"Like all jokes, not everyone will like them."
This was the response from a 16-year-old boy rejecting claims that the repeated strangling he allegedly suffered at the hands of admitted sex pest Collan Rex was a joke, where no harm was intended.
Advocate William Robertse, who is Rex's lawyer, has maintained throughout the trial that the 94 attempted murder charges his client faces for supposedly choking schoolboys until they passed out was not an intention to kill but, rather, a "normal" practice of "playing" with learners.
Rex, a 22-year-old former Parktown Boys High School water polo coach and hostel master, is facing 183 charges ranging from attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, sexual grooming and exposing minors to pornography.
The accused has already pleaded guilty to 144 counts of sexual assault in a reign of terror which lasted from 2015 to 2016 targeting boys aged between 13 and 16.