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South Africa halts early release of convicted rapist and ex-tennis star Bob Hewitt

2019-09-16

South African officials have stopped the early release of convicted rapist and former tennis star Bob Hewitt.

Hewitt, 79, was sentenced to six years in 2015 after raping two girls and sexually assaulting another while coaching in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Department of Justice and Correctional Services said proper parole procedures were not followed and the victims were not consulted.

“It came as a huge shock,” Olivia Jasriel, one of Hewitt’s victims, said. “It’s disgusting the way we’ve been treated. It’s just a constant re-traumatisation. I haven’t had an opportunity to heal.”

Hewitt was set to be released on Sept. 23 but his case will now go before a parole board at an undetermined time.

Hewitt caused similar outrage when he applied to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest in 2018, a measure that also came up short.