The former tennis star was sentenced to six years behind bars in 2015 after he was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting three youths he was coaching over 20 years ago.
Women and Men Against Child Abuse said they were disappointed that Hewitt would be released before completing his six-year sentence. The group’s Ngaa Murombedzi said: “It’s a step backwards in terms of getting justice for victims of historical cases of child sexual abuse.”
She said the decision to grant Hewitt parole had raised concerns about the country’s parole processes. “This is something that helps us to understand parole processes, which don’t reflect at all the experiences of victims.” The group has commended the victims of Hewitt’s abuse for their courage and bravery.
Convicted rapist Bob Hewitt has been granted parole and will be released on 24 April 2020 as he has served three years of his six year sentence.
WMACA Spokesperson Luke Lamprecht also elaborated on the matter. See video on SABC News -Full View here: