Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
17 Sep 2019
6:10 am

Bob Hewitt’s release makes ‘a joke’ of Ramaphosa’s fight against gender-based violence

Brian Sokutu

The debacle shows that some organs of state are not taking violence against women seriously, says an expert.

FILE PICTURE: Suellen Sheehan, AKA Olivia Jasriel, speaks to media after the trial of Bob Hewitt was postponed after he did not turn up for the preceedings at the Boksburg Magistrates Court, 10 January 2014. Picture - Neil McCartney

Convicted rapist Bob Hewitt’s parole, which was suspended after an intervention by Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola, pointed to a weakness in organs of state not taking the scourge of violence against women seriously, according to an expert. Lamola stepped in on Sunday to declare Hewitt’s parole would be taken on review on the grounds that his victims were never consulted. Hewitt – once a household name on the international professional tennis circuit – was convicted in March 2015 for raping two teenage tennis pupils and sexually assaulting a third in the 1980s and 1990s. Jailed in September...