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Former Wimbledon champion Bob Hewitt guilty of rape

Former Wimbledon doubles champion Bob Hewitt has been found guilty of two charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault of minors by a court in South Africa.

Bob Hewitt had been charged with assaulting three underage girls. Credit: Reuters

Australian-born Hewitt, 75, had been charged with assaulting three underage girls during his time coaching children in South Africa in the 1980s.

Bob Hewitt won nine Grand Slam doubles titles, including five at Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Hewitt won nine Grand Slam doubles, including five titles at the All England Club, and six Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the 1960s and 1970s.

Hewitt had denied all the charges.


Mixed reaction to release of apartheid death-squad leader

There has been a mixed reaction to the decision to free Eugene de Kock within South Africa.

Eugene de Kock has spent 20 years behind bars in South Africa Credit: Reuters

De Kock was sentenced to 212 years in prison in 1994 after being convicted on charges ranging from murder and attempted murder to kidnapping and fraud.

Some South Africans are still angry at the atrocities he committed.

He is not supposed to be freed. The atrocities he did to our people were very bad.

– Aniel Motlhake

Others believe there has to come a time when forgiveness is the only way forward. A taxi driver in Johannesburg told Reuters:

There are some of our black brothers that killed a lot of white people and also white people that killed. At some point we need to forgive one another.

– Joseph Dlamini


Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock paroled

Eugene de Kock - the Apartheid death-squad leader dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s - has been granted parole after 20 years in prison.

Eugene de Kock an apartheid-era assassin nicknamed Prime Evil Credit: Reuters

Justice minister Michael Masutha told a news conference that de Kock would be released "in the interests of nation-building" and because he had expressed remorse at his crimes and had helped authorities recover the remains of some of his victims.

June Steenkamp: Reeva was leaving Oscar the night she died

June Steenkamp has described the stormy relationship her daughter Reeva had with Oscar Pistorius.

In an exclusive interview on This Morning, June said her daughter had her bags packed to leave the Olympic champion the night he killed her.

June Steenkamp, the mother of murdered Reeva Steenkamp. Credit: ITV This Morning

She said their three month relationship was full of fights - which she found odd so soon in their relationship. She said:

I think they were fighting because he wanted to dominate her, and she wasn’t the kind of girl you could dominate. She had her own stand in life.

– June Steenkamp

Asked by Phillip Schofield whether she thought Reeva was planning to leave, she said her bags were packed to leave on that fateful Valentine's night.

June said her presence in court disconcerted Oscar, and she thought this was important.

She said she will never get over the death of her daughter, and that she may meet Oscar in the future so that he can apologise for the enormous pain he has caused her family through his actions. She said she hopes her book will remind people of the life of her daughter, and not just her death.

South African Pierre Korkie's body will be repatriated

The South African government will "ensure" that the body of murdered Pierre Korkie will be brought home following reports of his death today.

Korkie died alongside fellow hostage Luke Somers during a rescue attempt by US special forces in Yemen.

Nelson Kgwete, a spokesman for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for the Republic of South Africa, said: "We have been informed that the American special forces are now in possession of Mr Korkie's body.

"We will arrange with them and the government of Yemen to ensure that we repatriate Pierre's remains to South Africa."

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