Three criminal cases and an enquiry case docket have been registered in relation to allegations of sexual abuse against former media executive Willem Breytenbach
“Kindly be advised that the matter you are referring to is still under investigation… The finer aspects of our investigation cannot be disclosed at this stage,” said Western Cape police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut on Friday.
With regards to the enquiry docket, Netwerk24 quoted Traut as saying it was the result of another statement by another alleged victim. The report said police wanted to investigate by the book.
Earlier on Friday, News24 reported six more young men had accused Breytenbach of sexual grooming, harassment and assault during his time at Media24 and as a digital entrepreneur.
The men came forward after the publication of Deon Wiggett’s podcast, My Only Story , on News24 three weeks ago.
“There is something I witnessed the year I left high school. It has been more than 20 years since I resolved to forget it forever. And I did. Until now. At one time in my life, I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell. Join me as I dig into the past to try to stop a terrible crime being committed in December,” – Deon Wiggett.
“On Jimmy’s LinkedIn profile, you may have been struck by a strange gap: the seven missing years between his graduation and the “start” of his working life. Luckily, I know more than LinkedIn: I know where he was. Well, so I thought, until I talked my way into the archives of a famous high school.”
“I can tell you everything,” he said, and he wasn’t kidding. Outside a Thai restaurant in 2019, Ben remembers a winter’s night from 1990 and tells me what he saw.
“The seven missing years draw to a close when a bullfrog plague hits global media titan Naspers – and me too.”
They spoke to News24 on condition of anonymity – some still fear Breytenbach, while others do not want their families to know what had happened to them or fear negative repercussions in their professional careers.
This brings to 26 the number of men, known to News24 and Wiggett, who have accused Breytenbach of rape or sexual assault since 1990 when he was a teacher at Grey College in Bloemfontein.
He later taught at Willowmore and Langenhoven high schools in Riversdale, where he also allegedly committed acts of sexual assault against minors before joining Media24 in 1995 as an education reporter at Die Burger.
Media24 has condemned Breytenbach’s alleged actions and called on its employees to come forward with evidence and report it to the police.
Breytenbach has refused to comment on any allegations. Last Friday, he told News24 his lawyer would react at an appropriate time.