Embers upped in Etzebeth case

SA Rugby have initiated an internal investigation into allegations that lock Eben Etzebeth assaulted and racially abused a homeless man prior to the World Cup.

This after the Human Rights Commission said it would take legal action against the 27 year old Bok lock.

“SA Rugby reaffirms its commitment as a good corporate citizen to abide by any requirements placed on it or its employees by South African authorities,” SA Rugby said in a statement.

“We have fulfilled all requests to date and will continue to do so as and when advised.

“Following our discussions with the South African Human Rights Commission, we have instituted an internal process to address the matter, the details of which remain an employment matter between SA Rugby and the player.”

Etzebeth has been accused of insulting, assaulting and pointing a gun at a 42-year-old homeless man in Langebaan in August. He was interviewed by Human Rights Commission officials before flying out with the South African squad, where he denied all allegations.

The commission said it would meet the complainant on Thursday to take further instructions.

“We will definitely ask for monetary compensation. We will ask for a public apology. We will ask for criminal prosecution of Mr Etzebeth. We will ask for community service and other forms of relief,” said Buang Jones, acting head of legal serves at SAHRC.

The commission will also hold a public meeting on Thursday in the town.

“The community are demanding justice,” said Jones.

He also said the commission will approach the country’s police service to ask it to look into claims of bias against a police officer who initially investigated the matter.

- All Out Rugby