SA Rugby chief Jurie Roux will have an opportunity to clear his name at the Cape Town High Court in May.
Regardless of what happens on the field, 2019 is set to be an eventful season. Bok pillar Eben Etzebeth is in line to sign a record-breaking contract offer from Toulon while Siya Kolisi, the first black, Springbok captain, has confirmed he is not in favour of quotas and now there’s the prospect of Roux making a court appearance, the outcome of which could dethrone one of SA’s highest-ranking rugby administrators months before the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
It’s been a long wait for Roux whose reign as CEO of SA Rugby has been shadowed since 2013 by allegations of fraud committed during his tenure as Stellenbosch University’s director of financial planning and asset management between 2002 and 2010.
Roux, who had also served as chairman of Maties rugby club, left the university in 2010 for his current post at SA Rugby.
The university reportedly laid criminal charges in 2013 and a civil claim was filed in 2015 in which Roux was accused of misappropriating funds to the value of R32m.
A report by independent auditors revealed “unauthorised” transfers from the university’s reserve funds to the benefit of the rugby club, including R5m in bursaries to players and a deposit of R55,250 into Roux’s account via a club coach.
Roux has denied the allegations.
“It’s certainly a frustration because Jurie would like to get into court to be able to ventilate all the matters that he’s been accused of,” Roux’s lawyer Frikkie Erasmus said in 2016. “We’re anxious to get into court as soon as possible.”
On Thursday, Erasmus, told Netwerk24 that a court date has finally been set for May 13.
— Staff Writer