Springbok coach’s Bees comment is embarrassing – YCL

2010-09-03 15:21

The Young Communist League (YCL) has criticised Springboks coach Peter de Villiers for saying that the national rugby team was 100% behind murder accused Blue Bulls player Jacobus Bees Roux.

“His insensitive comments are an embarrassment to the nation, particularly for someone who holds a national position,” the YCL said today.

“We urge that he withdraws his statement and apologises to the bereaved family, who are mourning the loss of their loved one,” the YCL said.

De Villiers made the comment before Roux was granted R100 000 bail in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Monday.

He said the team supported Roux not on the deed, but on the circumstances that led to the incident.

The YCL said that no amount of conflict or dispute could justify murdering someone. It called Roux an “ill-disciplined” and “intoxicated” rugby player.

The YCL was referring to the confusion over what really happened on the night that Tshwane metro police officer Ntshumane Johannes Mogale was killed in Pretoria on August 27, allegedly by Roux.

Tshwane metro police regional director Moloko Racheku had said at Mogale’s memorial service that he had shuddered after hearing De Villiers’ comment.

He said it was obvious that the Springboks knew something about the incident that the rest of the public did not.

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