Sex, drugs and Pedrie in new Bok shock

2010-01-11 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Springbok rugby has been hit by a new drugs shock.

Flanker Pedrie Wannenburg has admitted that he has abused cocaine and ecstasy, as well as alcohol.

This time there is also reference to a video, as there was in the case of former Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen.

Wannenburg’s drugs and alcohol abuse nearly cost him his rugby career.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke even warned him: “I think you should find something else to do.”

This was after a video was sent to the Blue Bulls Rugby Union (BBRU). That, coupled with his mother finding a straw with which he snorted cocaine in his bedroom, led Wannenburg to reconsider his lifestyle.

He is now tested by the Bulls’ team doctor on a weekly basis for alcohol and drug abuse.

Wannenburg, who has played several Tests for the Springboks and can play lock, flank and No. 8, tells his story in the latest issue of the magazine Finesse, which is available in shops today.

His confession follows Van der Westhuizen’s recent admission regarding the so-called Joost sex video and the fact that he abused drugs and alcohol.

Wannenburg, who has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons — including his stormy love-life — on a number of occasions in recent years, told Beeld yesterday that it is best to be honest, “no matter how difficult it is”.

“It is, and remains, difficult to talk in public about deeds you are ashamed of. I’m grateful for the people that are standing by me and supporting me. This motivates me to work hard at being the old Pedrie of whom I can be proud,” he said.

He said his big ambition is to again wear the Bok jersey.

According to the article, the video was made in a nightclub where Wannenburg used drugs. It was sent to the BBRU and led to Ludeke’s warning.

“I often drank myself into a stupor and always with other people. It’s probably easy for others to label me an alcoholic, but I’m not addicted.

“The cocaine and ecstasy goes hand in hand with the drinking. If you drink too much and the drugs are there, then you give in to temptation.

“It did not happen every day — just at parties for some added energy. After a while alcohol simply does not give you the same kick. You need something extra.”

He said he tried to stop on a number of occasions.

“I am human. I wanted to, but could not get myself focused the first time. When I did not get what I wanted … I turned to alcohol and drugs.”

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