YCL criticises Div's comments

2010-09-03 14:11

Johannesburg – The Young Communist League (YCL) has criticised Springboks coach Peter de Villiers for his comment on the national rugby team being 100% behind murder accused Blue Bulls player Bees Roux.

"His insensitive comments are an embarrassment to the nation, particularly for someone who holds a national position," the YCL said on Friday.

"We urge that he withdraws his statement and apologise(s) to the bereaved family, who are mourning the loss of their loved one," it said.

De Villiers made the comment before Roux was granted R100 000 bail in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on August 30.


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

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

They were referring to conflicting statements on what happened on the night Tshwane metro police officer Ntshimane 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 that the Springboks obviously knew something about the incident that the rest of the public did not.

De Villiers could face a disciplinary hearing with the South African Rugby Union (Saru) for his comment, and other comments made in the past, according to reports.