Truth must out, says Bok coach

2008-09-07 00:00

Johannesburg — The Peter de Villiers camp insists that the truth must come out after the national rugby coach’s name was linked to a sex video and blackmail at the weekend.

Rian Oberholzer, De Villiers’s agent and a former CEO of SA Rugby, said yesterday they insist that an employee of the SA Rugby Union (Saru) be called to appear before a disciplinary hearing so the truth can be discovered. “Peter denies that there is any truth in the allegations and denies having been involved in anything like that. He has nothing to hide. It is sad that something like this should have happened to him. He has his faults, but what he is being accused of, is not part of those,” Oberholzer said.

It was reported at the weekend that a video allegedly exists that shows De Villiers having sex with a young woman.

The video was apparently used to blackmail the Bok coach to get him to select a certain Springbok

Shortly after the allegations appeared in Johannesburg paper the Weekender, Saru issued a statement, part of which read: “Peter de Villiers and Saru categorically deny there have been any attempts to blackmail or coerce him over the selection of any player to the national squad.

“Saru can confirm that a company employee did approach De Villiers on August 15 in Cape Town.

The employee made certain extraordinary claims, which Saru looked into, but [which it] has been unable to find any basis to support in fact.

“The employee was advised on August 25 that he would be called to an internal misconduct hearing, the charge sheet for which is still being prepared.”

The employee referred to is Chris Hewitt, one of Saru’s media spokesmen and a shortlived former communications manager of the Springbok team.

Oberholzer said yesterday he will insist that Hewitt appears before a disciplinary hearing.

A website reported this weekend that Hewitt was summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee last week and given the choice of either resigning last Monday or being dismissed.

According to the report, he refused to resign unless he is paid R2 million for his four-year contract with Saru.

SABC reported last night that De Villiers is considering legal action.

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