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SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Bryn Lennon

SA Rugby Union (Saru) CEO Jurie Roux - who now officially finds himself on the wrong side of an accounting scandal - has been ordered to pay Stellenbosch University the R37 million he shifted improperly from its cash reserves to its rugby club.

Roux has been engaged in a pitched legal battle with the university over payments made during his tenure as a director in the institution's finance department between 2002 and 2010.

On the strength of findings of a forensic probe initiated by the university in 2012, Roux was accused of using back-end access to the banking system to channel payments - which had neither been authorised nor budgeted for - to the Maties Rugby Club, where he held the position of treasurer and later chairperson.

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