Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for South African Rugby Union (SARU) CEO Jurie Roux to be suspended pending the outcome of an investigation of financial mismanagement against him.
It was reported on Wednesday that Roux “manipulated” financial management systems to favour the rugby programme during his time at Stellenbosch University.
Solly Malatsi, a DA spokesperson for sport and recreation, told Netwerk24 that he has sent an open letter to SARU president Oregan Hoskins.
“The administration of rugby in South Africa cannot be led by someone who is caught up in serious allegations of financial mismanagement,” Malatsi said via a statement.
“The SARU leadership was always aware that Roux left Stellenbosch under a cloud of controversy. But they still saw it fit to make him chief executive officer.
“Now that the alleged financial wrongdoings have been exposed in KPMG’s preliminary audit, it would be good governance of SARU to act immediately and in a strong manner.”
Hoskins confirmed that he has called for a SARU executive committee meeting.
“The charges are serious and I’ve told the members of the executive committee that things are starting to turn ugly, we have to discuss it,” said Hoskins.