Jurie Roux saga: Government to step in?

Jurie Roux (Gallo Images)
Jurie Roux (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - If needs be, the South African government will step in to handle matters regarding embattled SA Rugby Union (SARU) CEO Jurie Roux.

Roux has come under fire in recent weeks after it was reported that he “manipulated” financial management systems to favour the rugby programme during his time at Stellenbosch University.

He allegedly also benefited from bursaries he allocated to players when he was chairperson of the Maties Rugby Club.

The unauthorised payments are believed to be as much as R32m and Roux has been summoned to the Western Cape High Court to pay back the money.

SARU is yet to take action against Roux and a report earlier this week indicated that it may cost up to R15m to suspend Roux from his duties.

Gert Oosthuizen, deputy minister of sport and recreation, says the government is expecting feedback from SARU on the matter, but will only not step in until SARU’s internal processes are completed.

“A presentation will be made to us (by SARU) after the completion of their own investigation and we will step in if needed. But for now we have to respect SARU’s independence,” Oosthuizen was quoted as saying by Netwerk24.

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