Cape Town - The South African Rugby (SARU) may have to pay CEO Jurie Roux as much as R15m if they suspend him for his alleged involvement in financial irregularities.
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.
According to Rapport, there is “tremendous pressure” on SARU and president Oregan Hoskins in particular, to suspend Roux, but any action against the CEO could have “far-reaching financial ramifications” for the rugby governing body.
Several sources told the newspaper that Roux could walk away with R15m if SARU expels him before the trial is completed.
According to the report, Roux currently earns R3m per year, excluding bonuses.