Roux 'benefited' from Maties bursaries

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

Cape Town - South African Rugby Union (SARU) CEO Jurie Roux possibly benefited from bursaries he allocated to players during his time as chairperson of the Maties Rugby Club, a report on Netwerk24 indicates.

According to the website, the bursaries were awarded to players who were managed by a sports agency of which Roux was a director.

This was while Roux was also senior director of finances at Stellenbosch University.

Auditing firm KPMG has advised the university to request the police to issue a summons in order to obtain Roux and his partner’s bank statements.

This comes after it was reported late last month that Roux “hid” spending and “withheld” about R35m of the university’s reserves from the university council to help fund the Maties Rugby Club.

He referred to the money as “sparries” from which certain players benefited.

According to court documents, Roux and a colleague, Chris de Beer (then the deputy director of student fees), worked together between 2002 and 2010 where they made "unauthorised" transfers from the university's reserve funds.

Roux allegedly used software that would not leave an audit trail in making these 'unauthorised' transfers from Stellenbosch University's reserve funds to the Stellenbosch Rugby Club.

However, the latest information obtained from the KPMG report is the first which indicates that Roux may have gained personal benefit from the money paid to the Maties Rugby Club.

Meanwhile, SARU will hold an executive committee meeting on Friday where Roux’s future as CEO of the organisation will be discussed.

READ the full exclusive report on Netwerk24

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