SARU members to discuss Jurie Roux

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

Cape Town - The future of rugby boss Jurie Roux will be discussed at a South African Rugby Union (SARU) executive committee meeting next Friday, Netwerk24 reports.

SARU president Oregan Hoskins has confirmed that he has called for the meeting after serious allegations of mismanagement against Roux, SARU’s CEO.  

“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.

It was reported on Wednesday that Roux “manipulated” financial management systems to favour the rugby programme during his time at Stellenbosch University.

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

According to Netwerk24, this occurred over a period of nine years when Roux had access to the university’s financial management system.

This comes after a preliminary report by audit firm KPMG revealed that Roux “hid” spending and “withheld” about R35m of the university’s reserves from the university council.

According to the Afrikaans website, Roux referred to the money as “sparries”.

The KPMG audit stated that former Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant, former Saracens loose forward Ernst Joubert, former Maties coach Chean Roux and new Blue Bulls Currie Cup coach Hendre Maritz benefited from these “sparries”.

Roux’s lawyer, Frikkie Erasmus, said his client will not comment on the allegations because it could negatively impact him in his legal battle with the University of Stellenbosch.

The University of Stellenbosch is suing Roux for R32m - the amount the Cape university believes Roux used to help fund the Maties Rugby Club.

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 left his job as chairperson of the Stellenbosch Rugby Club in 2010 to become SARU CEO.

De Beer was fired by the university in 2012.

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