Judge's verdict after Etzebeth investigation

The findings of SA Rugby's internal investigation into last year's Langebaan incident involving Eben Etzebeth have been revealed.

Two men alleged they were pistol-whipped outside a restaurant/bar in the early hours of 25 August, while two others claimed to have been racially abused by Etzebeth. The Bok lock denied the allegations.

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SA Rugby launched an internal investigation into the incident. According to Rapport newspaper, the report was completed some time ago, but SA Rugby was advised not to make it public for legal reasons.

However, Rapport has been able to establish that former judge Johann van der Westhuizen found Etzebeth was not involved in racism or assault.

He also found that:

– No grounds can be found for a case against Etzebeth.

– SA Rugby is advised to have a conversation with Etzebeth to make him thoroughly aware of the consequences that the actions of other people may have for him and how it may put him in a bad light.

– SA Rugby must have such talks with all Springboks. Players need to be aware of the damage that people close to them can cause.

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Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission said its case against Etzebeth is pending until the hate speech charge against former broadcaster Jon Qwelane was settled, while the NPA has not yet decided whether it will prosecute the Bok lock.

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