Saru in a R15m Roux le­gal co­nun­drum

CityPress - - Sport -

It could cost the SA Rugby Union (Saru) R15 mil­lion to dis­miss Jurie Roux im­me­di­ately for his al­leged in­volve­ment in fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties prior to his ap­point­ment as the coun­try’s rugby boss in 2010.

Roux, Saru’s CEO, has for the past cou­ple of months been at the cen­tre of a storm over the al­leged con­ceal­ment of trans­fers of more than R32 mil­lion from Univer­sity of Stel­len­bosch funds – ap­par­ently to fund the Maties Rugby Club.

He is now fac­ing charges in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town to pay back the money.

City Press’ sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion, Rap­port, has as­cer­tained that al­though there is “tremen­dous pres­sure” on Saru and, specif­i­cally, on its pres­i­dent, Ore­gan Hoskins, to sus­pend Roux, any ac­tion against Roux could have “far-reach­ing fi­nan­cial con­se­quences” for Saru.

Netwerk24 ear­lier re­vealed that, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments served on Roux last month, as di­rec­tor and chief di­rec­tor of fi­nan­cial plan­ning and as­set man­age­ment at the Univer­sity of Stel­len­bosch, he “con­spired” with a col­league, Chris de Beer (then the deputy di­rec­tor of stu­dent fees) to make “unau­tho­rised” trans­fers from the univer­sity’s re­serve be­tween 2002 and 2010.

Sev­eral sources told Rap­port that Roux could pocket as much as R15 mil­lion if Saru sus­pends him be­fore the court case is com­pleted.

Roux ap­par­ently earns R3 mil­lion a year un­der the new con­tract. This pack­age does not in­clude bonuses.

Rap­port’s sources say that, in the case of a sus­pen­sion, Roux would have “a strong case in the labour court” – es­pe­cially since Saru was aware of the Univer­sity of Stel­len­bosch ac­cu­sa­tions against him when his con­tract was ex­tended.

A fur­ther headache for Saru is ap­par­ently that the case is not re­lated to Roux’s du­ties with the body.

Roux told Rap­port through his lawyer, Frikkie Eras­mus, that he was “anx­ious” to bring his case be­fore the court, but be­lieved the univer­sity was “de­lay­ing the process” by fail­ing to pro­vide doc­u­ments he had asked for.

– Rap­port

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