The day rugby giant Armand got even with loverboy Fanie
HOT-HEADED rugby player Armand du Preez caused an uproar in September 1996 when he conned his way into Fanie de Lange’s cell and proceeded to beat him up.
The hulking former Eastern Province lock gained access to Fanie – who was being held at Louis le Grange police cells – after posing as a member of his legal team.
Apparently outraged by a photograph of a confident looking Fanie that had featured in The Herald, Du Preez said he had not initially planned to hit Fanie, he simply wanted to tell him “he must not kill Merwe’s father with his arrogance.”
While Fanie declined to press charges, the state, did. In a fiery interview with the Herald a few days after the assault, an unrepentant Du Preez vowed he would beat Fanie up again should he be given bail. “They should bring a double claim because I’m going to donner him again,” he said.
Du Preez added that he had no regrets. “This guy caused the death of Merwe Swart. He has already admitted to having an affair with my friend’s wife. Is it right for him to sit in front of Merwe’s father in court and make jokes? How can a person like that walk around without handcuffs like bloody Al Capone?
“It’s our legal system that’s buggered. The honest guy gets into s**t and the rogues get good lawyers and get away with it.”
Du Preez was found guilty of assault and fined R250.