The day rugby gi­ant Ar­mand got even with lover­boy Fanie

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS -

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.

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