SA Rugby has finally broken its silence on Chief Executive Officer, Jurie Roux, with regards his ongoing legal battle with former employers, the University of Stellenbosch.
In December, Roux lost an arbitration appeal and was ordered to pay back R37 million to the university for the improper use of funds funnelled into Maties Rugby between 2002 and 2010.
Roux was found to have manipulated the electronic accounting system to channel millions of unbudgeted university funds to the rugby club.
According to SA, a review of the outcome of the appeal into the arbitration hearing between Roux and the university remains ongoing.
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“The legal process between Roux and the University of Stellenbosch continues following the filing of an application on 3 March in the Western Cape Division of the High Court for a review and setting aside of both the final arbitration award, as well as the award of the Appeal Tribunal against him,” said a SA Rugby statement. “Although SARU is not a party to the case, we understand the public interest in the matter considering Roux’s position as CEO of SARU. SARU has sought and received the input from an eminent legal team throughout this matter, which is currently considering the recent developments. Key stakeholders of SARU are being kept informed of developments.”
SA Rugby has been under pressure to announce some form of action against Roux since December, but has remained silent until now.