The University of Stellenbosch’s case against SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux is likely to be heard in 2019.
According to Netwerk24, Western Cape High Court Judge Thandazwa Ndita recently declared the case as ready for a trial.
Roux is accused of misappropriating millions of rands to benefit the Maties Rugby Club during his tenure as club chairman.
Roux allegedly used software that would not leave an audit trail in making ‘unauthorised’ transfers from the university’s reserve funds to Maties Rugby Club. The report reveals that Roux ‘hid’ spending and ‘withheld’ about R35-million.
The funds are believed to have been transferred to various cost centres related to the rugby club, and used for a variety of club activities.
Roux left his job as chairperson of the Maties Rugby Club in 2010 to become SA Rugby CEO, while colleague Chris de Beer (the then deputy director of student fees who is also implicated in the matter) was fired by the university in 2012.
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