One could almost smell the burning rubber,
such was the hastiness of the Italian army like retreat beaten by SARU and
their president Oregan Hoskins in the face of the latest development in the
enquiry into their CEO Jurie Roux.
READ: SARU did not interview its own CEO!
A provisional report compiled by auditing
firm KPMG alleges that Roux used Stellenbosch University money to fund Maties
A report that Hoskins has known about since
at least August 2014 given that he actually reneged on a confidentiality
agreement with the university in order to show Roux a copy.
A report that SARU's general council knew
about when they unanimously approved the 5-year extension of Roux’s contract as
the CEO in September last year.
"Jurie Roux has been an outstanding
CEO of SARU and we are very happy to have extended his contract with the
organisation," said Hoskins.
"SARU has made major progress since he
was appointed in 2010 and we look forward to continuing to grow the game with
Jurie as the operational head for the foreseeable future.”
"We were made aware of certain
allegations (against Roux) and we have interrogated them. We are satisfied with
the explanations that Roux has given to us,” continued the president.
Yet when the report was made public last
week, instead of backing his CEO like he has done previously, he was straight
into survival mode, issuing a statement distancing himself from Roux’s initial
“The appointment of the SA Rugby CEO in
2010 was handled entirely by an external, independent recruitment company,”
said the statement.
In fact, not one of the candidates was
interviewed or had any other type of engagement with SA Rugby officials before
the appointment, and the first time Hoskins met Roux was on the latter’s first
day on the job!
Imagine being president of a company and not
being involved in the recruitment of your CEO!
That in itself is an issue, but given the
general council and president’s knowledge of the KPMG report on Roux when they
extended his contract in 2015, not being involved in his initial recruitment is
inconsequential. In fact, the statement smacks of a yellow bellied retreat in
order to protect one’s own gravy stained tie!
Whatever happens to Roux (and let’s not
forget that the KPMG report remains provisional (rather than final) 4 years
after the event, and that despite the police having been asked to investigate,
there is yet to be a criminal charge pressed), is this really the man we want
as president of SARU?
What happened to “innocent until proven
And perhaps more importantly, what happened
to backing your team-mate when the going gets tough?
Tank Lanning is a former Western Province
prop, current editor of the all new www.vodacomrugby.co.zawebsite that allows you to rate the SA players, and vociferous Tweeter from
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