SASCOC backs SARU, Roux

2016-03-04 13:27
Jurie Roux (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Within the space of 24 hours, Jurie Roux has gone from being seemingly under-fire to having the support of both the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and SASCOC. 

It has been a tough time for the SARU CEO, who has been placed at the centre of a storm of controversy as reports surfaced of his alleged mismanagement of funds during his time at Stellenbosch University. 

But SARU on Thursday night released a statement that voiced its "unanimous support" for Roux after consulting legal advice, and on Friday SASCOC further eased his worries. 

A joint-meeting between SASCOC and SARU was held in Johannesburg on Friday that was attended by Roux, SASCOC president Gideon Sam and SARU president Oregan Hoskins. 

According to a statement released by SASCOC on Friday, the meeting discussed the SARU statement released on Thursday as well as the allegations facing Roux.

"It's not true that SARU CEO Jurie Roux didn't disclose an investigation against him by his previous employer to SARU because he was employed in 2010 and the case only surfaced in 2013," the statement read.

"We are satisfied as SASCOC that our member, SARU, and its leadership have exercised their fiduciary responsibilities as per correct process and as further attested to by the Katz/Cilliers Legal Opinion."

The SARU statement on Thursday had referred to Advocate SA Cilliers SC and professor Michael Katz of ENSafrica, who had been sought for legal advice. 

SASCOC further emphasised that Roux was legally employed as CEO until 2021 and that they would let the legal system run its course. 

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