Weekend in jail for Blue Bull

2010-08-27 14:57

Pretoria - Super 14-winning rugby player Bees Roux has been involved in an incident that left a police officer dead, his Blue Bulls team said Friday.

The 28-year-old prop from South Africa is in custody at the Sunnyside police station in Pretoria, just blocks from Loftus Versfeld where some of his teammates will play for South Africa in Saturday's Tri-Nations test against Australia.

Quoting police, the South African Press Association later named the policeman as 38-year-old Ntshimane Johannes Mogale.

The Blue Bulls said they had no more information about the events involving Roux, who also plays for the Bulls, winners of the 2010 Super 14 rugby competition.

"It has come to the Blue Bulls' attention that Bees Roux has allegedly been involved in an incident involving a metro policeman last night in Pretoria," the Blue Bulls said in a statement. "We do not have any factual information at this stage, but have been informed that the policeman passed away. We are not in a position to make any further comments in this regard."

Police spokesman Lt. Col. Eugene Opperman told The Associated Press that police pulled over a vehicle in Pretoria early Friday morning.

"In the altercation that followed a policeman was severely beaten and has died," Opperman said.

Opperman said a male suspect had been arrested and will be charged with murder.

Police spokeswoman Capt. Katlego Mogale (no relation to the policeman) said the suspect will appear at the Hatfield Community Court on Monday and is then likely to be sent to Pretoria Magistrates Court to be charged "because Hatfield does not deal with serious crimes like murder."

Neither would give the suspect's name.

The incident happened "after officers had apparently apprehended a member of the public for alleged drunken driving at around 2am," member of the city's mayoral committee on community safety Dikeledi Lehobye said, according to SAPA.

"The department views this incident in a serious light. For us, the loss of one member is one loss too many," Lehobye said.

Lehobye also said police had spoken to two other officers, who are thought to have witnessed the events, but they were too traumatized to provide clarity on what had happened.

Mogale, who was married with children, had been with Pretoria's metro police for four years.

Earlier, Roux's lawyer, Ernst Serfontein, said he had yet to consult with the player, and was seeking a bail hearing. He declined to give any more details.

Emergency service spokesman Chris Botha said paramedics found the critically injured policeman lying on a street in the Hatfield area of Pretoria, near where Roux is currently being held.

The officer died soon after of extensive injuries, Botha said.

"It obviously came as a huge shock to us. We are not allowed to talk about it because anything we say can affect the case," Blue Bulls spokesman Ian Schwartz said. "We need to leave it now to the lawyers and the police."

Roux was on the bench for the Bulls in their Super 14 final victory over the Stormers in May. He has also played for the Blue Bulls in this season's Currie Cup _ South Africa's domestic rugby competition _ and last appeared in a game against Griquas on Aug. 20.

He had not been included in the Blue Bulls team for Friday's Currie Cup game against the Pumas in the northern city of Nelspruit.


  • StormersSupporter - 2010-08-27 10:51

    Geez! WTF? Would like to know if there is any truth in this. Want to see what more is to follow on this story. Crazy!

  • Steve - 2010-08-27 10:53

    Wow, this is disgraceful. Enjoy jail you thug.

  • Stuartw - 2010-08-27 10:54

    Ok watch all the comments about this being a typical bull attitude, with no information about the circumstances, just blind stupidity

  • Robert - 2010-08-27 10:54

    Bees you are scum!!! And should be shot! Even if you were antaginised who the hell do you think you are to go and hit someone!!! I do Krav Maga and would love to have a session with you!!! Then we will see how good your bully boy tactics are!!!! Lets see if you are still standing after taking on a professional fighter!!!!!!!

  • ED - 2010-08-27 10:54

    Dont mess with the Bees

  • len - 2010-08-27 10:56

    Weereens sien ons van watter klas hierdie " arrogant dutchmens"van gemaak is.Seker weer gesuip van die aand tevore.Great advertensie vir

  • Big Thinker - 2010-08-27 10:59

    He must have something right.

  • O HELL BULLS - 2010-08-27 11:00


  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-08-27 11:00

    Ag nee wat. Net meer skietgoed vir die nie-Bulle. Wat die F*K Bees. Wat het jygedoen. Jou dom klont!

  • Boeta - 2010-08-27 11:02

    Roid rage

  • Uncle - 2010-08-27 11:03


  • The facts - 2010-08-27 11:03

    Before one can form an opinion, one needs all the facts. Was Bees Roux under the influence of anything? If so what? Or did it happen in self-defense? Did the Metro officer threaten him in any way or try to bribe him? If the Officer were found in the street, how do they know Bees Roux committed the crime? Did he admit to it and hand himself over? Remember in our republic you are only allowed to use a gun, when threatened by a gun; a knife when threatened by a knife; fists when threatened by fists... this is considered fair...

  • hasie - 2010-08-27 11:06

    Nog 'n BLOU BUL!!!!!!!! Seker weer lekker gesnuif gewees!!!!!!!!! TE VEEL GELD EN TE MIN VERSTAND IS 'N GEVAARLIKE KOMBINASIE!!!!!!!!

  • paul okenfeldt - 2010-08-27 11:12

    Maybe the policemantried to be his hooker or maybe he was a sharks supporter? we'll never know....!

  • Easy E - 2010-08-27 11:14

    Let the law take its course!

  • STORMER - 2010-08-27 11:16

    Scary stuff this......I won't kick the man when he is down(unlike what he seems to have done)..but I will say that his temperament on the field should have been sign enough that this was always going to be a possibility. Condolences all round. Shocking.

  • Shocked WP supporter - 2010-08-27 11:16

    DISGUSTING! The Blue Bulls' true colours shining through.

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-08-27 11:17

    What can I say??? Blue Thug??

  • Rugga Supporter - 2010-08-27 11:24

    This is indeed very, very sad news for rugby in general. Profesional rugby players should not even get involved in fights in public.

  • Koos - 2010-08-27 11:24

    Dit is die grootste shocker ooit!!

  • The Editor - 2010-08-27 11:26

    I would like to see the facts regarding this incident. There might be more to this story...

  • Fidel Castro - 2010-08-27 11:29

    Public Prosecutor: "Mr Bakkies Botha. Where were you in the early hours of Friday morning and what were you doing?"

  • JW2415 - 2010-08-27 11:31

    I think it is a real disgrace that rugby players can behave in such a savage way. How do they expect the future generation of rugby players to look up to them. To kill a policeman is totally unacceptable. What type of players do the Blue Bullies have?????????????????

  • Susan - 2010-08-27 11:32

    In one article you mention the word accident and in this one an incident???? Which one is it now?

  • Bloumasjien - 2010-08-27 11:34

    Hoop dis net 'n misverstand.......

  • Dronkie - 2010-08-27 11:35

    Dis seker Bakkies...

  • Kaballas - 2010-08-27 11:38

    Lyk my hulle haal nou hulle streke "van die veld af" ook uit....................

  • Dirk Diggler - 2010-08-27 11:39

    A Bulls player...never...a front row player...never. The Bulls are honestly showing their true pre 94.....

  • unknown - 2010-08-27 11:41

    A story always have two sides to it, so to assume now that it was bluntly murder would be totally wrong., It could have been self defence also since police officials is not the angels that they pressumed to be in those early morning hours. Good once excluded.Being someone who is also to be found wondering around in those early hours and have seen lots of cases where people are being abused and assaulted by these officials only since they have got the law on their sides or wanting to show that they are inferior to normal citizens.Either way hope "The System" doesn't disappoint us again. Condolences to the family of the deceased and to the Roux family.

  • THABO - 2010-08-27 11:42

    Typical Blue Bul, when there not using dugs or chaeting on there wifes there killing people

  • THE MAN - 2010-08-27 11:42


  • Gtr - 2010-08-27 11:46

    I don't think we're going to live this one down... Now all Bulls'- players and fans will be known as 'copkillers'. I hope Roux was protecting himself, or something like that. Otherwise, if we want to curb the senseless killings, the death penalty has to be reinstated. This goes for white, black, colored, indian and whoever else.

  • Deonic - 2010-08-27 11:47

    Please people, let's not comment on this. Nothing good can come of this, and inflating comments are not going to help. In fact, I think the News24 guys should not allow comments on such a horrific story, knowing the infantile and racist views that some people have.

  • Blue Testicle - 2010-08-27 11:47

    Oooh watch this story explode.GO BULLS!

  • Deonic - 2010-08-27 11:48

    Please people, let's not comment on this. Nothing good can come of this, and inflating comments are not going to help. In fact, I think the News24 guys should not allow comments on such a horrific story, knowing the infantile and racist views that some people have.

  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-08-27 11:48

    i highly doubt he killed that oke....

  • Not Clever - 2010-08-27 11:53

    Now that wasn't very clever! Why would you do something stupid like that?

  • Piet Parow - 2010-08-27 12:01

    Hectic stuff.. Bees Roux will most probably not play tonight..

  • bok4life - 2010-08-27 12:06

    Who is it...??

  • Concerned - 2010-08-27 12:13

    According to Eye witness news it is Bees Roux who was arrested.

  • Guy - 2010-08-27 12:16

    Sex tapes, drug addicts and now murderers its all happening at the Bulls ! Its funny though they always the 1st to get down on their knees and praise Jesus ! Bunch of double standard facists, I bet the two seats in parliament that the freedom front have come directly out of Loftus! Once again a Bulls player is linked to embarrassing SA rugby ! My sympathy goes out to the SAPS, the policemans friends and family ! RIP

  • TheGreatWhiteAfrican - 2010-08-27 12:36

    Die Blou Bul weet nie van verloor af nie! Lol!

  • Headbutt - 2010-08-27 12:41

    Typical side effects of roid rage.

  • Josef - 2010-08-27 12:43

    There is two sides of every story. Some Police cops will do certain things except their duty. I was speeding with two Metro Cops and when I beat them they pull me over after 5km of joyfullfun of racing. After that I was arrested for moering the one cop. They open a murder case that I gooi him infront of a on passing car. rest in Peace Cop. Im Mix rys as Trevor Noah will said(clrd). A Bull attacked with it horns. The cop was to slow. Jys in k*k Bees roux

  • Arno - 2010-08-27 12:48

    Go Bulls. If the cops are not hounding Fudge or Mametsa then they go after any other big okes. Lets wait and see if the truth ever emerges.

  • Rugby Supporter - 2010-08-27 12:53

    Two sides to every story - remember when the Blue Bulls rugby player got harassed by the cops cause he was trying to help out at an accident scene? Pretoria cops are way too arrogant for their own good.

  • Dewald - 2010-08-27 12:55

    All of your commenting against the bulls and mentioning the whole "true colour" etc should really grow up, the same thing can happen to YOU. Lets see what happens with regards to the case and best SHUT UP before hand.

  • S - 2010-08-27 13:01

    Blue Bulls give SA rugby a bad name, think they should all be axed from the team.

  • Ant - 2010-08-27 13:03

    Deonic is right. The article specifically omitted the name of the player. Now it is published. @ Steve. Well done. So you have investigated the story, held a trail and convicted the guy all by yourself in less than 24 hours. Man we need you to run our Justice System.

  • PL - 2010-08-27 13:03

    @THE MAN: Dont be an idiot! This has got nothing to do with your bloody ANC or any politics! Apparently the cop was looking to make trouble anyway, and knowing Metro, this is most probably tru. Wake up you qoes!