Former Bok denies fraud

2012-07-12 12:37

Cape Town - Former Springbok Thys Burger has defended himself against fraud claims, Eyewitness News reported on Wednesday.

Burger, who runs his own promotions company, was accused of auctioning Springbok memorabilia at fund-raising events but not paying over the proceeds.

He said he had paid most of the organisations owed money and was still finalising payments for the remaining two.

The former Springbok blamed cash flow problems, according to the radio station.

"There were people that owed me money in some cases. Promoters that do golf days; I sell the stuff and they send their invoices. People pay them, so there was a lot of money outstanding," he said.

Willem Grobler, a member of staff at Bryanston High School in Johannesburg, said Burger had told the school this before.

"He has all sorts of promises and stories that people have taken him for a ride, and now he’s without money so he cannot pay us and (said) that he would have to take bonds on his property."

Muldersdrift Business Women's Association member Laurice Matulovich said Burger had owed the association R35 000.

"He just ignored us, hoping we would disappear," Matulovich told the radio station.

The association and school have since been paid and Burger stated that he would settle the other outstanding debts.

Burger was capped three times for the Springboks at No 8, making his debut against the British and Irish Lions in Bloemfontein in 1980.

He is the father of former Cheetahs and Blitzbokke player, Phillip.


  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 12:40

    How must Philip feel with all this going around.

      jason.children - 2012-07-12 12:45

      Ja, people never think how our actions affect those around us! But Phillip is his own man and must just carry on with his life!

      mark.grant.77920 - 2012-07-12 12:57

      @ Lionel, I hope Phillip will still feel with his hands

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-12 13:12

      Me to Mark,nowadays one never knows:):)

      napolita.kio - 2012-07-12 13:49

      @lionel - The isn't a feeling one MUST feel. You make a choice of how you feel. As for Phillip, the short answer is YOU ask HIM.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 16:14

      thanks dr phil napolenta

  • Flemjob - 2012-07-12 12:51

    This is typical for South Africa. You don't get paid so you cant pay others. Its a vicious circle. I got married there about 5 years ago and just about everyone involved tried to rip me off. The way people do business out there is very short sighted. They only think about the present and not the future. Then again how is this rugby news?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 16:25

      you do have a point flemjob bud. everyone is out for a quick buck. i think its probably our mentality of mortality here. life is cheap, we might not be around tomorrow and this country might decide to fully implode tomorrow. not much we can do at this stage bud. boet, your name is siff bud, flemjob? yirra that sounds siff, chaan

  • Francois - 2012-07-12 16:22

    eers Morne se pa en nou Phillip

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-12 16:26

      i was trying to say that earlier. after that, morne played like sh*t and hasnt recovered

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-12 17:50

    How the mighty have fallen......

  • Tamaranui - 2012-07-12 19:17

    Is that Symcox......Both are DODGY as....

  • Jody - 2012-07-13 09:21

    Why the negative comments.Sometimes things go wrong and if Thys says he will correct the situation give him a chance to do so. I played rugby with the man and i can tell you that i remember him as a great man with integrity.

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