Keohane in cocaine scandal

2012-06-03 09:30

Cape Town - Local rugby writer Mark Keohane has resigned as spokesperson for South Africa's Olympic team after allegations of drug abuse and sexual harassment.

According to Rapport, Keohane resigned from his post on Friday, while also stepping down as director of publishing company, Highbury Safika Media (HSM).

Former female employees of Keohane claim he suffers from a "miserable cocaine addiction", visits prostitutes and also sexually harasses women.

Several employees of Keohane have made similar claims against him over the last two years, which was brought under the attention of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Keohane said he has informed the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee's (SASCOC) CEO Tubby Reddy of his decision to resign as spokesperson which won't see him go to London for the Olympic Games in July.

Keohane told Rapport there is an agenda against him and he resigned because he can't allow "unhappy and vengeful former employees to undermine the credibility of HSM and SASCOC".

Keohane and HSM signed a contract with SASCOC, believed to be R12m, in 2008. They do all the media liaison work for SASCOC and South Africa's Olympic team.

Keohane said he has already enlisted legal advice to fight the allegations brought against him.

Reddy said SASCOC's contract is with HSM and not with Keohane, but added that should the allegations against Keohane be proven true, it would be contrary to the image the sports body aims to portray.


  • goyougoodthing - 2012-06-03 09:39

    Now that's a surprise.

      mzwakhe.mbhele - 2012-06-03 09:52

      all i can say is u did well by resigning..

      Rob - 2012-06-03 10:03

      Fantastic....I have always disliked this...." person. " Great news !

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-03 10:52

      Tell me, regardless of what Keo has done or not, what is the big deal with two adults exchanging money for sex? Who cares.

      Jou - 2012-06-03 10:59

      Anyone that glorifies Puke Twatson has to be on drugs.

      Burtfred - 2012-06-03 11:09

      I've always thought Keohane looks like a slimeball.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-06-03 11:10

      One of the many fallacies of reasoning is using ones opinion of the person to form an opinion on what they say or do. I couldn't care less about the guy, my Sunday's still going ahead as planned. But it is clear that many people don't like him and are using that dislike to label and shame him. I will extend him the same courtesy I would like if I'm ever implicated in a scandal and assume innocence until proven guilty

      elnalouise.schuttecoetzer - 2012-06-03 15:47

      The truth will now come out. All the wonderful lady employees who had to leave HSM because of this guy, i hope you all stand up for yourselves now!!

      Koos - 2012-06-04 03:58

      He still has a way to go before he can be treated. He need to admit having an addiction, only then can he be helped.

      Smell - 2012-06-04 07:14

      No surprise to me. This is the man who had the gall to label Springbok legend Mannetjies Roux as a "cheap thief" for selling his Bok jacket. I am sure Mr. Roux agonized over that one, and perhaps it had something to do with the not infrequent hardships of being a Karoo farmer. And I am fairly sure Mr. Roux was not selling his jacket to feed a cocaine habit or fund liasons with prostitutes. The annoyingly smug individuals like Keohane and Watson which are always first to stereotype or point out the problems in other groups (like Afrikaners) or individuals (like Mr. Roux) are very often sitting on giant moral issues of their own - towers of dung on which they build their "moral superior" stance.

      Preshen - 2012-06-04 08:58

      Cocaine is a sign you are earning too much

  • Harold - 2012-06-03 09:53

    Smoke then fire. or is it if there is smoking then there is going to be firing. Its best to leave before the fire starts and go smoke somewhere else.

      pierrehenri.rossouw - 2012-06-03 15:45

      Sharp man, very sharp ;)

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-06-03 09:59

    Innocent until proven guilty, if you don't like it, blame the Constitution. However, there's usually fire when smoke starts to full the room.

  • michael.mclaggan.9 - 2012-06-03 10:07

    If the allegations are true then this is heartbreaking. Keo has been South Africa's kingpin in sports journalism for years.

      Rob - 2012-06-03 10:14

      Rubbish this oke has always been a stirrer & is a government lackey.

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-06-03 11:41

      Michael, go dig deeper and see what comes up with EP Kings and that crowd.

      Tony - 2012-06-03 18:48

      Kingpin my £%$

  • boltonbarry - 2012-06-03 10:12

    Good riddance

  • Nabeel - 2012-06-03 10:15

    Not surprising, wouldnt be shocked if the whole crew gets pulled into this. They are a bunch of crazy mofo's.

  • Hans - 2012-06-03 10:17

    The same pinhead that labelled Mannetjies Roux as a cheap thieve by trying to sell his own Springbok blazer on auction. Kokehane.

      Francois - 2012-06-03 14:46

  • keba.mothoagae - 2012-06-03 10:26

    Pdivvy has accused him of being one of the busybodies who tried to get him fired in just his first season as Bok coach. If that was true and so are these revelations then we've had a wolf in sheepwool masquerading as the voice of rugby in media all this time. Karma, I tell you.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-03 10:42

      Different story. Just because the man may have addictions it does not mean he was wrong about the Muppet PDV.

      keba.mothoagae - 2012-06-03 13:05

      @goyougoodthing I understand where you come from. I was not overly sold with Div but if the nefarious machinations he accuses Keo of are true then, wow, does it go around. An agenda bearer being brought down by one.

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-04 00:01

      @Karma, he would be a perfect candidate for ZOOMERS cabinet

  • Frank - 2012-06-03 10:29

    The social impact of cocaine is devastating and if people understood this, perhaps more people would stop taking it. If you look at the supply chain of getting cocaine from the jungles of Columbia to the users in the USA, Europe and South Africa you will see that most of it gets shipped by violent gangs through Mexico, Belize and other Latin American countries. The level of murder, extortion, slavery and corruption associated with this is MASSIVE. The reality is that it isn't just drug criminals killing each other, millions of innocent civilians are affected too. If you buy cocaine you are ACTIVELY supporting this. Take a drive through the Cape Flats, the same thing happens there with regards to tik and mandrax. Social drug users always claim it's okay to take drugs because "it isn't hurting anyone". Wrong! All along the drug supply chain millions of people are affected by people using drugs thousands of kilometres away. If you buy drugs you support this and you are destroying society. Would you buy a pair of sneakers if you knew they were made by an enslaved child in China? One would hope not, yet somehow people think it's okay to buy drugs. All drugs are tainted with the blood and suffering of others, the user just conveniently doesn't see it. Demand fuels supply, we need to stop the demand or the supply will keep affecting millions of people in the most negative way possible.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-03 10:45

      Frank, they should legalise it. All the things you mention, the incredible social ills all stem fromt he fact that it is illegal. People do what they want anyway. Legalise. Tax it, control the mix. If someone wants to kill themselves they are going to do it anyway. It would stop the trafficking up people's bottoms and stop the drug wars. It would also bring the price down... I'm not a user but freedom should be jus that.

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-03 11:39

      Good thing how would legalizing of drugs stop the drug wars?

      Stormkaap - 2012-06-03 11:41

      What is bad for society is bad for the individual and what is bad for the individual is therefore bad for society.. drugs are bad..fools think that bad things can be controlled.. Alcohol cant be properly controlled how the heck is drugs going to be controlled..

      James - 2012-06-03 11:58

      @bolton I would not be illegal to cultivate and manufacture drugs, therefore any one could do it, the price would plummet and the small profit margins would drive the criminal element out. (in a nutshell). There are far more detailed articles and studies if you would care to look for them.

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-03 13:52

      @ James Ok so you have that figured out. How are you going to stop people overdosing on drugs when everyone can cultivate it and how are you going to stop the effect of this on family members and more often than not innocent parties that suffer because of someone who chooses to use it.... Like this for example

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-03 13:54

      @ James. Alos how are you going to keep the drug cartels from stepping up their campaign of terror when they suddenly realize that they are not making the billions of Dollars and therefore can not sustain their rich man life style any more ?

      oistar.tutu - 2012-06-03 16:38

      Duh boltonbarry. It is because cocaine is illegal that the blackmarket exists, thus the drug wars. Lets put this bluntly. More people are harmed and killed because of the drug wars than are those who take cocaine.

      Hans - 2012-06-03 16:45

      The real problem is that cocaine gets mixed with all sorts of horrific chemicals. The problem with SA is simply the ANC government. A real government would never allow its borders to be open like the legs of a whore, and never allow Nigerians to run wild. Also, a real government would have a real police force, with real task teams in place, who would close the eyes of any drug dealers or cartels. I lost a close friend to cocaine, and even he was surprised at how freely the drug has become available in SA, and also the arrogance of the dealers. Besides that, well trying to get a user of it is very difficult, the best is to simply out them on a plane to countries with harsh laws against it - or a lengthy jail term. Cocaine has become an accepted social drug it seems, people snort the stuff without considering what's in it, and how it landed in SA. It is also a friend eraser, and erases your brains. With the current government it is pointless to fight it, as they prefer to close down hardcore crime fighting units - like the Organized Crime Unit that was closed down in Cato Manor. The Mexican government has stepped up the fight against drug cartels, and if only the other governments world wide, where cocaine is being shipped to, adopts the same stance, would we see some results. Cocaine use or abuse is a dead end street.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-03 17:01

      Hans, I lost 2 good mates because of drugs, they didn't overdose but they managed to kill themselves in cars. It's the nature of it. I know a few people who have ended up in hospital because of cocaine, e and all manner of stupid things. I also know many more people who have ended up in hospital or dead because of alcohol. People who have a death wish or who like drugs will get them, no matter what you do to make it unavailable. It just drives up the price and makes the average kid into a criminal (think some lad trying a bit of weed and getting caught). It's time it were legal and people, yes people, were made responsible for their own actions. The real reason drugs are illegal is because the cartels make much more money off of it this way. They WANT it illegal so that they can make MORE profit.

      brendon.greeff - 2012-06-03 19:12

      Frank I hear you mate, but you need to get clued up on a few things China. EVERYBODY buys products made in China, over 70% of our textiles come from China. The Chinese government has over 300 journalists in prison for reporting facts that are banned from any media e.g. Tiananmen Square killings. I guarantee you that if you and every other person reading this go look in your closets you'll find garments that are made in China. The problem is that people don't know the truth and so I commend your post.

      pearson.botha - 2012-06-03 20:00

      Stormkaap - Your comments on alcohol and it's control. Are you aware of how organised crime originated during prohibition? Prohibition is good for criminals. Legalise it!

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-03 20:04

      At Oistar. My question to him is not about what could have been but what is.The reality is that there are drug cartels who fight one another over their market. I can honestly not see how legalizing the drug trade will stop drug wars. It is what is is unfortunately. I agree that if drugs were legalized that it possibly,could have, maybe, reduce people getting killed over it but the devastating effect it has on its users and society. It is not the drugs per say that causes drug wars but rather the income that is generated from it IE money. That is the true evil as with many other things. If you can assure me that the drug lords will stop fighting over money I will agree with you.

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-03 20:09

      @ Oistar. My question is not one made out of ignorance but from someone who was in law enforcement long enough to see the effects of it. A lot of people think the solution is simply to make it legal without really having a concrete well thought out plan. They say make it legal but have no idea how to do it. So my question was more to see if he has figured out a plan. It's very easy to say stop it but it's never that easy

      Smell - 2012-06-04 07:11

      If drugs were to be legalized, kids under 18 would be the only remaining profit group. Legalizing hard drugs like cocaine, heroin and cystal meth would herald the end-game for Western civilization. And if we were degenerate enough to allow it, deservedly so.

      Frank - 2012-06-04 09:51

      I am glad my comment sparked some healthy debate. In my mind I'm not sure what the answer is. Legalising it would help end drug wars to an extent, but it would create a whole new set of problems. Society needs a form of release which is why alcohol and cigarettes are lawful, but how many people have been killed because of them? But the US tried prohibition and it failed because the masses need their "opium". So which is the lesser of the two evils: keeping drugs illegal and the killing continues, or making it legal and inviting generations of new children to become addicts? There is no simple answer. There is another point to make though: If society is given too much freedom, inevitably they destroy themselves. People aren't capable of functioning without rules. Abstinence forms the basis of most religions and there is a very good reason for that. It is human nature to make the wrong choices for themselves and for society if people don't function within defined boundaries. Finding the balance of what should be allowed and what shouldn't is, however, an impossible question to answer. But one thing is very certain: People that buy drugs are actively encouraging the breakdown of society. It may not affect their rich little country club circle of friends, but is it impacting people they don't know and clearly don't care about.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-03 10:36

    Come on give this guy a break. It was the cloud of white powder all over his face, that impaired his vision. When he mistakenly mistook a prostitute for a co worker that he thought undoubtedly wanted to get down and do the nasty with him. Oi. People are so judgmental.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-06-03 10:41

    I wonder how much cocaine Keocane will be able to buy with his R600.000 a month deal at the PE rugby stadium.......

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-06-03 21:19

      Maybe you should read the apology on from the dude who made those allegations about Marks involvement at PE stadium. Turn out it was all lies.

      Johannes - 2012-06-04 14:53

      @matt.prinsloo.1 why did he? Maybe you should ask the company mentioned in that article why he wrote an apology. Was it because it was lies or was it because he got threatening phone calls? But don’t worry let’s see what else comes out of the woodwork lol. You aint seen nothing yet.

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-06-04 15:38

      johannes - jou naam klink suspicious, het iemand jou ouers gedreig om jou dit te noem? of wat is jou regte naam? kyk ne, al wat ek sien is n verskoning van die kwagga op en n klomp Lions supporters wat nou skielik dink Keohane se stories beteken slegte nuus vir die Kings... Vir die Lions supporters om nou skielik soveel te lees in die episode... nee wat. Kings is daar volgende jaar. Ek stel voor kry iets konkreet om julle hoop op te plaas.

      Johannes - 2012-06-04 16:22

      Ha ha ha ok then my parents didn’t make me on a carpet so they dint call me "Matt" or is that short for "Mattewis die Kat Prinsloo?" Just kidding lol. And I’m a Lions man now?? I think most of my friends will have a good little giggle at that. Let’s just sit back and see how all of this ends. Believe me Days of our lives lol. But I did like your Johannes come back. But some more stories to come. And that is the truth Matt this is just the little tip of it all. This was just to make the right person, persons run around a bit. More to come Matt more to come!!! Its not Hope Matt it is what will be soon.

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-06-05 08:39

      nee nee, jy het die verkeerde cartoon character beet daar... mannemarak is my naam... Johannes, ek glo jy is verkeerd omtrent die ouens by EP. Tot nou het hulle meer goed as kwaad gedoen vir rugby in die Oos Kaap. Terloops, ek sien Wesley Dunlop ook nou blykbaar by die Kings... goeie aanwins

  • Nabeel - 2012-06-03 11:00

    @goyougoodthing give that man a bells... LoL

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-06-03 11:01

    If these are unfounded allegations why resign ?

  • Esther - 2012-06-03 11:42

    Do you remember your rantings about Geo Cronje a few years ago,Mark

  • Paul - 2012-06-03 11:53

    He had white line fever! Snyf tot die bloed loop you sad excuse for a human being !

  • Marco - 2012-06-03 12:09

    yall jes hatin on a playa #sharetheschnarf #smakmybishup

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-06-03 12:14

      In English? Or any recognisable language?

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-03 13:57

      Please post in a language that does not give the impression that you are also using some strong contraband

      Heiku - 2012-06-04 14:52

      I agree. playa hatin is contagious h8 the game not the playa.

  • Sean - 2012-06-03 12:12

    Shame Mark, it is all starting to fall apart! The Lions fans send their best wishes!!!

  • Herbert - 2012-06-03 13:18

    i'm wondering how some people can still jump to Mark's defence. "Several employees ... over two years . . . taken to CCMA." or are we still old school boys club South Africans and sexual harrasment is nothing but harmless fun?

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-06-03 13:37

    No surprise really,just goes to show that people in "high" places are usually the people who think they can take a chance and then get away with it.

  • hemant.narshi - 2012-06-03 13:54

    The real Keohane finally been exposed

  • Francois - 2012-06-03 14:45

    he's an arrogant prick anyways...not surprised at all...

  • Francois - 2012-06-03 14:46

    Joost 2.0

  • Lara - 2012-06-03 17:21

    Now, that's a nosedive.

  • rudi.v.wyk - 2012-06-03 18:17

    This oke put the COC in SASCOC

  • boltonbarry - 2012-06-03 20:10

    I wonder if he can now be called Keoshame ?

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-06-04 00:02

    I knew there was something wrong with this midget upstairs. His character is flawed and always wants to act like he is superman or something. He always goes against the rules and thinks he is law to himself. Always looking for attention with the bile and puke he writes.

  • Blixum - 2012-06-04 08:56

    That will put all his previous and future articles in perspective...

  • marc.wentworth - 2012-06-04 10:54

    biggest wanker in the world

      matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-06-04 11:48

      obviously not if he is paying to get some LOL

  • DavotheMagnificent - 2012-06-04 11:11

    Never liked the reporting, to the extent that I stopped subscribing to his site, but addiction is a terrible thing, all the best with recovery, and restarting your life.

  • Johannes - 2012-06-04 14:37

    Hmmmm and so it starts now come on South African reporters start to dig more. The first of the Evil Dwarfs has fallen now can you lot please get the rest. They may think they are "cheeky" and that they can get away with it. They might even think they are the "Kings" of Rugby but if you dig and you keep on digging the truth will come to light!!!!!!!

  • VaMbozha - 2012-06-04 15:20

    Whats wrong with paying for sex?

      VaMbozha - 2012-06-04 15:21

      or visiting prostitutes? maybe he was selling condoms!!

      Michaele - 2012-06-04 16:33

      That's called desperation

  • Michaele - 2012-06-04 16:32

  • Bruce - 2012-06-05 08:19

    What an A-hole. Always has been. Good riddance.

  • karien.human.7 - 2012-06-07 13:39

    At last he gets what he had coming for a looong time. When female employees complained about this at the company he worked for, they were all ' let go / retrenched ' by the board of directors. Pity so many had to suffer his sexual advances before anything would be done to him...

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