Mujati's racism claims probed

2011-08-28 18:38

Dublin - Leinster are investigating claims from Northampton's Springbok prop Brian Mujati that he was subjected to racist abuse during Friday's pre-season friendly at Donnybrook.

The 26-year-old said the racist remarks came from two South Africans, Leinster lock Steven Sykes and prop Heinke van der Merwe, whom Zimbabwe-born Mujati played alongside at South African side the Lions.

"Steven Sykes and Heinke van der Merwe called me a baboon during the scrums," Mujati, capped 12 times by South Africa, wroteon the social networking site, Twitter.

"Racism is still alive and things don't change."

He added: "The guy then tries to shake my hand after the game. Naturally, I tell him to f*** off.

"I wish them all the best with their careers. I was shocked by how blatant they were being and to think I actually thought I knew Heinke from back in the Lions days."

Mujati's comments were subsequently removed from Twitter.

Meanwhile a Leinster statement said they'd initiated a "full internal investigation," adding: "The managements of both teams are in close communication and hopefully the matter will be resolved as soon as possible.

"No further comment will be made at this time until that resolution has been reached."

Ireland's Sunday Independent newspaper said Van der Merwe and Sykes, who deny the racist abuse, were expected to claim they use the word 'bobbejaan' as a trigger call at the scrum in order to gee up the pack and that it comes from their time playing in South Africa. The word translates as baboon.

The Irish Rugby Football Union is in contact with both Leinster and Northampton regarding the matter.

Neither Mujati nor van der Merwe and Sykes are in champions South Africa's squad for next month's World Cup in New Zealand.


  • Agent - 2011-08-28 18:47

    Oh please get over it!!!!!!!

      Agent Bastad - 2011-08-28 19:12


      BringITon007 - 2011-08-28 19:35

      Have been to his country off birth??? Talk about racism!!!! Ask the people whom lost their way off life, land and right to live in their place off birth. Oh, by the way doe he believe in evolution... Just asking... LOL

      clark - 2011-08-28 19:58

      - So the persecution / racial victim complex follows these people all over the world - how pathetic.

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-29 04:46

      This proves that you can take the racist out of the trailer park, but you can not take the trailer park out of the racist.

      Met - 2011-08-29 08:35

      It has been reported that the claim by Mujati, has no substance. He should be made to apologise to the 2 accused players or told to go and relax on his fathers confiscated farm

      Met - 2011-08-29 08:43

      Howzitzoo- I know a different version of that saying, which incidentally, would be very appropriate in your case. Rather an hones life in a trailor park, than living off theft and corruption in Waterkloof. - 2011-08-29 08:44

      I hope I don't offend homosexuals here, but this Neil guy looks seriously gay and Howzitekse, I think you right about him being from the trailer park as well.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-29 09:45

      ....but blacks don't understand "Afrikaans"...??!! ......or only when it suits them...??

  • jjacgilbert - 2011-08-28 18:54

    Just go away man. Sick fo this racial rubbish. It eats at the heart of South Africa like a cancer. Stop publishing such rubbish.

      Flemjob - 2011-08-29 13:29

      Printing stories without evidence as usual. Mujati should also be careful making claims he cant prove. I followed Mujati on twitter for a while. All I got was religious nonsense. What would Jesus do Brian?

  • GhengisKhan - 2011-08-28 18:55


  • slg - 2011-08-28 18:58

    It was not necessarily racism, but almost certainly demeaning. Both don't have a place in true sportsmanship and competition.

  • Met - 2011-08-28 19:04

    With SARU out of the picture, we may get to an objective conclusion

  • JandB - 2011-08-28 19:05

    No form of racism should be tolerated in rugby. but Brian can count himself lucky that he is in a country that does not tolerate such abuse, perhaps he can take the message home to Dad.

  • Juggernaut - 2011-08-28 19:06

    Ag shame

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-28 19:13

    Oh run to mommy.

  • Grunt - 2011-08-28 19:27

    Why is this totally irrelevant junk under SPORT and not under NEWS?

  • vegetarian - 2011-08-28 19:32

    No wonder these South African emigres are hated wherever they go the world over. I remember a soccer match between Spain and England 3 years where some racists were waving posters with the words "Sawubona England" followed by derogatory commentary. Only a South African racist emigre can write such a poster.

      JandB - 2011-08-28 19:36

      ? Sawubona = Greeting maybe they were just from south london, that accent sounds derogatory.

      RandomDude - 2011-08-28 22:02

      Hey Veggie .. Generalize much? .. they love us all over the world. ..personal experience .

  • Raymond - 2011-08-28 20:19

    The two players should rather have shouted 'AAP' then maybe Brian would'nt have felt so bad.Who says that if someone shouts a word that it is meant for you unless,'if the shoe fits,then wear it.' I can't believe this coming Steven Sykes.

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-28 20:20

    Mugabe should apologize to all the farmers. Britain gave him funds towards land reform. He withheld it from black farmers and very probably stole it. Britain stopped giving the funding. Mugabe became insane. And from then on in things just went from bad to impossible to live in Zimbabwe. Their income per person is $400 per person per year. 1/10th of what a Chinese worker earns. Mugabe should be a man and apologize to all South Africans and Zimbabweans. He was wrong to go about it the way he has gone about running Zimbabwe as a racist state. Whites cannot be the only ones making the apologies for racism.

      OZNOB - 2011-08-28 20:53

      totally agree with you and he should apologise to his own people for all the suffering that he has inflicted on them

      buckaroo - 2011-08-29 09:07

      2 words.... SPORTS ARTICLE... Take your politics elsewhere, please.

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-28 20:31

    With all respects in all sports there will always be chirping to throw people of their game - to suddenly claim it was a racist remark indicates that he probably has a grudge against these players or is just being vindictive against them. personally i would welcome the results of the investigation as i feel it would probably exonerate the players.

  • windreav3r - 2011-08-28 21:07

    If Mujati doesn't have the composure to take a little bit of sledging ingame, then he doesn't even deserve to wear a jersey. Sledging is part of the game, and if you aren't willful enough to shrug it off then you better harden the hell up or go home.

  • Michael-James - 2011-08-28 22:20

    Bobbejaan??? Verstaan die Iere afrikaans as hulle bobbejaan moet sê wanneer hulle moet skrum? Eks seker Mujati het n rassistie woord in xhosa of zulu gesê tydens of na die wedstryd.

  • Veld66 - 2011-08-28 23:57

    95% of people from there are filthy racist, u just need to read forums here to understand what i mean

      clark - 2011-08-29 00:21

      - Hmm - And I would guess you're one of those who believe a black can never be a racist or harbour anti- white sentiments.

  • Eugene - 2011-08-29 07:18

    Cry me a river

  • black_magic - 2011-08-29 07:29

    When it's whites being racist we are told to get over it. Just like we are told to get over apartheid and all other white transgressions. Makes it very difficult to feel sorry for white people when bad things happen to them, they are full of s**t

      Deldes - 2011-08-29 07:50

      You are pathetic! Every time anything happens you keep harpering on apartheid, you blame apartheid for everything, how old were you in 1994? Did you ever experience apartheid or are you taking history lessons from Malema and Co?

      theunsvw - 2011-08-29 08:25

      Yo stupid dumb fool, whites are called thieves by Malema and kie and you don't see us complaining, just getting on with our normal lives....We just smile because we know better..!

      Albo - 2011-08-29 12:28

      Funny how you never hear of blacks being racist.

      Raymond - 2011-08-29 21:02

      @black magic-You give the impression of a kieriekop.Get over yourself and stop feeling sorry for yourself.Move on and look forward,stop looking behind you and stop with the inferiority complex that you have.Why on earth do you always look for an excuse for your short comings.The date that we are living in is the year 2011,if you don't know.You sound like a record that is stuck.In 3011,you will still blame APARTHEID.

  • riaan swart - 2011-08-29 07:39

    Brian firstly let your family give back the farm they took from the farmers in Zim then you start opening your mouth you are pathetic.

  • sonnyg - 2011-08-29 07:54

    I think it is rather immature of Mujati to post this on twitter. Why did he not go take it up with the players after the game?? Honestly Mujati, grow a pair. If you addressed it with the players they probably would of apologized if you took it in a racist context.

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  • FJ2 - 2011-08-29 10:49

    If what he says happens, maybe the probe should be done by a vet - on all three of them. Why can't we all just let this kind of crap go? Nobody is a racist at heart or born one, it's a choice you make to either be one or be civil.

  • scipio - 2011-08-29 11:40

    Lol comment got deleted because I mention babo0n. Posting stuff like this on twitter in stead of going through the correct channel comes down to attention seeking. In essence, the immaturity and stupidity Brian has showed by doing this makes the tag of babo0n viable in his case. Come one. Delete this comment too you bloody fascists

  • Kevin - 2011-08-29 12:44

    Cry me a river Mujati...can't handle the heat in the kitchen,then get out!!! Whose more racist than your friggen father who literally stole a white Zim's farm.Don't worry boy's instead of talking to this prick next time let the studs of your boots remould his cranium...then he'll definately have something to cry about.

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