Mthethwa calls for urgent solution to Jurie Roux saga
Sports & Recreation Minister Nathi Mthethwa has asked SA Rugby to resolve its Jurie Roux matter with the necessary urgency to protect the organisation's integrity.
SA Rugby was yesterday grilled at a hearing in front of the parliamentary Sports Portfolio Committee which was giving feedback on its CEO’s long-standing legal battle with his former employer, the University of Stellenbosch.
News24 reports that Mthethwa was happy with how SA Rugby was dealing with the case, but said the fact that it has been dragging on means they need to find a speedy, but legally secure resolution.
Roux has been ordered to pay his former employer back R37m because of funds he transferred without consent during his time as a senior finance director between 2002 and 2010.
SA Rugby president Mark Alexander admitted the organisation had been painted in a negative light through the process, but he remained firm on the legal opinions from Professor Michael Katz and Advocate Wim Trengove remaining confidential, saying that it protects the organisation from a legal perspective.
Saru told MPs that an ‘independent human resource specialist’ has been appointed to implement the legal opinion that remains under wraps, Die Burger reports.
Saru financial head Abubakar Saban said in his presentation the union has spent R943 000 on legal fees since 2013 exclusively on the Roux issue.
The total legal fees of the union for the same period was R38m.
Alexander fielded several questions from MPs who demanded to know what the legal opinion contains.
‘The matter has not been finalised. That is why we have a legal expert to guide us. If this thing plays out in the media, we could be sued. I would not have handed the document (legal opinion) to the Minister (Nathi Mthethwa) if we were hiding anything.’
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