- The South African Human Rights Commission has decided to take legal action against Eben Etzebeth
- SA Rugby has since agreed to launch an internal investigation into assault and racism claims against the Springbok lock
- However, the number four player will not be returning home from Japan for this
The South African Human Rights Commission has proceeded with legal action against Eben Etzebeth.
News of the SAHRC's decision to take matters to court broke on Wednesday and the commission plans on presenting documents to the Equality Court on Friday, Sport24 reported.
SA Rugby has since agreed to launch an internal probe into the accusations but they are not ready to send the Springbok lock home.
Etzebeth is currently in Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and SA Rugby revealed on Thursday that no one instructed them to send the number four player home.
"They have not asked us to bring him back and he has not even been formally charged," said SA Rugby president, Mark Alexander.
Alexander added that it was all speculation and SA Rugby would be working with the authorities to investigate the matter.
AFP reported Springbok captain Siya Kolisi said he was not sure what was happening, but that he knows Etzebeth is playing this week.
"I think SA Rugby issued a statement this morning... I know Eben is playing this week," Kolisi said.
The Boks captain added that the Etzebeth saga was not affecting the team and that they were focussing on the game.
"Every game for us is now a playoff game, because if we slip up, we're out of the competition," Kolisi was quoted saying.
Briefly.co.za reported in August that Etzebeth and his friends were accused of racism and assault on a man in Langebaan.
The Springbok player rubbished claims at the time, dubbing it "untrue and unfounded".
"It is completely untrue and unfounded to claim that I physically or racially abused anyone in Langebaan, as has been reported on social media. Multiple witnesses can corroborate that," he said at the time.
Video footage and photos of the incident went viral on social media and South Africans called for Etzebeth to be pulled from the World Cup squad.
However, the Stormers player claimed the SAPS cleared him of any wrongdoing and he went on to join the other Springboks rugby players to travel to Japan.
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