SAHRC legal head vows to make example out of Etzebeth with charges

SAHRC legal head vows to make example out of Etzebeth with charges

- SA Human Rights Commission head of legal services Buang Jones says Springbok Eben Etzebeth is used to getting away with 'murder'

- This comes as the commission reportedly pursues charges against the rugby star

- Etzebeth has been accused of using racial slurs during an altercation outside a pub

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SAHRC legal services boss Buang Jones says that Eben Etzebeth is used to 'getting away with murder'.

The Citizen reports that Buang had promised to 'set an example' by charging the Bok with hate speech.

Briefly.co.za reported that Etzebeth has been accused of assaulting two men in an incident which reportedly included racial slurs and a firearm being pulled on four women outside of a pub in August.

Jones says that the commission did not care about the sportsman's position in society, giving him three weeks to file a responding affidavit, with a court date set to follow, reports TimesLIVE.

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During the meeting, Jones said that the commission felt Etzebeth has a case to answer for after reviewing footage of the incident:

“We don’t care whether you are a Springbok player. We don’t care about your colour. We have to act. We look at the facts, and the facts from the statements obtained suggest there is a case to answer to.”

The Springbok is currently representing South Africa at the Rugby World Cup currently underway in Japan.

SA Rugby has confirmed that a probe into the incident has been launched, but that the player would not be returning home from the tournament because of it:

Group president Mark Alexander says that this is because Etzebeth, at the time, was not yet facing formal charges. It remains to be seen if this latest development with see the Bok returning to face the music.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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