- Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth will immediately deal with the charges against him when he returns to South Africa
- The SA Human Rights Commission has alleged that the rugby player assaulted and racially abused four people outside a pup in Langebaan
- Etzebeth denies the allegations and has requested the charges be set aside
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Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth will return to South Africa to face charges of assault and racial abuse while his teammates return to celebrate the Rugby World Cup victory.
Commissioners of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) met on Saturday to make plans to oppose the application made by Etzebeth’s legal team in the high court against SAHRC.
Etzebeth filed a request for the charges against him to be set aside. The SAHRC has alleged that Etzebeth and others racially abused and assaulted four people outside Die Watergat, a pub in Langebaan, on the 25th of August 2019 according to iol.co.za.
Enver Wilsnach, Yoraya Papier, Mogamad Smith and Kay Lee Brook are seeking damages in the region of R1-million from Etzebeth.
Chris Nissen, the Western Cape SAHRC commissioner, said that a legal opinion on the matter would be discussed on Monday.
Breifly.co.za learned that in October, Totalsports faced a backlash when they removed posters of Etzebeth from their stores citing that their customers were not comfortable with the rugby players likeness on their walls in the face of the allegations against him.
In August, Etzebeth said in regards to the allegations against him.
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."
"I am and will always strive to be a true ambassador to this beautiful rainbow nation and the sport that I love."
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