*Note: this is an updated article on Jurie Roux
Towards the end of last year it was finally confirmed that Roux was set to finally vacate his post after beginning his notice period. For the better part of last year, SA Rugby was already reviewing the future of its embattled CEO after he was ordered to pay back R37 million to Stellenbosch University for the misallocation of funds.
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Juris Roux’s six-year legal battle with the university finally came to an end after he failed in his bid to overturn the guilty verdict in the case related to the misappropriation of millions of rand during his tenure in the finance department of Stellenbosch’s Maties between 2002 and 2010.
However, the ongoing saga had dragged on throughout 2022, with questions remaining over Roux’s future at a time when his contract as CEO was only coming to an end after this year’s World Cup in France.
According to an article in Sunday newspaper Rapport, though, Roux will finally make his departure from the position, with Rian Oberholzer stepping in; in an acting capacity. Oberholzer actually held the position of managing director of the old SA Rugby Football Rugby Union in the late 1990s.
It’s stated that the SA Rugby executive committee must now ratify this appointment next week, but that is expected to be a fait accompli, with the organisation’s president Mark Alexander and Oberholzer having already come to an agreement.
It shouldn’t be forgotten that towards the end of last year Oberholzer was appointed as an administrator and assumed oversight of the Western Province Rugby Football Union affairs. His remit included supervision of the operational affairs of Western Province (Pty) Ltd, which manages the professional playing teams of the Stormers and Western Province.
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A cloud has hung over Jurie Roux for over a year
Roux was found guilty of manipulating the electronic accounting system to channel millions of unbudgeted university funds to the Maties rugby club.
Increasingly, despite the findings, it became clear that Roux did not intend to resign from his position.
SA Rugby also faced the Parliamentary Sports Portfolio Committee at the beginning of last year, and SA Rugby president Mark Alexander was put in line to answer more questions, and sought to explain why Roux had not been suspended.
“It must be remembered that this happened with his previous employer and not with SA Rugby,” Alexander said, as quoted by Media24.
“It is not a cut and dried matter like [if] he worked for SA Rugby, there are other options we had to take and we have to follow due processes.
“We’ll wait for our attorneys to come back to us and we’ll follow their advice, because it wouldn’t be a normal suspension.
“There have been similar instances elsewhere, but you can’t suspend a person for something that happened in a different organisation.
“There were no allegations when he was employed.”
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