Court case could threaten Etzebeth's World Cup

Ruben Hill
October 3, 2019

Yet Etzebeth's participation in the remainder of South Africa's World Cup campaign is now in doubt, with the SAHRC confirming that they will institute legal proceeding against the player in the Equality Court on Friday, according to South African news outlet News24, the same day that South Africa take on Italy in Japan.

Etzebeth was accused of racially abusing a person on a night out during a holiday in the coastal town of Langebaan, near Cape Town. Multiple witnesses can corroborate that.

Japan's Amanaki Mafi was cleared to play at the 2019 Rugby World Cup despite facing a 2020 court day for an alleged assault in Australia.

Etzebeth is now in Japan, where the Springboks are participating in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The 78-cap lock was interviewed by Human Rights Commission officials before flying out with the South African squad. We trust and believe they will investigate it thoroughly.

The commission's Chris Nissen said: "He allegedly used an H-word and that is what is before us at the Human Rights Commission".

The commission received a complaint from a Langebaan resident in August alleging that Etzebeth physically and racially abused him just before the Springboks World Cup squad was announced.

Etzebeth was reportedly out at a bar in Langebaan with friends and family members when the incidents are alleged to have taken place.

Depending on how far South Africa advance in Japan, and how soon a court date is set, the player may be forced to fly home from the tournament.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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