SARU boss accused of misappropriating R35m

Date published: January 27 2016

A report compiled by auditing firm KPMG has accused South African Rugby Union CEO Jurie Roux of embezzling millions of rands.

The preliminary findings reveal that Roux made unauthorised transfers from the University of Stellenbosch’s reserve funds to Maties Rugby Club.

The report also alleges that Roux – who was chairman of Maties Rugby Club at the time – used computer software to cover his tracks in the process of hiding millions of rands during his tenure.

The money was then spent on club activities that benefited the players, coaches and staff. 

Roux left his position at the club in 2010 to become SARU CEO, while his colleague Chris de Beer – who was then the deputy director of student fees – was fired by the university in 2012.

"Based on expert evidence and reliable interviews, it is obvious that Roux and De Beer worked together to hide it and/or to commit a misrepresentation," the report states.

The duo made the headlines in July 2015 when the university confirmed that a summons was issued for Roux and de Beer to appear in court over the mater.

The report also implicates those who benefitted from the misappropriation of funds. They include former Stormers fly-half Peter Grant, Saracens forward Ernst Joubert, as well as Blue Bulls Currie Cup coach Hendre Maritz and former Maties coach Chean Roux.