Outcome still unsure

The impending outcome of former SARU president Brian van Rooyen’s disciplinary inquiry is no clearer after day two of the hearings in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

Springbok rugby coach Jake White testified behind closed doors, while van Rooyen remained absent from a disciplinary inquiry which is hearing corporate mismanagement allegations against him, Sapa reported.

White was the day’s first witness at the closed hearing in Bloemfontein, spending about 30 minutes in the offices of the Free State Rugby Union before reappearing outside.

Like most of the witnesses, White did not want to comment on the proceedings. Former SA Rugby Union (SARU) deputy president Andre Markgraaff and former chairman of the SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd board, Theunie Lategan, also testified during the course of the day.

SARU CEO Johan Prinsloo, who also gave evidence to the hearing on Wednesday, said Van Rooyen’s absence was a matter of regret. “…It’s also in his interest (to be at the hearing),” he said.

Others who have testified include Free State Rugby’s Harold Verster, public relations consultant Ann-Lee Murray and SA Rugby manager for legal services Christo Ferreira.

The inquiry is scheduled to last until Friday, but is expected to conclude before then. According to media reports he was in Maputo on Tuesday, the first day of the inquiry.

By late Wednesday afternoon it was not clear when Judge Hefer would give his opinion.