The two Delicious Rugby Club players who are still on trial for the murder of Riaan Loots received presitigious sporting awards over the weekend.
Ben Zimry and Wayne Mathee, who have been accused of murdering Loots in a game against Rawsonville in June this year, received the respective prizes for Overall Player of the Year and Backline Player of the Year at a function on Saturday night.
David Nassan, President of Delicious Rugby Club told Die Son that these awards have nothing to do with the case. â€œWe did not give them the awards to whitewash the allegations. We did it because the guys deserve it for the hard work they did on the field in a short time [only 10 league matches],â€ he said.
Henry Paulse, the Western Cape director of sport was also in attendance, and stated that the ceremony was an important one for the supporters, who crammed into the city hall for the announcement of the accolades. â€œIn spite of everything that has happened at the club in recent times, the community is still very enthusiastic about rugby. It is encouraging to see the community still supporting the players,â€ he said.
The criminal law case against the two players will resume on 21 November in the regional court of Worcester, while the Boland Rugby Union will reach its verdict on 2 December in the hearing against Zimry and Mathee.