Boshoff accused of racial slur

A disciplinary hearing for Leon Boshoff’s alleged racial slur will be heard on Wednesday.

Boshoff has been officially charged by the Golden Lions Rugby Union for using a racial slur and verbally abusing players. The Lions’ forwards coach is currently suspended, pending the investigation.

He is alleged to have told Earl Rose and Lawrence Sephaka that if they weren’t black they would be out of a contract at the team’s video session on Monday.

Yesterday players handed in their own reports on the incident.

“We had to wait for a few reports because they had the day off [on Wednesday] and many of them played golf,’ Lions CEO Manie Reyneke told Business Day.

Meanwhile, the Independent Democrats’ Khosi Mncedane has called for Boshoff to be banned from all rugby due to his alleged racial slur.

Mncedane, a member of the provincial legislature for the ID, called for the ban on Boshoff due to him ‘insulting black players’. The Soweto Rugby Club last year disbanded from the union, only to later return, and Mncedane said this initial move proved that racism was rife within the union.

‘The ID strongly condemns this behaviour,’ said Mncedane. ‘It is unacceptable that non-performance is shifted to black members in a team set-up. This gives credence to claims made by the Soweto Rugby Club last year. What was the point of initiating a ‘No to racism campaign’ if the union itself does not stamp out racism within its own structures?”