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Bok World Cup Winning Hero Bizarrely Accused of 'Attempted Murder'
- A bizarre furore involving allegations of attempted murder and Springbok legend has emerged
- Rugby World Cup winner Faf De Klerk has been accused of threatening to attack a Stellenbosch police captain with a panga
- This is despite the feisty scrumhalf being reportedly 14 000km away from the location of the incident at the time
Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk has been accused of attempted murder in a bizarre "incident".
It has been alleged that the 2019 Rugby World Cup winner threatened to attack police Lesley Smith with a panga, and also used racial slurs. A bemused de Klerk denied these allegations, saying that he was halfway across the world in Japan when the incident happened in Stellenbosch.
IOL reported that Smith stood by his accusation, stating that this was not a case of mistaken identity and that he had laid charges against de Klerk, who allegedly drove off in a "ramshackle Toyota Corolla".
However, the player's agent Lean Schwartz told the publication in a straightforward denial:
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“Faf has never driven a Toyota Corolla in his life. He left the country with the Springboks for their end-of-year tour to Europe, where after he left London for Tokyo, Japan to join his new club, Yokohama Cannon Eagles.”
The article continued by reporting that footage is all over the internet showing de Klerk training with his teammates, corroborating his side of the story. Schwartz added that de Klerk submitted evidence to back up his denial some 30 minutes after he first found out about the accusation.
The story continues here.
Bok flyhalf in gangster threat furore
Troubled Springbok fly-half Elton Jantjies's 2022 has reached a new level of bizarre.
It has been reported that Janjties has lodged a complaint with the Rugby Football Union and World Rugby against his own agent James Adams. Why, you may ask: because Jantjies alleged that Adams sent gang members to his home to collect money that he (Janjtjies) owed him (Adams).
All these salacious details emerged in the City Press' special report early on Sunday. The article held that Adams is suing Jantjjies for a breach of contract about the latter's failure to pay his commission last month.