Hawks confirm Stellenbosch probe

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Johannesburg - Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko confirmed on Tuesday there was an investigation into an alleged fraud at the University of Stellenbosch, relating to irregular use of its reserve funds.

“The matter is still under investigation and has been ongoing for months,” he said.

Ramaloko would not divulge the details or the probe nor confirm the names of those being investigated.

The university's Audit and Risk Committee and auditors KPMG reported their suspicions and named SA Rugby Union (Saru) chief executive Jurie Roux in their findings.

Roux was the university's senior director of finance and asset management at the time.

Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday that Saru president Oregan Hoskins has reneged on a confidentiality agreement with the university and had shown Roux a forensic report, which implicated him in the alleged fraud.

Hoskins reportedly requested a transcript of the report for Saru to decide on steps against Roux and agreed, in writing, that he would not show the report to anyone else.

He told the newspaper his lawyers advised him to hand the report over to Roux's legal counsel.

“I considered it as my legal duty to give Roux the opportunity to explain the allegations against him,” Hoskins reportedly said.

During its investigation, KPMG found “major financial irregularities” in transactions between the Matie Rugby Club and the university, which included practices where tuition and accommodation were financed illegally.

Hoskins said the allegations against Roux would be discussed at Saru's executive committee meeting on Tuesday and the general council meeting on Wednesday.

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