Johannesburg – Jacobus “Bees” Roux, the man who beat to death a metro traffic cop, is set to return to the rugby field on South African soil on Friday, and he will be doing this with some unlikely support.
The family of Sergeant Johannes Mogale, the man Roux killed, have given the prop their blessing.
“Bees is not an animal, he is a human being and he must play rugby,” said Richard Taukobong, Mogale’s brother.
Roux now plays for the Golden Lions, and has been named in the starting line-up for the Currie Cup match against the Cheetahs on Friday.
In 2011, Roux was given a five-year suspended for the death of the Tshwane metro cop a year earlier.
Since that date, the former Blue Bull has been playing in Italy and France.
At the time, the court heard that Mogale died of serious head wounds on Schoeman Street near the N4 Highway in Pretoria in August 2010.
Mogale had been driving Roux’s car after he and two colleagues pulled the rugby player over for drunk driving.
Roux had said in court that Mogale had wanted to rob him and he had acted in self defence.
He had even called on bystanders to phone the police and had, according to eyewitnesses, tried to resuscitate Mogale when he realised he was non-responsive.
As part of a plea bargain, Roux had to paid Mogale’s family R750 000 compensation.
During court appearances, Mogale’s family had sworn at Roux, but by the end of the trial, they were ready for reconciliation.
”It was around about then that we gave him our blessing,” said Taukobong.
“As a family, we have (no problem with) him playing rugby.”
He said that chapter in the family’s life had now been closed.