Complainants in Langebaan incident demand over R1m from Eben Etzebeth
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Cape Town - The two complainants in the Eben Etzebeth saga are demanding more than a million rand from the Springbok lock.
The senior legal advisor for the Human Rights Council (HRC), Boang Jones, on Friday filed four applications on behalf of the complainants in the Equality Court in Hopefield, near Langebaan.
The Springbok player, who is currently representing South Africa at the Rugby World Championships in Japan, is accused of assault, wielding a firearm and hate speech.
According to papers filed in court, Etzebeth is alleged to have hurled racial insults at coloured people during a scuffle at the Langebaan Yacht Club on August 24.
Meanwhile, the National Convenor of the Khoisan Defiance Campaign, Sammy Claassen, has called for SARU president, Mark Alexander to resign, saying he has “embarrassed” South Africa by allowing Etzebeth to represent the country in Japan.
“We informed SARU even before the squad was announced. Criminal charges were laid on August 25. So how can we have a tainted person representing our country?” said Claassen.
Claassen also fired a warning against Etzebeth supporters who he claims has already found the rugby player “innocent”.
“There are forces who have declared him innocent. It seems like perpetrators are getting more protection. This kind of behaviour is counter productive and must be condemned,” he said.
Claassen stressed that he rejects earlier claims by Etzebeth that there is no case for him to answer.
“It does not matter who you are, you must face the law,” said Claassen.