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Former Springbok defends fraud claims

Thys Burger auctioned off Springbok memorabilia and allegedly kept the proceeds.

Former Springbok rugby player Thys Burger. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Thys Burger has defended himself against allegations that he defrauded charities and a Johannesburg school.

The former Springbok, who runs his own promotions company, is accused of auctioning off Springbok memorabilia at fundraising events but never paying over the proceeds.

He said he paid the majority of organisations and is still finalising payments for the remaining two.

Burger said he could not pay the charities due to his own financial woes.

"There were people that owed me money in some cases. Promoters that do the golf days; I sell the stuff and they send their invoices. People pay them, so there was a lot of money outstanding."

Burger said he has not managed to pay at least two more organisations because he has experienced cash flow problem, brought on by people indebted to him.

Bryanston High School's Willem Grobler has heard this story before.

"He has also sorts of promises and stories that people have taken him for a ride and now he's without money so he cannot pay us and that he would have to take bonds on his property."

The Muldersdrift Business Women's Association's Laurice Matulovich said Burger owed the organisation R35,000.

"He just ignored us hoping we would disappear."

The school and the association have subsequently been paid, while Burger said he will settle other outstanding debts.