Former Bok conned charity & school

Thys Burger is accused of swindling charities out of money.

Former Springbok rugby player Thys Burger. Picture: Facebook.

PRETORIA - Former Springbok rugby player Thys Burger has been accused of using his green and gold blazer to dupe charities and fund-raising organisations out of money.

He coughed up more than R50,000 this week, after Eyewitness News started investigating his activities.

While Burger has admitted he had not paid monies raised in the auctions he hosted, he said he fell on tough times and was unable to meet commitments.

After raising more than R35,000 for the Muldersdrift Business Women's Association, Burger became a difficult man to track down.

"There were just no e-mails forthcoming. No apologies. Nothing," said the charity's Laurice Matulovich.

"He just ignored us hoping we would disappear."

Bryanston High School's Willem Grobler's experience was similar.

"Numerous e-mails were sent. Several people and even parents tried to contact him," said Grobler.

Burger said he did not pay the association and school because people owed him money, causing a chain reaction.

His brother Kobus has subsequently settled his debt, but Burger admits he owes more organisations money.