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Bees Roux gets blessing of dead cop's family

Bees Roux pleaded guilty to culpable homicide in 2011 & received a five-year suspended sentence.

Bees Roux pleaded guilty to culpable homicide in 2011, and received a five-year suspended sentence. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - The family of slain Tshwane Metro Police Department officer Ntshimane Mogale have given his killer, former Blue Bulls rugby player Bees Roux, their blessing for him to play in South Africa again.

It emerged on Tuesday that Roux's agent was in talks with two local teams, including the Lions, to sign a deal for next season.

Roux pleaded guilty to culpable homicide in 2011, and received a five-year suspended sentence after paying Mogale's widow compensation of R750,000.

Mogale's brother Alfred says the family are not opposed to the move.

"I don't have a problem with that. He can just continue with his life. We can't say, 'No,' because we closed the chapter a long time ago."

Alfred says his brother's family still mourn his loss.

"In short, they are coping."

Roux has spent the last two seasons playing in France and Italy.