SARU boss in Maties fraud probe

Eyewitness News can reveal the Hawks are investigating the matter.

FILE: Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, SARU CEO Jurie Roux and coach Heyneke Meyer attend the official opening of the Springbok Experience museum in Cape Town in September 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) says its CEO Jurie Roux has been referred to in a Stellenbosch University probe into alleged fraud.

Roux has denied any wrong doing.

"I understand that a report has been filed with the SAPS for investigation, but I have no knowledge of its contents or the accusations against me. I deny any wrongdoing."

Eyewitness News can reveal the Hawks are investigating the matter.

Hawks spokesperson Paul Ramaloko said, "We can confirm we received some allegations of fraud. We are not able to engage into the allegations, but we can confirm we are looking into those allegations."

SARU says it has been advised that a university administrative report handed to police makes reference to Roux.

The President of SARU Oregan Hoskins said, "We were advised by our CEO of the conversation that took place some time ago in relation to his former employment at the University of Stellenbosch."

Hoskins added that Roux continues to receive support from the organisation.

"All I can say is Roux is an outstanding CEO who, among other things, has been rigorous in ensuring that the highest standards of corporate governance have been applied in our organisation."

Hoskins said SARU would make no further comment on the matter.