Elton Jantjies' case postponed to 3 June

The 31- year-old made his first appearance in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court on Monday on charges of malicious damage to property and contravening the Civil Aviation Act.

Elton Jantjies in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court on 16 May 2022. Picture: Bernadette Wicks/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies is due back in court next month for his "in air outburst" case.

The 31- year-old made his first appearance in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court on Monday on charges of malicious damage to property and contravening the Civil Aviation Act. He was accompanied by his mother.

The charge relates to allegations that he damaged a light during a reported outburst in the air while en route home after a family trip in Turkey over the weekend.

He was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport after landing on Sunday morning and was released on R1,000 police bail.

His mother accompanied him to court.

Proceedings got under way with an application from the media to photograph Jantjies in court and to record proceedings, which his legal team opposed but was granted nonetheless.

Details around the incident were not revealed in court but the matter was postponed until 3 June for further investigations and possible mediation.

Jantjies' agent, James Adams, said in a statement on Sunday they believed the incident had been "unnecessarily heightened". But he said his client remained "compliant with the investigation process”.