The Springboks have been performing very well at the Rugby World Cup lately but allegations of racism are tarnishing their image. Lock Eben Etzebeth was accusedof assaulting two men in Langebaan, Cape Town and using a racial slur during a confrontation.
The incident occurred before the Rugby World Cup began and shocked many supporters when Etzebeth was selected as one of the players who would be participating in the tournament.
Nigel Samuels, lawyer of the two men, stated that the National Prosecuting Authority was still undecided on whether to file charges or not. The two men are demanding R1 million from Etzebeth who is facing a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
The South African Human Rights Commission lodged a complaint, last Friday, with the Equality Court. SA Rugby has also told the media that an internal investigation would be underway.
Last week the Springbok’s triumph over Italy was marredby what appeared to be racism. A group of white players huddled together, in celebration, after the match and snubbed Makazole Mapimpi when he tried to join in.
Their victory secured them a spot in the quarter finals.