More arrests expected in Maties Rugby fraud case

More arrests expected in Maties Rugby fraud case

Chris de Beer, formerly deputy head of student fees at Stellenbosch University, has been arrested in a fraud case linked to SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

Captain Philani Nkwalase, spokesperson of the Hawks in the Western Cape, said on Wednesday that more arrests are expected in the on-going investigation.

De Beer was served with a notice to appear in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crimes Court on March 18 to face multiple fraud charges and also a charge of money laundering. There are allegedly 84 fraud charges involving R32 million being investigated.

♦ A forensic investigation in 2012 found that Roux, a senior finance director of the university between 2002 and 2010 who was also chairman of the Stellenbosch Rugby Club and a vice president of the WP Rugby Football Union, transferred R21 million from the university’s reserve funds to the Maties rugby club. An independent audit commissioned by the university was done by accounting firm KPMG and completed in 2013.

There is also a joint R5m claim against Roux and De Beer by the Stellenbosch University.

De Beer and Roux also face a R32m civil claim from Stellenbosch University for damages suffered through alleged fraudulent behaviour that is scheduled to be heard in the Western Cape High Court on May 13.

♦ The money was spent on club activities that benefited the players, coaches and staff, according to a preliminary report by KPMG before their final report.

♦ The Maties won the first three Varsity Cup titles between 2008 and 2010.  They were runners-up in 2012/13 and 2016/17 and won the title for a record fourth time last year.

Under coach Chean Roux, currently coach of the SA Under-20s (Junior Springboks) the Maties won those three Varsity Cup titles, three national club championships and six Western Province Super League A titles.