The Etzebeth saga has now turned political.
As reported by The South African, the ANC’s provincial convener for the Western Cape, Lerumo Kalako, has joined a chorus of voices calling for Eben Etzebeth to be expelled from the Springboks World Cup squad.
Kalako urged SA Rugby to send Etzebeth home from Japan to answer mounting allegations of racism and thuggery.
Etzebeth was cleared to take part in the Rugby World Cup after discussions between himself and the South African Human Rights Commission. The SAHRC made a u-turn on an agreement made with Etzebeth after they received additional accounts of the events of 24 August 2019 in Langebaan.
The SAHRC has related to the press accounts of multiple incidents involving Etzebeth and a group of friend’s who reportedly call themselves the ‘Wolf Pack’.
Kalako said that the ANC were behind the Springboks in their efforts at the Rugby World Cup, but could not support the continued involvement of Etzebeth. He opined that the Springboks would be better off without having to deal with the distraction the lock’s presence currently brings.
We are confident that despite the opening match loss to [the] All Blacks, with each match, the team is getting more formidable in all aspects of the game. As the organisation, we want as little distraction as possible to the boys’ preparations for the coming games, hence when the incident about Eben Etzebeth broke out last week, we wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt and give the team the peace of mind it needs to fight in the field,” Kalako said.
Given the weekend revelations about Etzebeth from respectable members of his community of Langebaan about his ‘Wolf Pack’ gang that has been terrorising them and their business establishments for a long time, the thuggery, the racism and violence, letting him put on the colours of the national team, to represent the very South Africans he is terrorising would be too high a price to pay for our patriotism.”
Kalako calls for Wolf pack to be charged
Kalako also called on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to investigate Etzebeth and the so-called Wolf Pack and to bring criminal charges against anyone implicated.
23% of Springbok fans agree that Etzebeth should be sent home
In a recent online poll by Springbokfans, 23% of fans agreed that the issue is serious and that Etzebeth should be sent home.
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