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Thursday, December 15, 2005


Rugby Administration: Stuurman submits audit on EP Rugby

Filed: December 14th, 2005

POLICE have confirmed that axed Eastern Province rugby boss Willem Stuurman has submitted an auditor’s report highlighting problems in the rugby union to the police for further investigation.

Police spokesman Johann van Greunen said detectives would be reviewing the information contained in the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) audit and would then take the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions for further consideration.

“It is difficult to say what will come out of the investigation, but the final decision will lie with the Director of Public Prosecutions,” he said.

This comes three months after the initial findings of the audit, commissioned by the SA Rugby Union, were revealed. The audit highlighted three main areas of concern, including maladministration and mismanagement, alleged dishonest and fraudulent activities by chief executive Phillip Joseph and confirmation of findings from an investigation of Stuurman’s affairs.

During a meeting on August 23, which discussed the findings of the PWC audit, SA Rugby recommended that the EP Rugby Union executive “take appropriate corrective action to rectify the situation (revealed in the PWC report) in the very near future.”

SA Rugby also recommended that “with the assistance of a labour lawyer or consultant, they (EPRU) jointly suspend the CEO (Joseph) with immediate effect, and that they hold an urgent disciplinary hearing on the various allegations (contained in the PWC report) . . .”

Stuurman said he had taken the report to the police so the claims of fraud and mismanagement could be “resolved once and for all”.

Name, Shame and Lock-em up  
Ag man he's just taking a flyer because he's cross at EPRFU for starting a clean up act within their rugby.

Like I said, being dismissed for lying to your employer is completely fair. No wonder he's gone to the SAPS and not CCMA!

I said before I've fought many cases at CCMA and won after a state prosecutor declined to prosecute for lack of evidence.

In legal terms the tests are completely different.

In a disciplinary hearing the key issues are fairness and balance of probabilities that win. So 51% wins it. In criminal cases, it's beyond reasonable doubt or a defence that is reasonably possibly true, so 99% wins it.

Nevertheless it's a good idea for him to name and shame, seeing as some people in EPRFU are getting away with murder while the guy with fingers in the till is hanged!
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