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Rugby: Springbok Etzebeth to face trial over abuse case, says rights body

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's human rights watchdog on Friday (Jan 24) said World Cup-winning Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth will face charges of alleged assault and verbal racial abuse.

The 28-year-old, who previously captained the Springboks, was accused of using racist slurs against four men in August and pointing a gun at one of them in the coastal town of Langebaan, about 120 kilometres (74 miles) north of Cape Town.

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The four are seeking more than a million rand (US$70,000) in compensation.

Etzebeth had tried to get the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to drop the case in a separate court.

But on Friday, SAHRC said the matter would "proceed to the Equality Court to reach finality in a more expeditious and amicable manner" referring to specialised courts that hear cases on hate speech, unfair discrimination, and harassment.

"Both Mr Etzebeth and the commission are confident that thiRead More – Source