SAHRC stops legal head from commenting on Etzebeth case

South African Human Rights Council Chairperson Bongani Majola says investigations are underway into comments allegedly made by legal head Buang Jones about Springbok player Eben Etzebeth. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has put a muzzle on its legal head, Buang Jones, preventing him from commenting on the Eben Etzebeth case while it investigates his conduct.

It follows criticism of comments Jones allegedly made at a community meeting. He's alleged to have said that Etzebeth has been getting away with murder.

Commission Chairperson Bongani Majola says the SAHRC is not prejudiced against Etzebeth and will investigate Jones' comments. 

"We are very concerned about the statements allegedly made by Mr Jones. In the meantime we have said there should be no more media commentary on the case."

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The SAHRC is assisting four people who have submitted papers to the Equality Court, accusing the Springbok player of racial abuse.

Enver Wilsnach, Yorayda Papier, Mogamad Smith and Kay Lee Brook claim in court papers that Etzebeth called them the H-word, a derogatory term for coloured people.

They say this happened outside the Watergat restaurant in Langebaan on 25 August.

Before leaving for the Rugby World Cup, Etzebeth denied the claims.