The South African Human Rights Commission has sent out an advisory that it will be taking rugby player, Eben Etzebeth, to the Equality Court.
This follows a complaint in August in which it was alleged that Etzebeth and his companions physically assaulted and racially abused a group of Coloured persons.
One of the persons assaulted had to be hospitalised and pictures distributed on the internet shows the person badly injured and bloodied.
The media has erroneously repeated the claim that the person was homeless, although it was widely known that he lived a short distance from the scene of the assault.
It had been suggested that this was an attempt by certain media pundits to discredit the victim by relying on a deeply disturbing racist stereotype of Coloured persons as drunken and homeless.
In addition to the assault, it also alleged that Etzebeth and his companions pointed a gun at the victims, swore at then(specifically, “jou ma se p**s”), and asked them, ‘Hotnots wat soek julle nog op die straat?’ (Hotnots, what are you still doing on the streets?).
The South African Rugby Union has also today finally succumbed to pressure and opened an internal investigation against Etzebeth.
The Human Rights Commission stated that the legal proceeding will be instituted in the Equality Court on Friday, 04 October 2019.
The Commission will also hold a public meeting in Langebaan on Thursday, 03 October 2019, to report back on progress made in dealing with this complaint.
Etzebeth is currently playing for the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup and recently signed a deal to join the French club, Toulon.
You can read our initial report on the day that the alleged incident took place, by clicking on the following link: Eben Etzebeth Accused of Assault and ‘Hotnot’ Slur