| Ex-WP Rugby boss could face civil lawsuit

Cape Town – Former Western Province Rugby Football Union vice-president Gerald Njengele could face a civil lawsuit following an alleged racism incident.

Njengele earlier this month resigned from his post at WP despite being cleared of racism charges.

He was initially found him guilty by a disciplinary tribunal and suspended from all rugby activities for four years, before successfully appealing the verdict.

However Jessie Claassen, the person involved in the incident at last year’s Cape Town Sevens, has threatened to initiate a civil lawsuit against Njengele.

Njengele was accused of launching a verbal and racial attack on Claassen, who is the national manager of the Vuka Rugby Programme – a SA Rugby-affiliated initiative that aims to cater for rugby development in the country.

In an interview with Netwerk24, Claassen revealed that he would start civil proceedings against Njengele if he did not receive an official apology.

“He shows no remorse and there are no signs of him issuing any kind of apology for his actions,” said Claassen.

Claassen did however commend WP for the transparent manner in which they handled the matter.

“The union has extended their sincerest apologies to me twice and should be praised for that. It’s important that I maintain a good working relationship with all unions in the country,” he added.

Claassen earlier said that the attack stemmed from his decision not to shake Njengele’s hand due to a previous altercation between the pair last August.

When this happened, Njengele allegedly responded: “F**k you white people, f**k the coloureds. I’m a clever darkie. I don’t need your f*****g money.”

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