A storm is currently brewing on social media, after Springbok rugby player, Eben Etzebeth, was accused of assault and using racial slurs.
At approximately 03:00 am on Sunday morning, Yorayda Papier-Jansen posted on her social media profile that her friend had been “brutally” attacked by Etzebeth, his brother Ryen and his accompanying friends.
She also accused them of pointing a gun, swearing at them their “ma se p**s”, and asking them, “Hotnots, wat soek julle nog op die straat?” (Hotnots, what are you still doing on the streets?).
The friend, who had been walking Yorayda and her cousin home, is shown on the post lying on the floor unconscious, battered and bloodied.
The incident allegedly started with a quarrel at a Langebaan sports bar, Die Watergat, before moving outside.
Many commentators on social have alleged that this is not an isolated incident and that Etzbeth and his friends have a reputation for causing disruptions and being physically violent in public places.
Netwerk24 have confirmed that a charge has been laid and that at present, all persons involved in the incident are being questioned.
It was also stated that another resident had been assaulted after he tried to stop the attack.
In a social media post on Sunday afternoon, Etzebeth had denied the accusations of assault and racism, claiming that he “will always strive to be a true ambassador to this beautiful rainbow nation”.
Etzbeth currently plays for the Springbok national team and recently signed a deal to join the French club, Toulon.