Bring Etzebeth home to deal with matter now

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THE SPRINGBOKS took another step towards qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup in Japan yesterday – which will be played in exactly a fortnight’s time from today.It’s a welcome breathing space for a team that has been building steadily during this campaign. There is only one cloud, the fate – and indeed culpability – of the colossal lock forward, and potential Webb Ellis trophy winner, Eben Etzebeth.

He stands accused of assaulting two men in Langebaan in the Western Cape in an ugly racial incident just before the squad left for the Far East. It is a story that will not go away and, given our country’s fraught history, should not be allowed to go away. But nor must we lose sight of the constitutional imperative that a person is presumed innocent until proved otherwise.

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