'Eben Etzebeth would do the country a favour and step down from tournament'

News24 editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson says while Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is innocent until proven guilty, he should not have been included as part of the team playing at the Rugby World Cup in Japan and should return home.

Etzebeth has been accused of racially abusing and assaulting Langebaan residents in August.

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Basson shared his take on the matter in an opinion piece published on Monday. He joined Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive to elaborate.

I argue that he would actually do the country and his team a favour to voluntarily step down from this tournament to say 'let me rather come home to clear my name', he obviously claims he is innocent...rather than keeping this cloud over the entire Springbok team as they try to become super focused on winning this tournament.

Adriaan Basson, Editor in Chief - News 24

I think Saru [South African Rugby Union] messed up here, they shouldn't have taken him with. These allegations were already made on affidavit before he was included in the team. It is serious allegations.

Adriaan Basson, Editor in Chief - News 24

I think rugby has really transformed a lot to this point where a lot of South Africans for the first time can wholeheartedly support the Springboks, this is the last thing we can afford.

Adriaan Basson, Editor in Chief - News 24

Click on the link below to hear more from Basson...


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