The South African rugby team , better known as the Springboks, announced Thursday that it will open an internal process to investigate Eben Etzebeth , one of the players currently playing the World Cup in Japan , accused of alleged aggression and racist abuse against a homeless.
The decision was announced by the Springboks in a statement on Thursday, just one day after the Human Rights Commission of South Africa - an independent institution that ensures respect for constitutional values - made public that it plans to take legal action against the renowned Athlete, 27 years old and second line of the national team.
"After our discussions with the South African Human Rights Commission, we have instituted an internal process to address the issue, the details of which will remain a labor issue between Rugby South Africa and the player," the statement said.
The Human Rights Commission plans to bring the matter to the South African Equality Court on Friday, a court with jurisdiction over issues related to equal rights and the principles of non-discrimination established by the Constitution.
The facts to investigate date back to last August , when supposedly a group of people among whom Etzebeth was physically and psychologically harassed , with racist insults, a homeless person in the town of Langebaan (southwest coast of the country).
Etzebeth, who was nominated for Best Player in the World in 2013, totally denied having committed aggression and abuse when the events came to light.
Currently, Etzebeth is in Japan with the rest of his teammates and is scheduled to compete tomorrow against the Italian national team , during the World Cup group B meetings.
The Prosecutor's Office and the Police also investigated the facts, but for the moment no charges were filed against the player.
In cases in which the public prosecution does not advance criminally, recourse to the Court of Equality is an alternative judicial channel that takes charge of cases related to discrimination, harassment and hate speech.
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