The parliamentary portfolio committee on sport has been asked to look at ways to suspend convicted murderer Gert van Schalkwyk from the Mpumalanga-based rugby team, the Pumas, the SABC reported on Tuesday.
News24 reports that committee member, Cedric Frolic, suggested that Van Schalkwyk be suspended until his court appeal against his conviction is finalised.
Van Schalkwyk, Christoff Becker, Frikkie du Preez, and Reinach Tiedt were found guilty of the 2001 murder of an unidentified man and the assault of another and sentenced to 12 years. An appeal to the Pretoria High Court was unsuccessful and they plan to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Discussing the Pumas’ selection of Van Schalkwyk, committee members also expressed concern over the SA Rugby Union’s silence on the issue.
Pumas president Hein Mentz defended Van Schalkwyk saying he is “innocent until proven” guilty, the SABC reported.
Members of the committee also criticised Mentz for saying Van Schalkwyk could run for deputy president of the country, because he is still innocent.