South African Rugby
Bulls prop arrested after cop death
August 27, 2010
Bees Roux is tackled by Patrick Lambie © Getty Images
Bulls prop Bees Roux has been arrested in connection with the death of a police officer in Pretoria.
While the details of the incident remain unclear, it is reported that the metro official was found beaten in the middle of a street in the city's central business district. Colonel Eugene Opperman of the South African Police Service confirmed that a case for murder had been opened.
"Yes, he was arrested earlier this morning," he said. "A case of murder had also been opened."
Roux's attorney, Ernst Serfontein, admitted that the player, who represented the Royal XV against the British & Irish Lions in 2009, was involved in the incident but was unable to provide further information.
"I believe there was an incident where a policeman died and I know he was involved in the incident," he said. "How he was involved I don't know yet, I can't tell you."
The Blue Bulls union responded to the news with a statement on their official website: "It has come to the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd's attention that Bees Roux has allegedly been involved in an incident involving a metro policeman last night in Pretoria.
"We do not have any factual information at this stage, but have been informed that the policeman passed away. We would like to express our sincerest condolences to the relatives of the deceased. We are not in a position to make any further comments in this regard."