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Western Province and Stormers loose forward Luke Watson says that the comments he made on transformation have been distorted for “propagandistic purposes” and were unlawfully recorded and distributed.

Watson was reported to have said that he felt so nauseated by the Springbok jersey that he wanted to vomit on it.

In response to this SARU have called an emergency meeting to investigate Watson’s comments while the Cape Times says that Afrikaner rights group Afriforum has demanded that Watson apologise and retract his alleged statements or face a charge of hate speech.

Watson is said to have made the comments while speaking at the University of Cape Town Rugby Football Club on October 3.

The former Springbok’s comments were made public in the press and online media two days after the campaign was stepped up for the Springbok emblem to be abandoned.

Delegates at a national sport indaba in Durban resolved on Friday that it was time rugby joined other national teams in adopting the King Protea.

They mandated the sports controlling body, Sascoc, to make the official demand in writing to the SA Rugby Union by Tuesday.

Watson was also quoted as saying “The problem with South African rugby is that it is controlled by Dutchmen.”

He was quoted as saying he felt like a “political pawn” after he was included controversially in the Bok squad against coach Jake White’s wishes and shunned by fellow players.

Watson also referred to the burden of wearing the Bok jersey and not “vomiting on it” because of “the bigger picture”, which included that “men and women” had bled for him to get where he was.

In a brief statement on Sunday, Watson said he was left with a “feeling of absolute disgust that people could stoop to these levels for the sake of a story”.

“This was a private discussion on transformation. It was unlawfully audio recorded and unlawfully distributed and I therefore reserve my rights.”

Attempts by “some elements” to turn his comments into an attack on Afrikaans people was “disingenuous and despicable”.

“We as an entire family have historically fought against discrimination of any sort. How could I possibly be accused of an anti-Afrikaner attitude? My maternal grandmother is a Van Rensburg, my paternal great-grandmother was a Schoeman and my aunt is a Swanepoel.”

The “vindictive and malicious propagandistic assaults” were aimed at deflecting the debate from the “real issues”, such as transformation, unification and sport development.

“Anyone who knows me would reject this slanderous attack with the contempt it deserves,” Watson told the Cape Times.

His father, Cheeky, said on Sunday night Luke had spoken at UCT on transformation at a privately arranged discussion group.

His son’s views had been distorted and taken “totally out of context”.

His lawyer, he said, was of the opinion that the comments were unlawfully recorded and distributed.

“This is a serious legal matter,” said Watson senior.

Saru said it was shocked by the statements and had called an urgent meeting on Monday to determine the accuracy of the reports with Western Province, Watson’s contracting union, and the University of Cape Town Rugby Club.

“If the reports are accurate, this is a very serious matter indeed,” SA rugby MD Andy Marinos said in a statement.

“But we can’t prejudge the matter on the strength of media reports and we can make no definitive statement until we have in our hands what evidence there may be.”

A further statement would be issued after Monday’s meeting, Marinos said.

Afriforum said its lawyers would send Watson junior a letter demanding that he withdraw his comments about “Dutchmen” within seven days and apologise unconditionally.

If Watson refused, he would be hauled before the Equality Court on charges of hat

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