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SA Rugby have suspended the communications officer who is at the centre of the furore about the alleged sex video involving Springbok coach Peter de Villiers.

Chris Hewitt, the suspended employee is said to have informed De Villiers about the existence of an alleged sex video and can still draw his salary until an internal disciplinary hearing against him has run its course.

Hewitt apparently met on Monday with SA Rugby’s managing director, Jonathan Stones, the manager of national teams, Andy Marinos, and the head of strategic communications, Andy Colquhoun.

Colquhoun also told a Talk Radio station that the disciplinary hearing against Hewitt arises from (amongst other things) a meeting he allegedly had with De Villiers on August 15 (the day before the Springboks played the All Blacks in Cape Town) in which he informed De Villiers about the existence of a video apparently starrring the coach.

The video is said to show De Villiers involved in a sex act with a woman in a car in a parking lot in the Eastern Cape.

When the story first broke it was said that the ideo was being used to blackmail De Villiers into keeping a certain player in the Springbok squad, but the coach has denied this.

De Villiers confirmed in an interview over the weekend that his conversation with Hewitt did take place, but denied that he had been guilty of any immoral act.

The disciplinary hearing against Hewitt however will not take place till after next week’s board meeting of SA Rugby.

“We have to make sure that we follow the correct procedure, and that is why we have to ensure in the meeting that we get the right people to work on the case,” an official of SA Rugby who wished not to be named told Beeld.

“This matter will undoubtedly go to court and we have to ensure that we are ready for that.”

Regarding the rumours that Hewitt apparently insisted on a settlement of R2m for resigning, the official said, “That’s nonsense. He must be smoking his socks. His employment is subject to the Labour Law and that does not mean he cannot be fired.”

Hewitt has apparently asked to be paid out in full for his contract whcih has a term of four years and is thought to have started earlier this year.

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