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South Africa’s World Cup-winning fly-half Elton Jantjies was arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday and released on bail.
Jantjies, who has earned 44 caps for the Springboks, was returning to the country from Dubai when he allegedly caused “malicious damage to property”.
The fly-half’s agent, James Adams from In Touch Sports, said in a statement that his client was alleged to have damaged a light inside the plane.
“We believe that the incident has been unnecessarily heightened,” Adams added.
“Our client, however, remains compliant with the investigation process and will address the matter with the seriousness it beckons.”
Key part of Springboks squad
Jantjies became a key part of the Springboks squad in 2021, often playing back-up to Handre Pollard and performing a crucial role coming off the bench later in the game.
He has recently been featuring for NTT Red Hurricanes in Japan and was coming back after a family holiday in Turkey when the alleged incident occurred.
The fly-half has been released on R1000 bail and is expected to appear at Kempton Park magistrate’s court on Monday.
Spokesperson for the South African Police Service Colonel Athlenda Mathe said: “The SAPS can confirm that the 31-year-old man who was arrested at the OR Tambo International Airport for malicious damage to property has been released on bail.”
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