Port Elizabeth – An under-21 Blue Bulls rugby player charged with rape made a brief appearance in the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape on Monday.
The rugby player is facing a charge of rape after an 18-year-old woman opened a case against him last week.
The alleged incident took place after a night out in KwaMagxaki in Port Elizabeth. Police said that the man was arrested on December 28.
It is understood that rugby player was driving with a friend and the woman when an argument ensued. The vehicle came to a standstill and the rugby player allegedly pulled the woman out of the car and raped her in a bush and left.
The State indicated they would be ready to proceed with the bail application, even if profiles were still not ready by next week.
The defence made a request for a final remand.
The rugby player, who cannot be named until he has formally pleaded, appeared in the dock dressed in a checkered shirt and jeans.
He smiled at the public seated in a packed court gallery, to the annoyance of community members there to support the 18-year-old woman.
The case was postponed until January 15.
Meanwhile, The Blue Bulls Company has issued a statement acknowledging the arrest, saying a further statement will be released “once the legal system has run its course”.
African News Agency/ANA