Who? South African rugby coach.
In January 2008, Peter de Villiers was named coach of the South African national rugby team, the Springboks. He was the first black coach chosen for the top job.
During his first year as Springboks coach, Peter de Villiers was the subject of a sex tape rumor. The alleged sex tape hit the headlines in early September, soon after a big test match victory over Australia. The Daily Telegraph reported:
De Villiers, the first black coach of the Boks, says he is the victim of a white conspiracy following reports at the weekend an SARU [South African Rugby Union] employee had attempted to blackmail him last month with a tape of De Villiers engaged in a sex act in a car park.
A former Springboks media manager, said to be acting with a Springbok squad member, reportedly told De Villiers the compromising tape would be released if the player was dropped.
“I knew there were still people who do not want a black coach, I just never knew the extent people would go to discredit me,” De Villiers told the Johannesburg Sunday Times yesterday. The stunning controversy arose from a trip by De Villiers to the Eastern Cape in April.
It is alleged CCTV footage exists of the coach with an unknown woman in a car park. De Villiers said the ex-Springbok media officer, who is currently in a legal dispute with his employers, told him of a tape before the Boks lost to New Zealand in Cape Town last month.
A SARU statement yesterday said that: “SARU can confirm that a company employee did approach Mr De Villiers on August 15 in Cape Town. The employee made certain extraordinary claims which SARU has since looked into but has been unable to find any basis to support in fact.”
In May 2012, Peter de Villiers published an autobiography entitled Politically Incorrect. An excerpt at Books Live discussed the sex tape scandal and named names.
Chris Hewitt, the South African Rugby Union (Saru) media manager who was later killed in a light aircraft crash, told me of the existence of the tape. Apparently Cheeky Watson and Cedric Frolick were going to reveal a sex tape that they had obtained of me in a compromising position with a woman in a car park during a trip to the Eastern Cape.
So the way I see it, Cheeky and Cedric wanted me suspended, and if that was the plan – and I did only have Chris’s word linking them to the tape – then it didn’t work.
Apparently Makhenkesi Stofile was very unhappy with the way I was treating Cheeky’s son Luke, as were other politicians back home, who were incensed because I wasn’t starting with him [Luke was on the bench].
I told Cheeky that I would not make political decisions, but my own. It did not necessarily mean that Luke would not play, but that I would be guided only by rugby decisions when I selected my team.
Cheeky Watson dismissed Peter de Villiers’ account as “bald-faced lies”.
In any case, the alleged CCTV footage from the Eastern Cape car park never appeared. There’s no evidence that the Peter de Villiers sex tape ever existed.