Springbok Elton Jantjies arrested at OR Tambo airport


Springbok fyhalf Elton Jantjies has reportedly been arrested at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday 15 May 2022.

A Police spokesperson, Colonel Athlenda Mathe, provided sparse details of the case suggesting that the arrest had to do with an in-flight incident.

Police provide sparse details on Elton Jantjies arrest

Colonel Mathe would simply say that “a 31-year-old man has been arrested at the OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) for malicious damage to property”.

“The man was arrested upon arrival at ORTIA this morning at 08:50. The suspect was on an international flight from Dubai to SA when he allegedly damaged property belonging to the airline,” she said.


It has been reported that Jantjies was travelling business class from Dubai to Johannesburg prior to his arrest. 

Bok players
Handre Pollard, Elton Jantjies and Jesse Kriel. Photo: SA Rugby website

According to reports, Jantjies was arrested and escorted off the plane when they landed in Johannesburg.

Jantjies’ social media feeds appear to indicate that he and his family had travelled to Dubai for the week and were headed back to South Africa.

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) referred all media queries to the South African Police Service.

Elton Jantjies
With more than 40 Test caps to his name Elton Jantjies is one of the more senior members of the Springbok team. Photo: SA Rugby website

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said he was not aware of the incident when approached by members of the press for comment.

Jantjies was undergoing rehabilitation for an injury but had been spotted at recent matches in South Africa, sitting in the stands.

It is unclear if Jantjies remains in police custody at this time.

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