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‘I was never in a rehab centre for drug abuse’: Elton Jantjies

While Elton Jantjies has admitted to cheating on his wife, he says the drug addiction and mental health claims are not true.

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Elton Jantjies. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Springboks flyhalf Elton Jantjies has denounced reports he checked into rehab because of drug addiction.

Last month, Rapport newspaper reported that two independent sources stated that Jantjies booked himself into the Harmony clinic in Hout Bay for 21 days and was treated for drug addiction.

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The reports came after the father-of-three was accused of cheating on his wife, Iva Ristic, with the Springboks dietician, Zeenat Simjee.

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The rugby player spoke to News24 on his way to board a flight to Cyprus to be with his wife and three boys who relocated to the island country in the eastern Mediterranean Sea after leaving their home in Japan.

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Addressing the claims, Elton Jantjies said that he went to rehab due to injuries sustained in January during a Boks game. In addition, he said that he checked in to treat his insomnia, as he has been dependent on sleeping pills for most of his life.

“I also noted that I was portrayed to be a drug addict with mental health issues. I can proudly say I have no mental health issues, and I was never in a rehab centre for drug abuse,” Jantjies emphasised.

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The 32-year-old also admitted that he was heartbroken that he will not be part of the Springboks’ end-of-year tour which kicked off against Ireland in Dublin at the weekend.

“I am working on clearing my name of the slander I have been experiencing lately. I am deeply saddened that I was not cast to go and play with my team because of my injuries and because I did not get enough game time during the year,” he added.


According to Iva, Elton Jantjies admitted to cheating on her with Simjee. She told the publication that she had been suspecting that he was cheating for a while before the bombshell scandal.

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Jantjies also told the outlet that he regrets his decisions and the pain he has caused his wife.

“This has not been an easy ride for me. I’ve had to take a really hard look at my life and the choices I made in the past.

“I know my actions have caused a great deal of pain to everyone, especially my wife who has always been by my side. I have apologised to her and have made it my mission to make it up to her for as long as I live,” said Jantjies.


He also said that he had not been in contact with Simjee since the scandal broke.

“This has honestly been one of the worst experiences of my life,” he added.

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Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies’ wife Iva Ristic has taken their three kids and moved halfway across the world to start a new chapter. Image via Facebook @ivygirl89

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