Zeenat Simjee

Iva Ristic – the estranged wife of Elton Jantjies – has accused Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus of ‘protecting’ team dietician Zeenat Simjee.
Images via Facebook @zeenatimaans/ Instagram @eltonjantjies

‘Protected by SA Rugby’: Elton’s wife slams Zeenat, Rassie

Iva Ristic – the wife of Springboks player Elton Jantjies – has clapped back at Rassie Erasmus’s lack of action against Zeenat Simjee.

Zeenat Simjee

Iva Ristic – the estranged wife of Elton Jantjies – has accused Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus of ‘protecting’ team dietician Zeenat Simjee.
Images via Facebook @zeenatimaans/ Instagram @eltonjantjies

Iva Ristic – the estranged wife of Springboks player Elton Jantjies – has accused coach Rassie Erasmus of seemingly favouring team dietician Zeenat Simjee following her alleged affair with the flyhalf.

In fact, the mom-of-three – who confirmed plans to divorce Elton – has gone as far as to state that the South African Rugby body is “protecting” the woman at the centre of the cheating scandal.

In September, Elton Jantjies and Zeenat Simjee made headlines after an eyewitness spotted them at a guesthouse in Mbombela a month earlier. Whilst both initially denied news of a hotel tryst, Elton came clean about his affair with “Zee” in an interview with News24 in November. Zeenat then claimed that it was a case of “mistaken identity”.

Zeenat recently returned from an end-of-year European tour with the Springboks after returning to her post in October. Elton Jantjies was left off of the squad.

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Speaking exclusively to The South African, Iva Ristic revealed that Zeenat Simjee had yet to face any consequences over her alleged actions.

The brunette – now based in Turkey – claimed she had sent a folder of “evidence” of what had transpired between Elton Jantjies and Zeenat to Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus. But added the man behind the national team “didn’t really care.”

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She said of Zeenat: “She doesn’t care about people’s opinions as long as she stays at work. And I think she is very much protected by SA rugby.”

Iva continued: “That night when I spoke to Rassie Erusmus and he asked me for all the evidence, he was convincing me not to go to the media because he will make sure to make things right.

“Instead, the next day he got her a lawyer. HIS lawyer [Frikkie Erasmus]”.

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Elton Jantjies and Zeenat Simjee. Image via Instagram @eltonjantjies/ YouTube screenshot

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Iva then expressed her frustration at the Springboks lack of action in the matter. She added of Zeenat’s alleged antics, which Iva believes dates back to 2019: “There was NO internal procedure to even CHECK if there was a bridge of contract from HER side…

Iva added of her own communication with Zeenat – via Instagram DM –  in the wake of the alleged affair: “I just asked her the question, ‘Do you have something to tell me?’. She read it but didn’t reply… then she blocked me. She never made an effort to talk to me after that until today”.

Iva added: “She only responds through her lawyer, who makes things so much worse for her… like the twin story.”

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The South African has reached out to Zeenat Simjee for comment but received no response at the time of publishing.


It’s not only Iva Ristic who is frustrated at the outcomes of the incident.

Speaking to Rapport last month, Elton claimed that Zeenat Simjee’s “mistaken identity” statement was far-fetched. He said: “As I confirmed to my wife, I did have a relationship with Zee (Zeenat). There is only one Zee”.

The rugby star also expressed his annoyance that Zeenat continues to deny their relationship. He added: “I don’t have to prove that Zee and I were more than friends. She knows the truth.”

Earlier this month, Elton came clean to the public about his extra-marital affairs in an interview with News24.

He told the publication: “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”.

According to the publication, Elton Jantjies also claimed he was “amazed” that Zeenat had returned to work, “pretending like nothing happened.”