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Rugby Union: Court backs Mandela over inquiry

SOUTH AFRICA'S highest court has vindicated former President Nelson Mandela in a court case over his investigation into racism in rugby.

Yesterday the Constitutional Court overturned a lower court ruling that had quashed a Mandela-ordered investigation into racism and mismanagement in the South African Rugby Football Union. The panel said the Pretoria High Court Judge William de Villiers was wrong in ruling last year that Mandela's appointment of the commission of inquiry in 1997 was unconstitutional.