South Africa's cricket team say they won't be dragged into the dispute between Kevin Pietersen and the England board.
The team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed texts messages were sent by Pietersen to some of the players but said they contained nothing more than "banter".
The batsman was dropped from the England squad for the third test at Lord's after he failed to confirm to the ECB that the messages were not derogatory towards his fellow players and the management.
Details of which players received texts have not been made public.
Moosajee said: "There has been untruthful allegations in the media implicating members of our squad in the current issue between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB.
"We stand by the same stance we have taken since we heard the news about these allegations. Yes, text messages were sent but like we said before it was banter among team-mates, which is perfectly acceptable.
"The ECB has not made a formal approach to myself or any member of the team to see the text messages, as currently reported in the media.
"Allegations that Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers were the recipients of the texts are unfounded. Until such time that the allegations are met with the correct facts and evidence, we shall not comment.
"The internal issue between Kevin Pietersen and the English cricket board has been publicised for weeks, even before we arrived in the UK, and we don't want to get ourselves involved in an issue that has nothing to do with us."
South Africa will replace England as the world's number one ranked test team if they avoid defeat in the final test of the series which starts on Thursday.