Racism returns to haunt SA rugby
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has as such called on
the Minister of Sports, Fikile Mbalula, to intervene in the issue.
COSATU Western Cape Provincial Secretary, Tony Ehrenreich, accused white
administrators of resisting transformation to shut black players out of
“The old boys club in rugby still control things in the same way they always have and they manage their public relations to reinforce this. The coach is always presented as now fixing the problems that Meyer caused, to undermine the latter, yet we are bringing back old players when there are existing new ones around.
“The team on the field is still over-represented by white players, even though there are many great black players in the squad,” said Ehrenreich.
“Looking at the match on Saturday, again black players are brought onto
the field in the last five minutes, even though the springboks are comfortably ahead. This is because the Coach is scared that the black players will outshine the white players, if they get lots of game time,” Ehrenreich said.
He said even when players went off for injury, white rugby players were always rushed back on because the black replacements might shine.
“The arrogance of the white boys club continues to be displayed very publicly, an example being how Matfield wears an old South African riot squad skull cap, completely disregarding how this may impact on the sentiments of black South Africans.
“The time is now to take decisive steps in respect of rugby and stop pandering to the old boys club. The powers in the game are money and the big sponsors who are able to put money in the game because of the tax breaks that National Government gives them,” Ehrenreich said.
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