COSATU reacts to new Springboks squad selection
By SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has expressed mixed feelings over the increase in the number of black players called to the senior men’s rugby national team.
While welcoming the development, the trade union’s Western Cape entity still believes coach Heynecke Meyer is not the right man for the job.
“COSATU Western Cape is glad that the number of black players has been doubled in the Springbok team starting lineup,” COSATU Western Cape spokesperson, Geraldine Kennedy, said.
“This is an indication that SARU (South African Rubgy Union) will not change out of their own and only pressure will bring a change. This also confirms that Heynecke is not a good coach, who considers all the talent available.
This seems like a team selected in panic to remove the pressure from him, and still excludes Mahoje, Carr, Jantjies and De Jong,” Kennedy added.He said the four black players are a start, but still too many black players are excluded. Trevor Nyakane, Bryan Habana, Lwazi Mvovo and Zane Kirchner are the four black players set to start against Argentina on Saturday.
“We have no doubt this mixed team will do better than the previous all white team,” said Kennedy.“We want to see real transformation through all levels of the game and a review of the cosy political deals that was done with SARU, which does not benefit black sportsmen as a whole. We want to see funds put into development at all levels of the game.”COSATU has in recent days raised concern at the dearth of black players in the Springboks side.The labour body has thus accused Meyer of racism, claims he has rejected.
– CAJ News
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