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Politics to save Boland’s president


The rugby revolution in Boland could end up in battle lines being drawn between old, ideological and political enemies.

Yesterday Marco Botha from Die Burger newspaper reported that a motion of no confidence was handed to the Boland Rugby Union executive including its president, Francois Davids.  The document contains allegations of nepotism, racism and preferential treatment of the Roses United club with whom Davids has strong ties.

In the document the clubs have given the Boland executive the option to vacate their positions willingly failing which the motion will be brought before the AGM for a vote.

It is believed that the motion is driven by some of the heavyweights on the club scene in Boland where apparently 7 out of the 10 premier league clubs supports it.  Even so, given the rugby politics in Boland it is unlikely that 70% of clubs in the premier league will turn against Davids and the executive board.

It is believed that the executive council convened last night and will meet again today where it is expected that Davids will get the support of the full council.  But what could ultimately save Davids is the traditional rugby divide that exists in the union.

Davids captained Boland in the days of the old SARU, a mainly coloured but non-racial organisation, with which most of the Boland clubs having historical ties to this day.  The antagonist organisation was the Federation to which clubs like Robertson and Wesbank belonged to.  The two organisation shared a very different political ideology at the time.

It is believed that the majority ex-SARU affiliated clubs will form a united front in support of Davids.

Efforts to get a response from Davids by Sport24 proved unsuccessful while Willie Small accused Sport24 of driving a racist agenda.

This article was translated into English – the original article in Afrikaans can be found HERE

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