Quotas will not be imposed

April 23, 2014
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A 60-40 quota favouring black players would not be imposed on anybody, Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula said in Pretoria on Wednesday after meeting three minority groups.

“Talking is not endless, but we need to find each other.

“I am not imposing any 60-40 onto anybody.

“I’ve talked to the federations,” Mbalula said after a meeting with lobby group AfriForum, trade union Solidarity and the Freedom Front Plus.

The meeting followed an announcement that quotas would be imposed before the May 7 national elections.

“I am not going to sit as a minister in government and ignore South Africans that have concerns about the positions we’ve taken.”

Mbulula said he had an obligation to everyone.

“That is why I am happy about this meeting. At least I know what to do next.”

On April 5, the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and Mbalula announced far-reaching measures to address the lack of transformation and development, as indicated by a pilot study on the status of transformation in sport.

A report by the Eminent Persons Group on Transformation (EPG) indicated that South Africa had fallen behind in terms of transformation in the country.

The report indicated that at national representative level both cricket and rugby under-performed in that on average for all teams only 35 percent and 34 percent of the set targets for black African representation were accomplished.

While Mbalula steered clear of using the term quotas, he did say it was important to set targets for transformation in sport.

“There can never be redress or transformation without targets because you will have an open-ended process,” Mbalula said.

“We are agreed about development and what we need to do. What we need to do is to close the gap and level the playing field.”

The respective organisations welcomed the meeting with the minister and said more talks would be held to find a solution to the glaring differences in opinion on the quota system.

AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel said while he appreciated the robust discussions, the three bodies made it clear that they were against a race-based quota system.

“We believe it is negative to the dreams of young people. They feel discriminated against, black and white,” Kriel said.

“Where a child is not chosen because a team has to adhere to a quota system, we believe that is a form of racial discrimination that infringes on the dignity of young people of our country.”

Kriel said AfriForum would report South African sports bodies to international sports authorities should they yield to racial quota pressures.

He said international sporting bodies prohibited any form of racial discrimination and government interference in sport.

Solidarity’s executive officer Dirk Hermann said a quota system in any shape and form was unlawful. The Constitution did not allow for quotas, and the Employment Equity Act prohibited it, he said.

“We get the feeling that unions (sport federations) are forced to act unlawfully if you force them to apply quotas,” he said.

“This undermines the Constitutional state and we ask thus for the minister not to continue with unlawful quota practices.”

All three parties agreed there was a need to fast-track development in previously disadvantaged areas and vowed to give their assistance in achieving this.

Source: News24

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4 Comments

  1. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 23rd, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Another quota for those who support it:

    CSA have announced the appointment of Shukri Conrad as national academy head coach and Lawrence Mahatlane as national under-19 team head coach.

    “I would also like to thank Ray Jennings for his fantastic service as our under-19 head coach over the past nine years.

    ♦ Excellent: Fire the man that won us the junior world title because he’s white.

  2. avatar Aldo says:
    April 24th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    And that is why I am no supporter of quotas Boertjie. Yet I can see why it is done when there is no effort from anyone else to give government what they need.

    Look, the sporting bodies have been tasked with transforming the game 20 years ago, but to date we, yes we all, still think a black player is a wing. On the off chance of one coming through in another position where he is just as good or better than the white player, he will sit on the bench gathering splinters more often than not.

    Now with all this pressure on from government, why do we do this, so easy to give the black player a chance when the white one does not justify his continued support (and I once again point to the Bulls with Visagie)? Why not give the black guy a fair chance, in this example he will not be a quota as he is in plain english, good enough. Luckily he is getting a start this weekend, or those are the indications, but that is just so he doesnt move as easily when his contract ends this year, there are a lot of unions apparently looking for his services and willing to pay more than the Bulls. But that is all just speculation at the moment.

    Hopefully with quotas not being enforced we will now see the sporting bodies and provincial unions waking up and doing more.

  3. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 24th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    @Aldo:

    I know a guy who did a lot of coaching with
    black players.
    Getting them to attend is always a problem.
    Getting them to the match venue in time is
    quite an effort.
    Getting them to stick to training programmes
    is nigh impossible.

    In many cases this is where the real problem
    lies. Add to this the lack of facilities at
    government run schools.

    I love merit, I hate entitlement.

  4. avatar Duiwel says:
    April 24th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    The writing is on the wall.
    Overseas clubs will welcome them with open arms.
    And they will flourish abroad

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