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Parliament: Kolisi’s comments on racial quotas unfortunate

Jan 9, 2019
Parliament: Kolisi’s comments on racial quotas unfortunate

The Chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation, Beauty Dlulane, on Wednesday said that comments made by Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi, on racial quotas in South African sport were unfortunate as quotas are a necessary tool of transformation.

“Transformation in our country has to happen. Quotas in un-transforming sport codes, especially rugby at national level, are a way of enforcing it,” Dlulane said.

"If some sectors resist being part of the new South Africa, as seen in some sporting codes such as rugby and cricket at national level, then the committee supports the use of the quota system. This has no bearing on competence."

Kolisi is reported to have voiced opposition to racially-based quotas in sport, and said that former President Nelson Mandela would not have supported such a system.

'Siya Kolisi’s comments on racial quotas unfortunate'

Dlulane said the view attributed to Kolisi is unfortunate, and cautioned against sport personalities commenting on race issues.

“Their opinions might be interpreted as being insensitive to the realities of our country. South Africa is a diverse nation. Transformation is government policy and will remain so for as long as necessary.”

Dlulane further congratulated Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis, and Thembi Kgatlana for winning the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women Coach of the year and Women Player of the year, respectively.

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