King’s Watson to appear in Parliament

2013-03-07 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The president of the Southern Kings, Cheeky Watson, will have to appear in front of parliament again.

Angry members of the sport and recreation portfolio committee demand that Watson explain in person a letter that he had written about a member of the committee.

In the letter, Watson reportedly stated that the portfolio committee had a secret agenda.

Richard Mdakane, chair of the committee, said the letter followed a report that Watson had to make two weeks ago to explain progress with transformation on the Southern Kings as well as the team’s future plans to transform.

Members castigated Watson because they were not happy with the regional team’s transformation plans and progress.

Watson had listed several excuses and reasons in his submission why this Super Rugby team did not meet the committee’s expectations on transformation. One of his reasons for lack of progress was that several of South Africa’s top rugby players who should be playing for the Kings, are playing for other Super Rugby franchises.

These players include Lionel Mapoe, Akona Ndungane, Lwazi Mvovo and Elton Jantjies.

Watson could not explain how the Kings would solve the problem. Mdakane said Watson’s letter was very irresponsible.

Watson had made certain promises on the development and transformation of rugby in the Eastern Cape and he did not keep these promises.

Donald Lee, DA MP in the Eastern Cape, reacted strongly against Watson’s letter and demanded that the committee consider steps against him.

Lee said Watson had tarnished the good name of the committee and had also attacked the integrity of its members. Mgolodi Dikgacwi, ANC MP, supported Lee and asked Mdakane to force Watson to explain his letter in person to the committee.

Mdakane said he does not want to get involved in a street fight with Watson, but undertook to ask him to explain the content of his letter.

Watson yesterday said the committee has not yet officially made this request and he could not make any further comment until it did.

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