Black pupil turned away from hockey trials

By Drum Digital
09 May 2012

A 17-year-old Brits school girl claims she was turned away from hockey trials in Rustenburg because she is black, The Times reported on Wednesday.

Rego Modise, a Grade 11 pupil at Wagpos Hoërskool said she persuaded her parents to drive her to Hoërskool Grenswag for Bokkie Week trials after getting approval from her coach.

She registered and paid a R30 fee, but was later told the trials were for white pupils only.

"I told him [coach Louis Koen] I was sent by my coach. He then asked me: 'Didn't they tell you anything else?' and I said no. Then he told me that Bokkie Week was for white kids only," she said.

Neither Koen nor Wagpos principal Daan Neethling could be reached for comment, but Rev Peter Stans, CEO of Afrikaner Volkseie Sport, the organisers of Bokkie Week, said Modise had "definitely" not been invited for the trials, which were by invitation only. He said the week was for "Afrikaner" children only.

No player of a different race had ever attended Bokkie Week, Stans said.

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