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The race is on again

23 April 2014, 05:30

As the countdown to election day begins so the politicians scramble for extravagant and outrageous statements to draw attention to their particular cause. Not that there is anything new by way of hope but there is, as usual, plenty to talk about.

Once again we are treated to the promises of politicians to provide more employment, more housing, increased investment and much more. But nowhere is there a hint on how this will be achieved. The economy is presently stagnant, at best, and crime - an indication of social discontent – continues to flourish with little sign of being brought under control. But we are still promised a brighter future for all.

Seemingly all, that is. For once again the mavericks in the ANC go over the top in their vitriol and introduce racism to the equation.

Despite spouting forth for decades on the evils of Apartheid and telling the world that South Africa is now free of such bigotry the ANC has taken the weeks before a general election to raise the old spectre once again. They are allowing their representatives to attack white citizens in an embarrassing effort to garner support for their failings in other directions such as supply of basic facilities for home and employment.

Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary in Western Cape Tony Ehrenreich pledges to terminate the employment of all white civil servants in the Western Cape in the event of the ANC taking control of the province. Sacked solely for being white, not for any wrongdoing or incompetence.

And Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula brings up the old complaint that there are not enough black players, players of colour, in South African team sports. It is nothing more than racism designed to impress leaders in his party that he is fighting the good fight with vigour.

The outburst of Tony Ehrenreich is childish and will most probably do his cause more harm than good. But it is still undisguised racism. Has he not learned the lessons of the past?

Minister Mbabula has been more devious, if foolish, in pushing to introduce a sixty to forty percentage ratio of players of colour to white.

We have been through all this in the past and steps were taken to address the anomalies. Now in cricket and rugby the colour of a player at senior level has nothing to do with selection. Players are chosen for their ability to perform on the field of play.

Minister Mbabula does not realise that sport is now professional and that every team has the sole purpose of winning. Without success the team will not flourish, there will be no winning culture and no money will flow in. The club will go bust. So the selectors have to choose the best possible players available, regardless of ability and based purely on skills.

Both Ehrenreich and Mbabula are memories of a dark, destructive past that we are slowly leaving behind. South Africa has no future for racists.

These players cannot be picked off the street. It takes years of training to reach professional standards and only the best succeed. Put an inexperienced player on the field and chances are that he will either be demoralised or seriously injured.

Come election time the world's media will again focus on South Africa. What a picture of misguided foolishness the likes of Ehrenreich and Mbabula create.

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