Coetzee not up to the job

2016-10-18 06:00

WITH all due respect, sports editor Lunga Biyela’s pieces are all decidedly one-sided, especially with respect to the dreaded transformation issue.

I understand it is simply his opinion and that is fine. He cites All Black legend Laurie Mains, who lambasted the quota system and rightly so. He is not the only pundit, who has echoed the exact same points. Some have labelled the Springboks as rugby’s “dead man”, while others have likened us to the West Indies of rugby. Surely these “outsiders’” views can only be seen as objective? The bottom line is that they are 100% correct in their assessments.

Biyela immediately takes such comments personally or as a racial attack and tries to shy away from admitting that they are right. The same critics also derided the likes of Heyneke Meyer, who is white. His backing of Allister Coetzee is laughable. He is not cut out for the job, no matter his race.

Pieter de Villiers was the one who was treated badly as he actually produced results. Coetzee was not given an “old, beat-up Ferrari” (the players), as Biyela implies. We have the best talent in the world.

I urge Biyela at least to have some sort of objectivity in his writing. Try to see the criticism of non-whites such as Coetzee for what it is, instead of seeing it as a race thing all the time.


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