National sports teams applied quota system 'maliciously' - ANC

2016-05-05 12:57
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Johannesburg – National sports teams have been maliciously applying the quota system, the ANC told News24 on Thursday.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa commended Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s decision to ban athletics, cricket, netball, and rugby from hosting or bidding for major international tournaments as they had not met transformation goals.

Kodwa called for help from corporate South Africa in developing sports infrastructure in rural areas.

"We have to commend the sports minister for making such a bold decision," Kodwa said.

Kodwa said the ANC had been trying to transform sport in South Africa for 21 years by introducing quotas that limited the number of white players in a team.

"We introduced quotas, but they have been misused and misapplied to maintain the status quo. They have been maliciously applied by sports teams."

When asked about why the government was focusing on senior levels, while schools in townships and rural areas had no facilities like rugby fields, he said corporate South Africa had to help.

The ANC would not succeed on its own in developing sports in rural schools. He said the debate about sport was not about race, but about the fact that people were historically disadvantaged.

He said talent had to be developed in rural areas and then used to further develop more talent.

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