Stop blaming the past – FW de Klerk

2014-10-11 13:00

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South Africans must start supporting all national teams and not only the rugby and football teams.

That’s what former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate FW de Klerk said after receiving an award at the 24th South African Football Association (Safa) annual Congress held at the Sandton Convention Centre today.

He added: “We must stop blaming the past for all the wrongs but put our hands together to create a better future for our children.”

De Klerk, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Nelson Mandela (posthumously) were honoured by Safa for the role they played as presidents in South African football, more especially bringing the 2010 Fifa World Cup to the country.

Mbeki said hosting the event had proved that “Africa was equal to the rest of the world and that we were no longer junior people.”

He said campaigning for an “African World Cup” after the loss to Germany for the 2006 version was a masterstroke.

Motlanthe urged Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and Safa to concentrate on schools sport as a basis for development.

“Safa must as part of their technical master plan appoint scouts countrywide who will identify talent at schools level. This is the talent that will grow to be a feeder to our national teams,” he said.

Others honoured included the Safa founding fathers – living and those who have since passed on – who were there when the organisation was formed in 1992.

Kaizer Motaung was honoured, presented with a birthday cake for his 70th birthday that falls on Thursday October 16 and the delegates sang Happy Birthday.

Among the dignitaries were SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee president Gideon Sam, struggle hero and human rights lawyer Advocate George Bizos, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada and Tokyo Sexwale.

All the recipients:

Founding fathers: S Morewa (posthumously), W Maphaka (posthumously), R Reddy (posthumously), N Flaum (posthumously), V Baartjes (posthumously), M George, Prof L Gadinabokao, Dr M Oliphant, Dr D Jordaan, M Sibda, A Wilcocks, C Trader, D Blanckensee, A Trikamjee, K Motaung.

Former SA Presidents: FW De Klerk, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlante and Nelson Mandela (posthumously).

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