Emblem: Indaba delegates back protea

2008-10-10 00:00

There were mixed reactions among delegates at a sports indaba in Durban to calls to scrap the Springbok emblem.

The chairman of the Parlimentary sports committee, Butana Khompela, told delegates on Thursday the emblem should be scrapped as it is a painful reminder of apartheid.

The majority of delegates who spoke to Weekend Witness said the emblem should be scrapped and replaced by the King Protea.

Vuyani Limba, a rugby activist from the Eastern Cape, said it is not a matter of scrapping the emblem, but focusing on the resolution that was taken several years ago that the King Protea be the emblem for all sports.

“There is a big noise about the emblem now. The important thing is that the correct emblem be implemented now. Rugby bosses need to start using the Protea,” he said.

“The sooner you implement it, the better it will be for uniting all South Africans. It must be done,” he said.

Siva Chetty also said it is time for rugby to implement the Protea because other national sport teams have used the Protea for several years now.

“I think that Springbok emblem needs to go, it has too many negative connotations for many people. It’s time that for change and this change must happen soon,” he said.

But delegate Noel Charles said the main focus should be on sport and not what emblem is displayed on team kits.

He said claims that the emblem is associated with apartheid are ridiculous. “The Springbok is just an animal. If the symbol was Eugene Tere’Blanche, then people could make a huge fuss … ” he said.

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