Rugby crisis in KZN

2010-10-12 00:00

The KZN Rugby Union is to meet “as soon as possible” with a disgruntled group of rugby officials who are threatening to withdraw black clubs and players from the provincial organisation because of a perceived lack of transformation.

Pete Smith, CEO of the KZN Rugby Union, told The Witness yesterday that he is trying urgently to set up a meeting with the unhappy officials.

The provincial rugby’s transformation committee task group, labelling the KZN Rugby Union “racist”, has presented a memorandum to president Peter Hassard and Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl demanding greater transformation.

The lobby group has called for a restructuring of the rugby union to include more black officials at council and executive level and the development of poorer clubs.

“I’m trying to set up a meeting as soon as possible,” Smith said.

“We are obviously deeply concerned about these allegations and we need to meet the group urgently and address their problems.”

Smith said he hopes a meeting between the union and the disgruntled officials can be arranged within the next week.

He said he would not comment further on the allegations at this stage.

“We certainly don’t want to fight this battle in the media. We may release a statement after our discussions, but that will depend on the meeting,” he said.

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