I used to back the All Blacks - Ehrenreich

2015-09-11 21:22
Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich (Die Burger)

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich (Die Burger)

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'Old boys club' still controls SA Rugby - Ehrenreich

2015-08-27 14:46

On Wednesday night, Cosatu hosted a 'Springbok supporters for transformation' meeting in Cape Town, attended by various rugby clubs and 'experts on sport transformation'. Former Bok coach Peter de Villiers was the guest speaker. Watch. WATCH

Cape Town - Tony Ehrenreich says he used to love it when the All Blacks "moered" the Springboks.

"I didn’t support the Boks because of their exclusion of wonderful black players under apartheid. I believed in the notion of no normal sport in an abnormal society. It just excluded so many people," the leader of the opposition in the City of Cape Town and provincial secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) told News24.

"I had schizophrenia when we played in the 1995 Rugby World Cup. When Chester Williams got the ball, I would shout and support him. But other than that I supported the All Blacks."

He later changed his allegiance to the green and gold.

"[A short while] after unification when we were supposed to have a team that represented all of the people I got behind the Boks.

"But they must be challenged to be a team of the people. Rugby cannot be manipulated by some white mafia which is clearly controlling what’s happening in sport."

Saru isn’t doing enough to ensure black institutions are getting the funding and support required for the development of the sport in disadvantage areas, Ehrenreich insisted.

"Oregan Hoskins is a nice guy on a personal level, but I am criticising him because he isn’t doing his job as a champion of non-racialism in sport.

"Many of the black players who are clearly the best in their positions are being excluded. How can Elton Jantjies be left out of the World Cup team? This isn’t just my opinion – it’s what people in the know are asking."

Cosatu plans to coordinate a process "high level discussions around fixing this problem" after the World Cup, "not imbizos with the minister where they just talk among each other".

"There has been white support for this too. It’s not just black ambition - it’s the ambition of progressive South Africans who want to see the best people in the team.

"We want to see people we identify with on the field. And the players are there."

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