Rugby transformation debate is urgent - judge

2015-09-02 14:35
Tshidiso Mokhoanatse at the High Court in Pretoria with some of his supporters in the rugby case. (Thomas Hartleb, News24)

Tshidiso Mokhoanatse at the High Court in Pretoria with some of his supporters in the rugby case. (Thomas Hartleb, News24)

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Pretoria - The debate about transformation must be sped up as people are losing patience, the high court judge hearing the "rugby case" said on Wednesday.

"We need to hurry up. We need to move with determination, focus, so that there is less turbulence," Judge Ntendeya Mavundla said in the High Court in Pretoria.

"The matters of transformation have got that potential of people losing patience. You can already see at the University of Stellenbosch."

The matter was of national interest and the court was "highly sensitive" to this, he said.

Mavundla was speaking as Tshidiso Mokhoanatse, of the Agency for New Agenda party, wanted the court to stop the Springboks from competing in the Rugby World Cup later this month. He argued the team was too white and not representative of South Africa's demographics.

Mavundla said the "transformation wheels" were grinding very slowly and that he had no grudge against "our white compatriots".

He stood the matter down until 14:00 for a lawyer to be found to help Mokhoanatse.

Christiaan Sevenster, for Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, said he had been instructed to continue with the matter. If the court found the case was urgent then he could pursue the route of getting a lawyer later.

"I don't know of the attorney who is going to fix this application," he said.

He asked whether the case was deserving of an already overburdened court dealing with urgent matters.

Mavundla told him he had made up his mind and would not debate further with him. He instructed Sevenster to approach the Bar Council and get a lawyer to help Mokhoanatse.  

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