Cape Town - The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Monday condemned the racist attack that allegedly occurred at the World Rugby Sevens tournament held at Cape Town Stadium over the weekend.
"We commend Don Johnstone for confronting a fellow spectator that allegedly referred to Blitzboks flyer Seabelo Senatla as a ‘baboon’ after the wing dropped the ball in the Pool B match against Kenya. His patriotic action in defence of unity and diversity is encouraging,” SANCO national spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu said.
Mahlangu called on sporting fans to embrace non-racialism and to isolate those with racial tendencies.
"Barbaric bullies that propagate racial prejudice should be banned from all sporting events because racism is an antithesis of reconciliation and nation building," he said.
Mahlangu has urged authorities to use stadium surveillance camera footage to identify and track the spectator and his son both of whom reportedly assaulted Johnstone after the match for his objection to racism.