Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula says government will intervene to fast-track transformation in rugby and soccer. He says he is not happy with the way in which the two sporting codes are being run.
He was speaking on the SABC's Sunday Live programme. “I am not happy and that is why we are intervening in relation to what we must do with those sporting codes at the level of performance.”
Last week Mbalula told Parliament's portfolio committee on sports and recreation that transformation is about access, equity and participation in the different sporting codes. “I want to spend time mediating transformation and development in sport,” he said.
Mbalula said many of those paying "lip service" to transformation have long abandoned transformation. Transformation is about access, equity and participation in the different sporting codes. He says no person should say they could not play a sport such as rugby "because there are rules".
"There are players who drop in the system. You don't know what happened to them. You can't have a country that produces one African player for cricket every year, every season every decade.
"It can't be. What happened to the others? We can't address that by complaining every time that there is a problem. The problem is not the players. The problem is the administrators." – Additional reporting by Sapa