SA Rugby stands by ‘quota’ targets

SA Rugby will not backtrack on its transformation targets and is prepared to defend the policy in court if need be.

Earlier this week, Solidarity and AfriForum announced that they would look to the courts to address what was labelled as 'unbecoming interference in sport'.

In court papers served on Tuesday, SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa, Athletics South Africa and Netball South Africa were challenged to defend their agreed transformation targets before the Labour Court.

As per an agreement between SA Rugby and the sports ministry, there are a number of set transformation targets to be met each year, and which are ultimately aligned to ensure that 50% of the Bok team is made up of players of colour by 2019.

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Deputy chief executive of Solidarity, Johan Kruger, hit out at the 'ANC's practice of withholding local sportsmen and women of opportunities because of unlawful racial quotas', and said this should be 'condemned by the courts'.

However, an SA Rugby spokesperson told Netwerk24 that it would be willing to defend its policy in court.

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Graphic: Theuns Kruger/Graphics24/Rapport

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