The charge laid by Solidarity and AfriForum against the South African government will be heard by the United Nations’ committee on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination on 8 August. The charge forms part of a bigger charge by Solidarity on racial quotas in the workplace.
The charge on sport quotas focuses on the statement by the Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, that local sports federations are not allowed to host international sports meetings because they do not meet requirements for racial quotas. This is in conflict with the international sports codes such as the Olympic Charter and bylaws of the International Rugby Board, which state that the government may not interfere with the selection of sports teams, that race may not be used when selecting sports teams and that the best teams should be selected for international participation. Racial quotas contravene these international rules on many levels.
Apart from the international rules, South Africa also contravenes local legislation. South Africa’s National Sport and Recreation Act of 1998 prohibits the Minister from interfering with the selection of sports teams. The Equal Employment Act, which regulates the relationship between the player and the sports union, also clearly stipulates that racial quotas are illegal.
Ordinary South Africans also reject sport quotas: 78% of all South Africans, black and white, in a survey conducted by the South African Institute of Race Relations indicated that merit should prevail in sport.
The Minister of Sport therefore is totally out of line with the use of racial quotas in sport.
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