At a press conference to be held in Pretoria this coming Tuesday, trade union Solidarity and civil rights organisation AfriForum will announce a comprehensive legal strategy to deal with racial quotas and government interference in sport, as well as a strategy to bring political pressure to bear on it.
This comes in the wake of, among other things, the announcement by Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula in late April banning the four main sport federations in South Africa – Athletics SA, the South African Rugby Union (Saru), Cricket SA and Netball SA – from hosting any major international tournament in South Africa as they had not reached their transformation targets.
Solidarity and AfriForum contend that the minister’s statements are highly contentious because, among other things, all international sports bodies prohibit any form of political interference in sport. South African labour legislation, too, prohibits any form of racial quotas.
At the press, the two organisations will also give the media a full rundown of the legal action they intend to institute against the implementation of quotas in South African sport.
Members of the media are hereby cordially invited to attend the press conference.