Quotas: introduce them at junior level

2015-04-20 12:32
Proteas celebrate... (Gallo Images)

Sport24 reader Rocco DeWet outlines why quotas should be implemented at a junior cricket level:

"I accept the statement by CSA as factually correct. I am happy to sincerely apologize to Mr. Mbalula and Lorgat for having judged them too harshly in this controversy

However, the real travesty remains that team selection at national level has to be racially defined as "at least 4 players of colour" (whatever that means - I find such language offensive). I accept and support transformation quotas at levels lower than national level so that transformation at national level would be a purely merit driven phenomenon. So there is our problem. CSA embraced a quota system at national level, and that will always make the selection of some players suspect.

So Mr. Mbalula and Lorgat, show your leadership and drop the quota system entirely at national level, and the problem will disappear. That is if we want to select our best players and actually win a World Cup."

"We have to atone somehow for privilege based on race, stretching back centuries, and legalized under Apartheid. Our actions disadvantaged our African brothers and sisters. At the very least we denied the African population a fair share of the wealth that emanated from natural resources, which rightfully belonged to everyone. And there was a 100% White sport quota system in place from 1948 to 1994.

So it is up to us to first reach out to Africa, not the other way. Once our national team is more representative of our demographics, that is the time to stop quotas below national level for that sport.

However, I repeat my opinion that quotas at national level are counterproductive, and should be stopped as soon as possible - if such a team loses in a World Cup, it essentially becomes an argument against transformation. The Vernon Philander controversy is a direct result of the current national quota system. And Mr. Philander is usually an excellent candidate for our national team - he does not deserved to be selected under a cloud of suspicion.

In the name of nation building, I implore Mr. Mbalula and Mr.Lorgat to clearly abolish any type of cricket quota system at national level. You will make many friends. And the enemies you would make would clearly not have South Africa's best interest at heart anyway."

"The unfair victim in this was not just Kyle Abbot and the chances of the Proteas. The 4-person quota system was the most unfair to Vernon Philander, who had to carry the disappointment of our entire nation on his shoulders. So, my personal opinion is that quotas at national level are counterproductive, and should be abolished. At national level, quotas ultimately hurt the candidates it was supposed to benefit."

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