Cape Town - Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula has noted the
conclusion of the investigation on Matthew Theunissen by the South African
Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
Following Mbalula’s release of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report on
Transformation in sport, Theunissen reacted by posting racist remarks on
Facebook. His remarks sparked public outrage when screenshots of his post went
to concerns raised by the public, Mbalula thanked all South
Africans who are fully aware of the inequalities that exist in sport and the
need for transformation.
SAHRC recommended that Theunissen do sport community service and
conduct an academic research on transformation in sport.
Considerate to the
SAHRC constitutional limits and principles of pursuing restorative rather than
punitive justice sanctions, Mbalula accepts and trusts the
recommendations will be implemented fully.
racist remarks made by Mr. Theunissen were ignorant and insulting to black
people who continue to face many forms of racial exclusion. It was important
then that a chapter 9 institution like the South African Human Rights
Commission investigates this matter.
restorative measures the commission has recommended should serve as a teaching
moment to racist people who believe some sporting codes are an exclusive right
of one race against the other. We will continue working with our fellow
compatriots, black and white, to transform sport. Racism slows our
transformation agenda and has no space in our society,” Mbalula said.