South Africa

Solidarity and AfriForum to put a stop to political interference

2017-07-03 11:29
Henk Maree (Screengrab from YouTube)

Cape Town - Solidarity and AfriForum will on Tuesday announce their plan to put a stop to political interference in sport on account of the organisations convening meetings with international sporting bodies in the coming month.
 
“South African sport deserves merits and merits alone. It can be observed annually how political interference in sport increases, and this after the ANC argued during the previous regime that merit must be the only measure,” said Henk Maree, spokesperson of AfriForum.
 
According to Solidarity, the agreed-upon quotas are not only against the law, but they are also in contravention of agreed-upon international norms.

“It is shameless that government is enforcing such strict race quotas. However, it is not surprising. For government, local racial legislation and international agreements are simply lip service,” added Anton van der Bijl, Head of Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices.  
 
During the media conference, the report Transformation in SA sport: Scoreboard not in government favour will be launched, while the international sporting bodies which the civil rights watchdog and trade union delegation are planning on visiting will also be announced.  

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