Cape Town - Paarl Gymnasium has vowed to
take action against their pupils if it is found they racially abused Wynberg
Boys' players during a recent schoolboy rugby game.
storm erupted in Western Province schools rugby last weekend when
Wynberg's Under-16 team walked off during a match against Paarl Gymnasium after
the apparent use of the k-word directed towards one of their players.
At some point a Paarl Gym boy allegedly also told a boy from Wynberg: “I will
slap the coloured off your face.”
The Cape Argus reported that the alleged slurs continued into the second half when Wynberg decided to walk
off the field, with Paarl Gym leading 33-0.
However, according to a report on the SARugbymag website,
the game was in fact ended by the referee after exchanges between the teams
became too heated.
The report indicates there was unnecessary chirping at the referee's decisions,
and it reached boiling point ten minutes into the second half when a try was
awarded to Paarl Gym, which appeared to contain multiple infringements during
Wynberg players reportedly protested the awarding of the try, with a
retreating Paarl player then responding by saying something offensive, which
upset the Wynberg team, who then refused to move behind the tryline to allow
the conversion to take place.
At this point, a Wynberg parent got involved, telling the team to move behind
the posts. But the parent was then informed by one of the players that a Paarl
player had used racist language. The parent then went up to the referee to
suggest that the game be terminated.
The matter is set to go under investigation, with both schools working together
in the investigation.
Paarl Gymnasium's headmaster, Eddie Bateman, said racism is not tolerated at
his school and should anyone be found guilty there will be consequences.
"If the investigation reveals that action needs to be taken, this will be
undertaken forthwith. It is of utmost importance to note that Paarl Gym
condemns any form of racism. Racism is diametrically opposed to the value
system of the school," said Batemam.
His contemporary at Wynberg, Keith Richardson, felt the issue was blown out of
proportion on social media.
"This was an U16 match, so these boys are just 15. All of us made mistakes
when we were that age. It's vital that they learn from this incident. We need
to teach them what happened was wrong and lead them on to the right path,"