Cape Town - The ANC have distanced themselves from remarks made by Strike Ralegoma, in which he called for the Springbok emblem to be removed from the national rugby team's jersey.
Ralegoma asked for the Springbok's removal during Tuesday's meeting of South Africa's parliamentary portfolio committee on sport and recreation.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the ANC stated that Ralegoma's views were not those of the party.
The release read:
The African National Congress has noted the remarks attributed to ANC Member of Parliament and Member of the Portfolio Committee on Sports, Comrade Strike Ralegoma, calling for the emblem of the National Rugby Team, the Springbok, to be changed. His remarks are not derived from a policy position of the ANC. Accordingly , the ANC distances itself from the remarks made by Comrade Strike Ralegoma.