Cape Town - The
South African rugby fraternity has thrown its weight behind the Anti-Racism
Week with all Vodacom Super Rugby teams in action locally this weekend and will
wear yellow armbands to show their support for the campaign.
initiative stems from the sporadic and unfortunate incidents of racism in South
Africa, with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation
joining forces with 80 civil society organisations to form the Anti-Racism
Network of South Africa (ARNSA).
been approached by ARNSA to participate in the Anti-Racism Week, which started
on March 14 and will culminate on Human Rights Day on March 21. As a sport who
prides itself on having the power to unite our nation, we’ve gladly accepted,”
said SA Rugby President, Oregan Hoskins.
Rugby fully embraces this initiative from ARNSA, and we firmly believe that the
unity of the Rainbow Nation can and will overtake and eradicate the stubborn
fog of racism.
remain committed to non-racial sport and embrace diversity and racial
reconciliation. We strongly condemn racism in all forms and wish to emphasise
that it has no place in rugby and our beautiful country.”
Vodacom Super Rugby matches are scheduled to take place this weekend in South
Africa. The local action kicks off with two derbies, on Friday evening in
Pretoria, where the Vodacom Bulls host the Sharks (19:00), and on
Saturday in Johannesburg, where the Lions will host the Cheetahs (17:05).
final match of the weekend is in Cape Town between the Stormers and the
Brumbies on Saturday (19:15).
Earlier on Saturday, the Southern Kings kick off
their New Zealand tour with a match against the Crusaders in Christchurch
(08:35).For more information,
please visit www.arnsa.org.za