ANC demands more cricket transformation

2015-03-31 11:45

Cape Town - The ANC has demanded greater transformation of the South African cricket team, while a storm swirls around selection decisions for last week’s Cricket World Cup semi-final, The Witness reports.

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Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, speaking after the National Executive Committee meeting, “heartily congratulated” the Proteas, but added: “Cricket South Africa must, however, urgently address the issue of transformation. The only African in the squad, Aaron Phangiso, was also the only player who did not get game time during the whole tournament.”

It has been alleged since the Proteas went down in a tight match to New Zealand that there was political pressure to pick seamer Vernon Philander, returning from injury, over Kyle Abbott for the crucial match.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula denied any involvement. “Selection for any of our national teams has nothing to do with the minister. The minister has no space to decide who is chosen or not chosen,” he said.

At the weekend, Mbalula said allegations that he tries to influence selection are made by “apartheid apologists, a small group of dying dinosaurs”.

“We won’t be discouraged by their petulance,” he said.

During the tournament, Mbalula was a fiery supporter of the Proteas, tweeting during the semi-final: “Moer them AB!!! (sic)” and “And here comes Dale Steyn, faster than the Gautrain. Steyn Remover”.

He called on the public not to pay attention to “unfounded allegations” and to continue supporting the team.

Freedom Front Plus MP Anton Alberts said it was truly disheartening that an outstanding player like Philander had landed in the middle of distastefulness caused by the ANC government’s “questionable policy of sports quotas”.

“He’s a young man and an incident like this could have a big influence on his future as a sportsman. But the same could be said for Abbott. Quotas drive upcoming stars out of the country and destroy their dreams.”

Last week, Parliament’s sports portfolio committee lambasted the SA Rugby Union over perceived slow transformation.

The Witness

  • Trevor - 2015-03-31 11:52

    Ab and crew should take their trade abroad. Make money as there is no use playing for pride. Pick 11 blacks and Zimbabwe can beat us. This Government is full of it. Sad for Hash and the guys who are there on merit. How can any sports lover in this country support a political team.

      Anton Bischoff - 2015-03-31 11:58

      They don't care as long as they can participate. For years this was their motto around the smaller sporting codes, now they target the bigger ones apart from soccer

      Nhamo Dzenyika - 2015-03-31 12:04

      Look at who is commenting!!

  • Koos Papgooi Hendriks - 2015-03-31 11:55

    you cant force someone to play a sport they dont want to play you idiot!!

      Nick Bozman - 2015-03-31 12:14

      ZANC like to play corruption,at this time they are at the top of their game !

  • lloyd.venske - 2015-03-31 11:55

    Radical transformation required for skydivers, rock climbers and paragliders as well!!

      John van Rensburg - 2015-03-31 12:07

      You forgot swimming, waterpolo and jukskei.

  • Paul Vuma - 2015-03-31 11:55

    The ruling party is on a mission to screw everything up. The solution for transformation is not an overnight process. Lots need to be done at grassroots level, but after that, players must be selected on merit/ability to represent South Africa in all sporting codes...

  • Craig Wilson - 2015-03-31 11:59

    Do it. Do it now. Select 11 Black African players right now and send them to play Australia and India. I can't wait for the result. It will be fun to watch. Some reality checks needed

      Anton Bischoff - 2015-03-31 12:03

      Aus 600+ in 50 overs- proteas 50 all out in 10 overs

      Allan Maurice Levitt - 2015-03-31 12:24

      Test Cricket... South Africa would follow-on, batting first !!!

  • Jaco Burger - 2015-03-31 12:01

    Ah the hell with it. I'll support a country where there isn't political interference. South African Cricket won't get a cent through me.

  • FrancoisFMarais - 2015-03-31 12:02

    the only real influential racists left in this country are the top ANC bra's . They can not govern or fix anything, not Eskom, not Nkandla, not crime, not SAPS, nothing so they turn to Sport to run that to ground to show they can do something, if even only for the sake of change.

  • Gerrit Patroon Nel - 2015-03-31 12:04

    What about the Soccer team?Where is the transformation there.One white player?

      Cecile Frost - 2015-03-31 12:10

      They want SA cricket on the same level as their no good soccer team.

      Cecile Frost - 2015-03-31 12:12

      They want SA cricket on the same level as their no good soccer team.

  • Bruce Roberts - 2015-03-31 12:04

    Give them what they want ......they're f.....n useless And as with all they touch will mess it up up....useless , corrupt , racist idiots !

  • Gordon Jackson - 2015-03-31 12:04

    The only answer to all this racism is to boycott rugby and cricket and go fishing.

      Anton Bischoff - 2015-03-31 12:08

      They will tell you not to catch cat fish

  • Anton Bischoff - 2015-03-31 12:06

    Well if they doo that I can cancel my subs with DSTV top package and save a few bucks every month.

  • Robert Barrie - 2015-03-31 12:07

    Manta she don't even know that a cricket ball is round and bet he never played any soccer - they want to take SA sport same as in Zim where you can't compete against any other team

      Marcel Miggels - 2015-03-31 12:16

      They should have a look at bafana first

  • Richard Payne - 2015-03-31 12:12


      Richard Payne - 2015-03-31 12:23

      Sorry, but the ANC need to stop demanding and actually start DOING something at grassroots level. How about providing cricket facilities in previously disadvantaged communities? How about decent coaching? How about a few cricket clinics with the Proteas? How about more bursaries for promising young black cricketers to attend the best schools? Then, when we get to franchise and national level, selection should be merit-based, finish and klaar. Simply talking about it will accomplish f@#$ all.

      Richard Payne - 2015-03-31 12:29

      Personally, I couldn't care if our team is made up of 11 white Afrikaners, 11 black Africans or 11 Chinese South Africans, FFS!!! Just as long as they are the best 11 players we have, then they must play!

  • Anton de Waal - 2015-03-31 12:12

    The ministry of sport must show us the thousands of sports fields that they have completed in Primary schools so as to cultivate the love of the game (soccer, rugby, cricket,ahletics and swimming)

  • Andrew Robert Slaughter - 2015-03-31 12:13

    Don't demand, just do it! Implement cricket development in schools and initiate local level tournaments. Demanding transformation within the national side is like putting a plaster on a festering wound

  • Johan van Rensburg - 2015-03-31 12:13

    Not only do they destroy the country and the economy but also all sports have to go down the toilet !!!! Time has come to no longer support the national teams !!!! Very very sad !!

  • Nico Steyn - 2015-03-31 12:13

    Privatize and deregulate sports, as it is in other countries. White players should be picked on merit, black players should be picked on merit, and captains are picked on leadership qualities, team status and absolutely on merit. Sport is not a new age feelgoodery, it has winners and it has losers. If you are not the very very best, then you should not get the job. We are just wasting our words, time for whites to stand up for ourselves, we are the ANC punching bag now, lucky they punch like Aunty Mable. Problem is they like to destroy things rather than have them succeed.

  • Mike TheoneAndonly Meets - 2015-03-31 12:14

    White people demand more soccer transformation...

  • Monsternari@hell - 2015-03-31 12:15

    The ANC are like kids demanding everything

  • Kgopotso Phemelo Mongale - 2015-03-31 12:15

    Very valid point.. He is the only one who didn't get game time(not even in group stages).. Why must we overlook our own home brewed talent and choose foreigners over our own?? I for one am not happy with that.. I remember one match where Arsene Wenger didn't pick a single English player.. The crowd at the stadium booed him.. That's what we should do..

      Dayne Olivier - 2015-03-31 12:18

      Who was the foreigner in our Team? All South African citizens.

      Anton Bischoff - 2015-03-31 12:19

      So you agree that participating is better than winning games. Foreigners, did not know that people without SA citizenship can be selected

      Kgopotso Phemelo Mongale - 2015-03-31 12:24

      Imraan might hold South African citizenship but he wasn't born in SA.. Fact!!! Aaron was born and bred in SA.. @Anton. So are you saying if Aaron is selected to play, he is just participating and not out there to compete to be the best?? Why am I not surprised by your comment??

      Sipho IThequota - 2015-03-31 12:28

      ou dont even go to cricket matches.. only a few 100 out of 25 000 + you pus

      Anton Bischoff - 2015-03-31 12:30

      Kgopotso where did I say that!!!!!. I am saying if we start playing second best players then we particpate

      Anton Bischoff - 2015-03-31 12:31

      So if that is your logic then why do we open our borders to Zim Nigerians etc

  • Dayne Olivier - 2015-03-31 12:15

    If this becomes a reality, I will boycott. And so will millions of South Africans, as most of us believe that all should be there on merit, and not based on the colour of their skin. This is racism in reverse. Not transformation. Start at school level, teach them the skills to build their success, rather than giving handouts.

  • Winnie Lesego - 2015-03-31 12:15

    How ANC what's wrong with you?

  • Russell Overend - 2015-03-31 12:15

    Ag shame......poor blackies. ....unable to achieve anything worthwhile so they need legislation and laws to help them against a dwindling minority. * shaking my head*

  • Jeandre' Esterhuizen - 2015-03-31 12:16

    Did these guys go to school or did they just know zuma bunch of idiots that doesn't even have matric but they're the ministers and president what a joke.

  • Ayanda Budaza - 2015-03-31 12:18

    I never hear of our government talking about soccer transformarion....mhhhh...makes me wonder,Hon. Mantashe should also coint the white faces in our national team

      Kerryn Key - 2015-03-31 12:29

      Thank you

  • Kgotlaetsile Mophuti - 2015-03-31 12:18

    This is BS i mean it creates division between players but i would have a problem if there are talented players of colour out there who are being ignored

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  • Mageba - 2015-03-31 12:19

    So far no comment about Phangiso I see...

  • Fred Smith - 2015-03-31 12:19

    In the South African context Transformation = Racism We are seeing more and more of this and it is slowly pulling the country down. In countries such as India, Korea or China, Transformation to uplift communities is also desperately needed but they have to apply more appropriate measures than displacement of racial minorities to achieve their goals.

  • Jacques du PreezSnr - 2015-03-31 12:21

    No problem. Put 11 people from colour as long as they get results

  • Solv Ex - 2015-03-31 12:22

    Jesus,but Phangiso could have taken more wickets than Dummy

  • Ayanda Budaza - 2015-03-31 12:23

    Being a black,staunch cricket supporter,I srill feel that Kyke should have been selected ahead of Vernon for the semi-final,Gwede n his supporters should stop looking at the colour,but the qualitt of the players,address this issue at schook level first before attacking the national selectors

  • Colin Lyall - 2015-03-31 12:23

    I've been saying it for a while now - It's time for international teams to boycott SA again. They did it before, why not now?

  • Joshwin Maharaj - 2015-03-31 12:25

    Why cant we just pick the best XI in our country regardless of race? Is it that hard to do?

  • Watkykj - 2015-03-31 12:27

    Hahaha wow, like a whinging child the ANC. I can't wait for the day till handouts backfire. The ANC are teaching a culture of handouts. If people don't earn their positions in a team and know that they dont have to work for it, they will never excel because they will never need to try. This same principle that apies on the sport field, applies in the work place. Any one that's naive enough to think whites were simply given anything, think again. We had to study for degrees for jobs, we had to work hard day, 7 days a week to get farms into the fertile state they are today. We had to work 15 hrs a day, 7 days a week to get our businesses up running. Your entitlement attitude will be your downfall. They you actually have to work for somethin, is the day you are gonna get a big fright. Now this doesn't apply for ALL people. There are alot of people wanting to make a Difference. They are working hard, studying hard and all to better themselves. I salute you.To those with an entitlement attitude, I pity you.

  • Bart Nel - 2015-03-31 12:29

    White South African Clobbered his home nation for a 6 to win fsemi final or New Zeeland..!!! Beautifull..

  • Lee Nolan - 2015-03-31 12:32

    Yeah how about we demand more white players in that pathetic Bafana squad? Hey ANC focus your energy on your soccer and leave our Cricket and Rugby teams alone!! At least they make us proud.....

  • Roy Batty - 2015-03-31 12:33

    I hate to break it to you but you've just played your last Semi-final at a Cricket World Cup. You should now start focusing on beating teams like Ireland, Bangladesh, Scotland, UAE, ZimBOBwe. Forget the rest.

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