Gary Player opens up on SONA, Trump

2017-02-14 13:28
Gary Player (Gallo Images)

Monaco - South African golfing great Gary Player has labelled last week's 'parliament punch-up' a "tragedy".

REVEALED: The 1 South African Donald Trump follows on Twitter

President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation (SONA) address was halted when members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were forcefully removed from parliament in Cape Town in one of the more violent scenes to have rocked South African politics in recent memory.

Player, now 81, is in Monaco ahead of the 18th Laureus World Sports Awards and he was not pleased by what he saw unfold.

"I never thought I'd live to see something like that," he said.

"Even if we don't agree with a political system, we still have to have respect and manners. I just think it's a tragedy.

"Everyone all over the world is shocked. They can't believe that your President can be stopped from speaking for more than an hour.

"It's typical of what's happening in the world. There is no law and order in South Africa so why should there be law and order in parliament?"

Turning his attention to America, Player was far more impressed by what he's seeing from their political leaders.

Player revealed that he had received a recent phone call from US President Donald Trump and that the pair shared a good relationship.

"He's trying to bring back the disciplines that America used to have. I'm very impressed. We'll see ... time will tell," Player said.

"America is a land of division now. It used to be 'united we stand' but a lot of the press are separating the people.

"Give the man a chance. We'll know if he's a good President in time. Don't condemn him before. He's only just started."

Read more on:    donal trump  |  gary player  |  golf


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.