Inequality in SA sport: ANCYL

2013-02-23 16:38

Johannesburg - The recent bail hearing of paralympian Oscar Pistorius has highlighted the inequality within the sporting fraternity and society, the ANC Youth League said on Saturday.

"While the country continues to mourn the life of Reeva Steenkamp and is kept focused on the unfolding events in the court, one would have to be blind to miss the privilege and wealth of Pistorius that is a consistent undertone running throughout the hearing," spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said.

She said it was evident through his assets confirmed by the court, the preferential treatment he received by being kept at the Brooklyn police station instead of the prison, and the bail conditions.

These, she said, were consistent with Pistorius's stature as a successful and accomplished sportsman.

"South Africa’s racial history is such that the minority in this country continue to reap the benefits of years of oppression of the black majority through continuing and exclusive access to training facilities, the best coaches, sponsorship deals and many other privileges open only to the white minority and not the black majority."

Sangoni-Khawe said black athletes such as Caster Semenya and Khotso Mokoena were faced with difficult circumstances on a daily basis and could "only dream about the wealth of Pistorius."

When asked if his wealth was not attributed instead to his paralympian status Sangoni-Khawe said: "There are a number of other athletes who also have disabilities. He is not the only one with disabilities".

She said white athletes have support and funding growing up and they still enjoyed this today.

"This inequality is along racial lines and even now business continues to perpetuate that inequality."

She said Pistorius was only an example.

"Business needs to ensure that there is greater equality in how they spread out their sponsorship opportunities among the athletes in this country," Sangoni-Khawe said.

Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home on February 14.

The decision to keep him at the Brooklyn police station was made by Magistrate Desmond Nair on February 15, during Pistorius's first court appearance, when lawyers from both his defence and the State agreed this would allow for consultation over the weekend.

Nair admitted he was concerned it could be seen as preferential treatment, but allowed it ahead of the bail hearing on Monday.

That Friday afternoon NPA spokesperson Medupe Simasiku said despite his global celebrity status Pistorius would not be getting any special treatment behind bars.

"We believe that it is fair for the accused (Pistorius) so that he can meet with his defence (lawyers). It is noted that when the accused is kept at a prison there is no after hours visit, whether from the legal team or the family."

The following Friday, February 22, after eight nights in police custody and four days in court Pistoruis's bail application was granted.

Magistrate Desmond Nair granted Pistorius bail of R1m, with severe restrictions on his movement.

Nair ruled that he was not a flight risk, and that the State had not shown that he had a propensity for violence.

Pistorius had to pay R100 000 first, and the rest by March 1.

His bail conditions included that he not be charged with any offence relating to violence against women.

He would not be allowed to return to Silver Woods country estate, the scene of the shooting; he has to surrender his passports; he cannot apply for travel documents; he must report to the Brooklyn police station on Mondays and Fridays at set times; and he can't take banned substances or alcohol.

He will live at an address not publicly disclosed, among other conditions.

The matter was postponed until June 4.


  • Kobus Hattingh - 2013-02-23 16:52

    Why try and turn this unfortunate event into a race issue again?

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-02-25 19:08

      Ha ha did she forget about Zuma's corruption case that just disappeared? Or Shabir etc!! Its tough to see anything if youre already blinded by something else!!

      Edwin Ian Jay - 2013-03-10 16:28

      It is becoming evident that whenever ANCYL open their mouths they speak rubbish. They truly have nothing worthy to offer society anymore. What a disgrace.

  • phuti.hlabane - 2013-02-23 16:56

    Who r this fools,who sucks Zumas arse?

  • andre.krige - 2013-02-23 16:57

    So must international sponsors now attach BEE requirements to endorsements ? No logic with these statements ANCYL... I think your naive followers will even see through this feeble attempt at making noise.

      Lian.Smit - 2013-02-23 17:28

      @Ray. Please do yourself a favour and get rid of the chip on your shoulder.

      Dazza22 - 2013-02-23 18:17

      Job reservation?? Is that not BEE??

      carol.paterson.923 - 2013-02-23 18:30

      @ Ray, stop stuttering or shut up. Your were probably not even born during this era, so get a life or crawl back under the rock from whence you came.

      wierook.payne - 2013-02-23 18:31

      @ ray molekoa: are you retarded? Spamming will not strengthen the point you are failing to make. And as for your inequalities ranting, the only inequalities in South Africa are the preference black citizens receive over the 3 minority races.

      leon.devilliers.9 - 2013-02-23 21:47

      Ray-------so many sperm cells .. and yours had to take..

  • ruaan.gijben - 2013-02-23 16:57

    How on earth do these idiots now come to this conclusion! Really!!

  • peter.horn.3576 - 2013-02-23 16:58

    Khusela. go and tend to the cattle! Wait....... if you have cattle and I don't have then this inequality thing needs to be addressed at the highest level!!!

  • Frank da Silva - 2013-02-23 17:00

    I agree, dont blame it on people like Oscar .Too much corruption in the goverment may be to be blamed!

  • Allan Rosenberg - 2013-02-23 17:01

    Here we go again. South Africans crying how equal opportunity doesn't exist in sport. When you are the best in the world in your sport, you get sponsored and that's the long and the short of it so put away the tissues. A large majority of South Africans play soccer. I recall quite a few players having joined international clubs and earning 7 figure salaries. Keep it up because we do have equal opportunity as proven.

  • karen.rubidge - 2013-02-23 17:02

    It's like "oh, okay, what racist drivel can I pump out today? I am still waiting for an ANCYL "elitist" comment on their esteemed tax evader....what's his name again?

      joe.smit.549 - 2013-02-23 20:16

      Taxdodgingfraudandcorruptionartist I think....

  • phuphudlelwe.vukayilahle - 2013-02-23 17:03

    I am not ancyl fan,but everytime when they open their traps i do always fell ashamed to be black although im proud to be black.

      jakkie.jvr - 2013-02-23 17:23

      You have nothing to be ashamed of, we just need to stand together against people like the above Me. Sangoni Khawe or any other racist (Black/White/Coloured/Indian) that is trying to divide South Africans from each other...

      Dumblabrat - 2013-02-23 17:59

      Indeed - you are so right that they are an embarrassment - almost like our Police Force this week!

  • jakkie.jvr - 2013-02-23 17:04

    It is unbelievable that someone like this is allowed to speak to the media. You Me. Khusela Sangoni Khawe is nothing but a blatant racist that are experiencing more privileges than most black and white people can ever hope for. Apart from the recent tragic deed where he might have thrown it all away, Oscar had to work incredibly hard to overcome adversity and prejudice (Not sure whether you noticed his prosthetic limbs?) . His assets came from his sponsorships which he worked for, most probably...unlike you. May we never hear from this pathetic racist again...

      nadia.bouwer - 2013-02-23 17:19

      I agree with you. And unlike Malema that became rich through corruption, oscar worked hard for his money. maybe the ANCYL must not throw stones......

  • sponono.sangwana - 2013-02-23 17:04

    Everyone who commented above just shows how South Africa is stuck with the stupid youth and adults. You sound jut like the ANC and the ANCYL.

      Sarel Brits - 2013-02-23 17:30

      Agreed!! This article and your comments are proof of how stupid the majority of people is in SA

  • Trudy Van Der Riet - 2013-02-23 17:06

    so someone overcomes an adversity of not having legs, commits their life to a running career and it's called preferential treatment? Sleeps on the floor in a police station holding cell for 7 nights, and again its called preferential treatment?

      WILLIAM2012 - 2013-02-23 17:44

      Trudy, Take no notice of them and there simple comments.

      Dumblabrat - 2013-02-23 17:58

      Makes one wonder why ever happened to the "woman" from the ANC Women's League who was incited for Stompie' death.... Did she even get to be arrested?

      Trudy Van Der Riet - 2013-02-23 18:20

      The only people who gets preferential treatment in this country are those who are friends of the ANC

  • Smart Peace - 2013-02-23 17:06

    they should watch out running their mouth too wide lest they get flushed down the drain just like their former leader

  • mars.goldshtein - 2013-02-23 17:11

    Does anyone even listen to the ANCYL's BS anymore?

  • jadekel - 2013-02-23 17:13

    Seriously! Just the fact that this article is up for the world to read, shows the inequality "white / coloured / Indian" people face on a daily basis in South Africa! Majority why don't you go out and work for what want and stop using apartheid and race as an excuse!

  • michael.mckinon.1 - 2013-02-23 17:14

    There you go make it a ace issue, I tell you what put a BEE runner on the track and let him run against the other fast runners ....... Who you going to bride to run slower so your BEE runner can win...... The Oscar issue has nothing to do with black and white ...... dumb asses!!!!!!!!,

  • bpaschke - 2013-02-23 17:14

    These oaks are just f'ckin stupid ..... And that right there is not a 'racist' comment... It's FACT!!

  • frans.naude - 2013-02-23 17:17

    And did zuma or malema sit in a jail.... They didnt even make it to the police station!! Nether did allot of ppl murdering 80 year old farmworkers! So, up your ancwl!

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2013-02-23 23:14

      zama, do not think any of your wishes will happen, especially the the last one. Just look at how the anc is fighting among themselves.

  • Annelise Van Der Schyff - 2013-02-23 17:19


  • leedsunitedfc - 2013-02-23 17:20

    Hahahahahah ah man you have to be so stupid to think like that

  • michael.mckinon.1 - 2013-02-23 17:23

    You expect everything to be laid on a plate for you .... oh I forgot it's an apartheid thing that Oscar was born with no legs, made a plan to solve his problem and happens to run very fast ...... Forgive us for being so stuffing stupid!!!!?.

  • johanvr83 - 2013-02-23 17:24

    Funny how black people in this country look past the fact that their own government are causing the under-development in the black economy. Nothing is said about the Ramaphosas and the Zumas who have accumalated wealth from corrupt fellow white south africans.

      jakkie.jvr - 2013-02-23 17:27

      Hi Johan, not Black people...the ANC and it's chronies. It is surprising and encouraging to see how many of our fellow Black citizens are also getting fed up with the ANC's Divide and Rule nonsense...

      phuphudlelwe.vukayilahle - 2013-02-23 17:46

      @johanvr8,you can not understand how i do feel to work together with other SA nationalities side by side not only for our own betternes but also for our own future generation,but its so unfortunatley this ANC is giving my skin a very bad reputation.

  • - 2013-02-23 17:24

    The ANCYL are a bunch of pathetic black racists. They are also stupid.

  • lioneldelange - 2013-02-23 17:25

    Dumb idiot. Go and chop a couple of black peoples legs off and let them do what Oscar has done. I'm sure they will also get the fame and fortune.

  • Shaz10 - 2013-02-23 17:26

    It doesn't matter what, where, when or how, the fact is that the ANC, ANCWL and the current SA government will ALWAYS bring racism to the forefront. That's all they have to fall back on and 100 years can go by and they'll still be singing the same sad and boring can people get. The ANCWL clearly used the Pistorius case to boost publicity for themselves - just a pity they don't show up at every abuse case in SA!!

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2013-02-23 23:18

      The anc is protecting us. Ha!! Tell that to the farmers. If anyone is a fool, it is obviously you!

  • Andrew Worrall - 2013-02-23 17:28

    Ja not enough whiteys in Bafana

      Kaapse Skollie - 2013-02-23 17:39

      Not enough whiteys playing soccer (in SA).

      Andrew Worrall - 2013-02-23 17:44

      Because they know they won't be picked so they playing overseas

      Kaapse Skollie - 2013-02-23 18:23

      Name 5 good white SA players anywhere in the world.

      Kaapse Skollie - 2013-02-23 18:30

      Sorry, let's make it easier. Name 3 good white SA players.

  • Arilyn Van Aswegen - 2013-02-23 17:30

    OMW..... Here we go again. Why is everything turned into a racial arguement. Get a life ANCYL, go ask your President how come he got preferential treatment and then of course we have Malema.... Enough said.

  • Julien Afonso - 2013-02-23 17:33

    What a bunch of losers•jeaousy makes you nasty•

  • WILLIAM2012 - 2013-02-23 17:33

    oh, the a.n.c.y.l, again, please get back in your box's you bunch of racist prick's!!!!!

  • Insanity Rulesall - 2013-02-23 17:33

    While I hope that murderer pistorius gets what's coming to him..I also, maybe even more, hope that these morons get a boot of the public platform..that was probably one of the stupidest things I have ever read..makes you wonder what kind of logic some people in this country have..youth league?? Hehehe..

      Charlene Bruyns - 2013-02-23 17:38

      They still have Malema logic, in other words,stuff all. Bunch of morons, they just sit there like vultures waiting to stick their fingers in the pie.

  • Theo Jurisprudence Jackson MP - 2013-02-23 17:34

    I am praying that the judiciary and the executive branches of government are up-help!!![Our country should learn to not interrupt highly documented legal stories, especially when still in progress]

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2013-02-23 17:34

    Big sponsors are only interested in people who have some personality to speak of, they are not interested in oxygen thieves

      WILLIAM2012 - 2013-02-23 18:12

      Esther, you are a lady after my own heart!!! tell them girl!!!!!!

  • Babalwa James - 2013-02-23 17:34

    Seriously are we ever gonna get over racism in this pathetic!!!

      WILLIAM2012 - 2013-02-23 18:09


  • Sarel Brits - 2013-02-23 17:36

    LOL Say the organisation that has its former President's assets being Nationalised by SARS!! At least Oscar worked for his money and paid his tax.

  • bryan.bartle.3 - 2013-02-23 17:41

    Trust the anc's lapdog, I mean the ancyl to turn it into a racial issue. Pathetic!

  • Rampant - 2013-02-23 17:45

    The merit of the stupidity of the ancyl. Could they care to comment on malema's ill gotten wealth?

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-02-23 17:45

    It's easier to blame the past than to acknowledge the current incompetence of the ANC and its cadres!

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-02-23 17:45

    When things dont go your way you squeal like stuck pigs, one is having his property sequestrated he dont squeal no more, instead of getting on with life and proving to the world you can do it in sport you have to find an excuse for your inability to excel.

  • KCorsar - 2013-02-23 17:46

    yeah, whatever......

  • craig.thom.376 - 2013-02-23 17:47

    For goodness sakes what bollocks,he would be unique if he was from any country,the youth league really need to get out from underneath there mushroom

  • Adrian van der Merwe - 2013-02-23 17:47

    Jackie Selebi got off very light in view how corrupt he was!

  • dedreiv - 2013-02-23 17:49

    What!?!?!? Seriously?? This is rediculous...its not about your bloody skin colour! Its about how hard you as parents are willing to work to give your children the best life they could possibly have, and if you then end up in the position where you can fund their sports untill the point where they are good enough to get sponsors to take over, then so be it! Im probably the least racist person from my era but for goodness sake, whites dont get support coz they are white, just as blacks dont get homes just coz they are black! Oscar's money is honestly hard earned money from the companies he works for, its not a government fund!!!!! Get over the racist thing!!!!!

  • elkita.robbertse.96 - 2013-02-23 17:49

    Look at the bafan bafana dumb team and you will know why.They never win because there is no brains in the team.Race has got nothing to do with it.

      luandrn.vanvuuren - 2013-02-23 23:01

      i dont get it.. the boks win most of ther matches.. but i gues thats coz they got favored cause ther white, right..?

  • @nxusanifezile - 2013-02-23 17:51

    Mhmmmmm!!!!I'm the new pope and I'm black!!!!

  • Stefan Alberts - 2013-02-23 17:52

    Madam spokesperson - I think your an idiot!!!

  • gerald.yapp - 2013-02-23 17:54

    ANCYL stupidity is unlimited.

  • Charlene Bruyns - 2013-02-23 17:54

    Whenever a situation arises where they are can have a go at anything accomplished by someone other than a black person they always pull out the race card. FFS! ANC, ANCYL, ANCWL get a damn grip, such vultures, you want everything for free. Go work for your money! There's MANY successful, rich black people. Go ask them how they got their wealth, the WORKED for it, they didn't sit around waiting to point fingers at the rich white guy and then insisted he gives it all to them.

  • Abdulcarrim Essa - 2013-02-23 17:54

    I cant take this rubbish anymore . i hope my australian visa comes through quickly.

  • Dumblabrat - 2013-02-23 17:56

    Time for these ANCYL morons to grow up, get a life and stop whining! Enough already and if they loo around themselves they will see the likes of their ex-president who stole and defrauded his way into R16mill worth if debt with SARS! Guess that is also the whites fault?

  • Llewellyn Arendse - 2013-02-23 17:56

    what the hel does the ancyl do, what is the job of a ancyl member. There are so much more they can do for the young but they keep on talking like fools. Do they have any program to help teenages get off drug, do they help prevent young girls from getting baby's, no they don't, all they do is talk k... And waste tax and lotto money.