Mbalula: Sport under scrutiny

2012-06-08 18:20

Cape Town - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula warned sports federations on Friday that they were being watched "with an eagle eye" to ensure transformation was taking place.

"Everyone must know Big Brother is watching and no one is going to escape this thing," he told reporters in Cape Town after the first meeting of the Eminent Persons Group on Transformation in SA.

"Sport must be enjoyed by everyone. In 10 to 20 years time, I'm hoping it will never be necessary to raise the issue of representation again."

The newly-formed transformation commission would be responsible for analysing gaps in all sporting codes and making sure a quota system, agreed to at the National Sport and Recreation Indaba, was implemented.

Mbalula said the country had inherited federations that had been run as "cartels and fiefdoms", where governance and accountability were foreign principles.

He had tasked chairman Somadoda Fikeni and his deputy Ria Ledwaba with changing this situation. They would report back to the department every quarter to "name and shame" those who blatantly defied progression.

The commission would also keep an eye on government.

"School sport is a bedrock of what government must achieve... We live in a country where, out of 100 students coming out of the disadvantaged schooling system, only one will progress to high performance sport."

Mbalula said it was time for the country to move past academic debates on transformation and begin acting.

"Let us open this Pandora's box together. Let us open this can of worms together. Let us open this wound before it is septic as a team. However, remember what we undo together must be restored to its former glory or improved by us, together."

The other members of the commission are Sam Ramsamy, Marion Keim Lees, Silas Nkanunu, Tim Noakes, Nomfanelo Magwentshu, Willie Basson and Qondisa Ngwenya.


  • michael.vanwyk.944 - 2012-06-08 18:39

    Great news Minister Mbalula. Please start with South African Rugby. HM I hope you take note otherwise you in sh$t.

      Jean - 2012-06-08 19:05

      Ag hou jou bek...

      Christopher - 2012-06-08 20:10

      Vanwyk...Jy is n do*s, as ek verstann wat jy bedoel!

      Layton Beukes - 2012-06-09 09:02

      fire vi HM! hy is n rasis!

      antin.herinck - 2012-06-09 22:21

      Yeah, great, ne? So at long last we'll see a representative quotum of whities in Bafana Banana. If you can find losers who are prepared to swallow their pride of course.

  • Tax - 2012-06-08 18:44

    They cannot compete on a level playing field even though they outnumber us 10 to 1 they want a quota system. How pathetic.

  • hein.venter.50 - 2012-06-08 18:48

    "School sport is a bedrock of what government must achieve... " Mbalula has hit the nail on the head... but the failure at school level cannot be blamed on Sports Federations. Education Departments that are directly under government control must accept full responsibility for failures at school level. The sooner that the failures are addressed at school level and by Education Departments (as opposed to blaming Sports Federations), the sooner we might make progress and allow all the kids fair opportunities to participate and excel.

  • Jean - 2012-06-08 18:55

    So instead of coming up with this nonsense, the gov has completely ignore the progress, hard work and dedication of women's hockey team. But then again pride means nothing to the gov, just race race race!!!!

  • NguVala - 2012-06-08 19:03

    Mr Minister: thank you again for reminding us that we still have a lot of work ahead of us. I think a lot of people forgot that there are injustices of the past to address. The \Blue Boks\ should be number 1. Grassroots development has to be the focus as this is the long-term plan. A lot of people will talk about \equality\ but have little comprehension of what this means. Thank you again Mr Minister - you're developing into a leader all young people of SA can be proud of

      Jean - 2012-06-08 19:22

      Definition of equality to your kind... 90% black and 10% whatever race... But yet again no comments are ever made about how many black players there are in football... typical of double standards. Lack of pride is astounding amongst anc individuals (including supporters!)

      michael.vanwyk.944 - 2012-06-08 20:27

      @NguVala. Jean don't be oblivious to the fact that the bench for the first test is all whities. If HM took the job on promises from OH and kie he is in for a rude awakening. OH has reach his sellby date at SARU. He must go along with PJ and I'm the so called selectors who does not represent rugby in its entirety!!!

      NguVala - 2012-06-09 01:44

      @Jean: the fact that you use statements like \to your kind\ clearly shows the need for transformation. There have been 17 - 18 years of democracy and in that time many things have changed but it is nowhere close to achieving the freedom our forefathers faught for - A non-racial society with equal opportunities. There is no need to get overly emotional about this but I understand your frustrations but I really think we should all be receptive to facts about our country's direction. This country needs people to pull in the same direction and tolerate one another. Yes; grassroot development should be a priority but with long-term benefits. The question is, what do we do in the short-term? I do not see you coming up with alternatives but you just undermine and disrespect...

      Jean - 2012-06-09 02:05

      You can't influence sport, there is no way, no how... If you want a black, blue, brown person in a team then they should earn it by working hard. And fiy, I'm just saying how it is, if you feel offended that's your problem but to say that we must change sport from white to black is just plain dumb, I would say the other way around as well but there is never problems when the team consists of almost just black players so trust me no high emotions here, I'm just stating what's going on in this double standards, zero pride, racist country.

      martin.gardner.923 - 2012-06-09 03:16

      Look at our 'World Beating' soccer team, count with me: 1 black, 2 black , 3 black, FOUR. scratch... scratch... my head - Oh wait.... there are no whites, what a surprise. Imagine being a white soccer player and being holed up with 10 other blacks in a bus, damn, deodorant!

      NguVala - 2012-06-09 06:19

      @Jean - its funny how you didn't see this country as racist before 1994. There is a system in place and I asked you for alternatives but again, you cannot. I wonder who's the racists mow!!

      Jean - 2012-06-09 06:49

      Ag shame, using apartheid again, but let me tell you, I was in diapers when I just scraped a few years of apartheid and grew up with the new flag, new anthem and new SA so sadly you can't use your apartheid cr@p on me. also I said you can't influence sport and you can't expect a black or white guy to be put in a team just cos they are a certain color since the only way you can get into a team is hard work and dedication so for you to say sport must change is wrong, rugby isn't huge amongst blacks and football not huge amongst whites but now we should change (rugby cos football team is perfect apparently) cos we don't like the color of the team... If you think this is right then it just proves how your kind always wants the easy way, once again!

      NguVala - 2012-06-09 07:45

      @Jean - I simply appreciate this dialogue and I think we might be the same age, if what you say is true. \r\nHaving said that; I expect a national team to be picked on merit and regardless of colour. Where I think you do not understand transformation is that you think it applies to national teams. FYI - there are a lot of \black\ rugby and cricket players around the country. All you need to do is open your eyes, go to the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, etc. Maybe where you live there aren't that many but you need to look at it from a national innitiative angle. As for apartheid - for over 100 years this type of system was in place and a select number of people could enjoy education, resources, etc. My point is - no matter what we all think, these innitiatives a la Transformation are here to stay and they are needed.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-06-08 19:11

    Dear Mr Mbalula, If your colleagues in government were to spend correctly on the underpriviledged schools, you would have more pupils playing more sport because they would have the facilities to do so. It is a fact that at the under-priviledged schools in the rural areas, there is little of no formal sporting activities. Most of the boys tend to want to kick a ball around as football the one sport that those young boys can identify with. If you took the time to go to almost any primary school in the main centres on a Saturday morning, you will find a mixture of children of all races happily playing (with pride) a multitude of sports from rugby to tennis, hockey and football amongst others. It is a fact that black South African boys tend to prefer football whilst white ones prefer rugby and your veiled threat is really aimed at the rugby fraternity as most other sports have transformed (especially at school level) In fact, my former school cannot field a competitive rugby side any more because the boys prefer football and hockey even though there are adequate facilities and coaches and a totally non-racial school ethic with more black kids than white! It is YOUR fault that kids are not getting to the top echelons of the various sports, not the schools. .

  • mzuvukile.mati.1 - 2012-06-08 19:21

    Can't wait for a transformed Bafana team..half white,half's time we start winning again...Our Soccer is poor!!!We need white boertjies in our Bafana team!!!!!!

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-06-08 19:22

    Racist idiot. It's pity they can't scrutinise the incompetence and corruption in our septic government and their cronies...

  • Philip Buys - 2012-06-08 20:00

    The procedure in this country is to destroy everything in the name of transformation. Apply racism to get the nobodies into the game, make an ass of everybody involved, steal a lot of money that way, blame the apartheid regime for the f**kup, and walk away. Look at athletics sa for example. Sad,sad!

  • hoogwater - 2012-06-08 20:07

    Keep an eye out....

  • Christopher - 2012-06-08 20:09

    oh? transformation...not corruption?! ok...let corruption prevail as*!

  • attie - 2012-06-08 20:55

    Great! Ten maybe we can see some white faces in the pitch black soccer team, you racist bastard!

  • Moses - 2012-06-08 21:08

    Agree....but lets look at all sports fairly and not just scruitinize rugby and cricket all the time. Soccer has the most potential for growth with sponsorship and numbers who actually play it. Yet we have been underachieving since 1996. Forget about all the idiotic mistakes made by SAFA in the last 15 years or so, I just want to ask : Why has Gordan Ingesund never been given the bafana coaching post? Sono, Mashaba, Pitso etc have all been given the task yet there is no SA coach more suitably qualified than Ingesund!! Even now when it is so obvious that he should take over after his miracles with Swallows....SAFA goes ahead and advertises the position. This is a real case of racisim to me because to most people in SA it is a no brainer. Lets see some real transformation in SA soccer than I will take your message more seriously minister........

  • Pat - 2012-06-08 22:26

    You can see he comes from the ancyl. Big mouth and sh@t for brain idiotic swine

  • Coetzee Swanepoel - 2012-06-08 22:55

    Self respect is something that cannot be transformed. Pride is a culture. I do not see any young people playing rugby in townships. Surely this cannot be as a result of prior injustice (a.k.a. Apartheid)? Soccer is part of people's culture and heritage. But so is rugby .... Please focus on developing a winning culture that will lead to a lot of pride and nation building? I would love to see Bafana Bafana become a word class soccer team! I would also like the Boks to become world champs again. Heritage and culture derives from self respect.

  • Marvin.ThomasSA - 2012-06-08 23:01

    All I hear about is transformation in rugby and cricket, so called \white sports\. I wana know how many white players do you see in soccer here in SA.. In the premier league and the national team. If transformation has to happen soccer has to be included!

  • Raymond - 2012-06-08 23:57

    Its not about transformation. They just want what you got, if you are white. If it is not free they take using unjust racist laws, or steal.

  • ravenscroft2 - 2012-06-09 00:04

    Today in the UK they had a specific day put aside for everyone to go start at the roots in any sport. Clubs etc all opened their doors ... isn't this what we should be aspiring to do and then make sure the best rise to the top ...

  • - 2012-06-09 03:19

    It is quite disingenuous of the minister to shift the responsibility of transformation onto sports bodies. No, mr minister it is your job to transform the minds of the children and their parents and the school teachers so that active participation in sport increases. Do your job and stop pointing your chubby finger at sports bodies.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-06-09 08:00

    Somewhere in the bundus certain schools does not have all the facilities necessiated by all the sporting codes in the country, some has because of the lagacy. The few priviledged black kids going to these schools are starting to benefit, while some racists still denies them opportunities to train. Some of you are condoning the separate amendment activities. It starts with people like Mbalula to create passion for the sports and facilities. Its a good thing not for you old folks, but the next generations.

  • k.tlokotsi - 2012-06-09 14:18

    National teams need to have the suited players and coaches, simply implementing transformation at national level sport is impractical. Sport participation at this level should be based purely on merit. BEE has no place in sport and being in the sports industry myself i feel it is a gross violation to exclude anyone from any team based on their skin colour or background and transformation at top level sport will lead to better players being exluded because of a quouta system. If our minister really wants to transform sports participation amoung the black community, attention should be focused on grass roots development of sport and harnessing the talent from there. Simply trying to fill a quouta is short sighted and very impractical in the long run. Our rugby and cricket are among the best teams in the world and that is because the peolpe that are there deserve to be there. I wish i could say the same for our football. I don't see anything on a racial basis and i fully support hiring people who have the capacity to do the job; having said that, why has Gordon Igesund or Gavin Hunt ever been given the reigns @ bafana when they have done more than prove their worth at their clubs? I just feel that government shouldn't be 1 sided in their efforts but sadly a lot of our policies send out that message. The sooner the govenment realises that SA is a melting pot for different types of people the better and that freedom for all means just that freedom for all (not selective)

  • antin.herinck - 2012-06-09 22:44

    The problem with AA in sport is that you cannot spin scores. In the public and private sector the ANC can come with a truckload of rhetoric of "addressing the injustices of the past", blah, blah. And then, if you point out that it don't work out because our AA appointments fail badly, at an astonishing rate -you are admonished for being a "racist". Now it works a little differently in sports. There we have this nasty and iniquitous system of "keeping scores". Nobody has to point out anything -it's right in their faces. So either it's merit-based, -or it's being visibly hamstrung by "AA in sports". Mbalula, does not like that. But neither does he do enough to tackle the problems where it starts: at primary and secondary school level. There the ball is in his court only, and he even knows that without addressing this, all else will fail. If they tend to sink, forget about them representing SA in the 200 m freestyle. Simple. Tough Mbalula, deal with it and do what you can to improve matters -instead of your pathetic finger-wagging. The initiative to systemically address shortcomings, seems good. But talk of "Big Brother", waving you stick is not on.

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