Pretoria - Minister Fikile
Mbalula has noted AfriForum and Solidarity's announcement of their intensions to
institute a legal challenge against the Department of Sport and Recreation
South Africa following its pronouncements on transformation.
On April 25 this year, Mbalula received
and released the results of the third Eminent Persons Group (EPG) Report on
Transformation in Sport report.
Subsequently, the minister pronounced punitive
measures and directives on federations that failed to meet their own set
transformation targets for the year 2015/16.
releasing the report Mbalula underlined that these measures are
informed by the urgent task for the sport sector to reconstruct the fragmented
and deeply discriminatory sport and recreation landscape by establishing a
unified sports system that is underpinned by the principles of democracy,
equity, transparency, demographic representation, access and increased
to the threat by AfriForum and Solidarity in a media statement on Wednesday, Mbalula indicated that
those who are rooted in the past will not be pleased by these measures.
threats by the AfriForum and Solidarity are not surprising, they are expected
from groups of backward extremists who masquerade as representatives of the
South African people. These groups do not represent our people or their
interests but are driven by their desire for our country to remain in the past
and fail to embrace a future we envision and seek to build through the measures
we have put in place.
equity and redress are the tenants of our Constitution, AfriForum and Solidarity
stand for the extreme opposite. It is also telling that instead of using the
Constitutional Court route, they have opted for the Labour Court.
group that threatens to challenge the decisions we have made to transform sport
is threatening the future of South Africa. For that reason, the Department of
Sport and Recreation South Africa will defend any challenge by AfriForum and
Solidarity that attempts to slow our transformation trajectory.
freedom loving South Africans must abhor the actions of these racist NGOs
masquerading as advancing minority rights. South Africa is a free country and
all its people must be afforded opportunities cognizant of our
past imbalances,” Minister Fikile Mbalula said.
Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa is yet to receive
correspondence from AfriForum and Solidarity on their intentions. Their
challenge remains a threat that the department is ready to defend.