Beast not going anywhere

2010-01-12 22:44

John Bishop

Durban - Springbok prop forward Beast Mtawarira will be staying and playing his rugby in Durban this year.

This assurance came from Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl on Tuesday and follows reports that the Zimbabwean loosehead could be deported from South Africa because he is playing in this country as a foreigner.

“We have complied with all the necessary requirements,” Van Zyl said. “He is with us on a skills’ work permit and we have all the necessary paperwork.”

Van Zyl said that Makhenkesi Stofile’s Sports Ministry was in conflict with SA Rugby over Mtawarira.

“But this is certainly not a Sharks matter or our problem,” he added.

Butana Komphela, the combative chairman of the National Assembly sports committee, was again in the headlines on Tuesday when he claimed that the SA Rugby Union would be punished for fielding Mtawarira in the Springbok team last year and that he planned to deport the powerful 24-year-old Zimbabwean.

“The government is going to punish rugby. We are going to charge SA Rugby for fielding a foreign national without proper requirements. We have inquired as to why the Beast is still playing for the Springboks if he is a foreign national in contravention of the laws.”

But Komphela then apparently contradicted himself over the deportation threat when he added that the Beast could continue playing for the Sharks.

“We have no problem with him playing for the Sharks. They keep on renewing his contract, but this doesn’t mean he has acquired citizenship.”

The thorny question of Mtawarira’s availability for the Boks was raised again when the Pakistan spinner Imran Tahir was withdrawn from the South African cricket squad ahead of this week’s fourth and final Test at the Wanderers.

Komphela claimed that Mtawarira should have been withdrawn from the Boks’ overseas tour by SA Rugby late last year. Instead the prop played in two Tests overseas and Komphela said they would now be punished.

SARU president Oregan Hoskins on Tuesday dismissed the allegation that he had broken the law and added that Makhenkesi Stofile had cleared Mtawarira to play.

Hoskins said that he would again meet with the Sports Ministry to clarify the Beast’s position (with the Springboks) and he remained positive the problem could be resolved.

“We are going to try and sway the government to look at this as a special case, which is not unprecedented in other countries,” Hoskins told reporters. “The Beast has been here since just out of school and has given his life to rugby. I am going to make sure I cover every nook and cranny to make sure we comply with the immigration laws of South Africa.”

A senior South African rugby official said yesterday that Stofile and his Sports Ministry officials were at loggerheads with SA Rugby because of the perceived slow rate of transformation at Springbok and Super 14 level and because they feel they feel “the rugby bosses have not done enough to back the Eastern Cape franchise.”

“The fact that Hoskins beat off the challenge of Makhenkesi Stofile’s brother Mike in the race for the SARU presidency last year could well be another reason why rugby has been frequently targeted by the Sports Ministry,” he added.

The Witness

  • Ruan - 2010-01-12 23:38

    ...please give "The Beast" a passport...and a sa i.d.....'cos he's a super-sports star !! Who cares about naturalisation...and immigration lot of bollux !!

  • vusi - 2010-01-13 00:45

    its shame to the south african govement , he has done us south african pround . SHAME SHAME ON YOU.

  • Blue Jake - 2010-01-13 05:48

    I'm glad he's not going anywhere. He is the most overrated rugby player ever. This means some more easy scrums for the Bulls against the Sharks.

  • RRR - 2010-01-13 06:33

    O.K mr. Komphela, Don't let Beast play in your Springbok team, but tell me this??? Which player of colour do you want to put in his place because you complain if the team is to white. Even though he is a coloured player he is the best prop in South Africa and then you want to deport him back to Zim. This make no sense to me!!

  • Owen - 2010-01-13 06:37

    Leave our Beast alone, he is doing a wonderful job, he gets the crowd going, There should be more players like him in rugby, Some of players should follow his foot steps

  • OMG - 2010-01-13 06:45

    Not the Transformation debate again! PLs Man, you cannot field a 45KG malnutritioned oak from the Transkei as prop! plus none of the schools here play rugby, only soccer, they should be transforming that! oh and give schools tonnes of protein shakes....

  • Ricky - 2010-01-13 07:53

    It's funny how Government doesn't have a problem with the appointment of a foreign soccer coach for Bafana, but when a rugby suddenly unearth a talent like Beast, which have been playing rugby in South Africa since 2007, then suddenly they want to punish rugby. Get a life Mr.Komphela!

  • FOTA - 2010-01-13 08:06

    What does Stofile (and his poison dwarf brother) actually do. I hear a lot of noise, but what is the result of their yapping. If they were any good at their jobs, 15 years on there would be no issue with transformation. They would have developed the sports infrastructure to the extent that the latent talent in our 50 million people would be completely exposed. I am involved with water sports and will, this year, have to withdraw our region from a national competition because we cannot satisfy the 30% quota for PDI's. Why?. There are no swimming facilities in black areas. There are no programs to get these kids into training and coaching. Our region has had all the money in the coffers stolen by a bloated "adminstrative team" that could not organise a p#ss up in a brewery. Now the money is gone, amazingly, so are the "administrators" but we are left with a legacy of no way to finance the infrastructure. What a crock. Stofile - shut the f#@% up about one player and do your damn job - DEVELOP the talent in South Africa. The only black kids I get into the ocean are the privately schooled kids who's parents can afford the private tuition. And the few I have are magnificent, medalists almost all. And before someone tells me to do it for charity - that is EXACTLY what I do - it is all voluntary, in all the lifesaving clubs in the country. But help from government - yeah right. We rely on Lotto for funds, which is too little but it does help.

  • Bren - 2010-01-13 08:19

    It is when idiots like Komphela get involved with sports that you get teams that are useless like the fools Banana Banana. ........Komphela why don't you go do something that you are good at like buying a big car or renting big expensive houses this is something youare good at...........SARU give him a nice back hand package I am sure that will make things easier

  • Delan - 2010-01-13 08:36

    aaah well small minded folks are a problem to society Lol...

  • Louis - 2010-01-13 09:06

    Can only be a Blue Bull that's so arrogant!!! This is about the Beast and not about Sharks vs Bulls scrums??? Just remember Sharks where the only team to beat the mighty bulls two in a row in the S14 :2009!!! Hoefully they can get to a point and a valid 1 regarding this matter!! Good Luck BEAST!!!! SA / Shark Supporter

  • Louis - 2010-01-13 09:07

    Can only be a Blue Bull that's so arrogant!!! This is about the Beast and not about Sharks vs Bulls scrums??? Just remember Sharks where the only team to beat the mighty bulls two in a row in the S14 :2009!!! Hoefully they can get to a point and a valid 1 regarding this matter!! Good Luck BEAST!!!! SA / Shark Supporter

  • peter - 2010-01-13 09:13

    Maybe Bafana should start choosing some foreign players maybe then they could actually score a goal... I would also like to know if there is any transformation in soccer? Leave rugby alone you jackass and deal with real issues...

  • Louis - 2010-01-13 09:35

    Agree Peter.. Would love tranformation in the Bafana Bafana team. Blue Jake is the arrogant bull I spoke about earlier!!

  • mike - 2010-01-13 09:41

    Hey guys , i like the beast im a big Bok supporter however Komphela is just keeping to the law , actually he is correct beast can play for club but he is not legal to play for the Boks this is the fact ,,,,,

  • philB - 2010-01-13 12:39

    This is so dumb! The whole idea of transformation is so that sport can grow at grass-roots when kids see people like them representing their country. Now it's not enough that Beast is black he has to be a SA citizen as well. What next Komphela? He has to vote ANC too? This is nothing more than institutionalized Xenaphobia if you ask me?

  • ian - 2010-01-13 15:56

    Should the goverment not put their energy into 18 schools that had a zero percent pass rate to get one atleast one pupil to pass matric? Perhaps Malema and Boeti can go back to schools , perhaps back to school is not correct, perhaps attend is better suited.

  • IAN - 2010-01-13 15:59

    What idiots, The Beast can walk through the fence and I'll pick him up and bring him back to Kings Park.

  • Dawid - 2010-01-13 19:04

    They're just doing this to aggravate us, just like the springbok emblem, and now the bulls colours and this story surrounding the's all just to push our buttons.

  • Ray - 2010-01-13 20:10

    I actually cannot believe how a person would want such a talent deported, does he want him out so a SOUTH AFRICAN of colour can take his me a player of colour in south africa that can match the Beasts talents? Um...NONE. Do you see England questioning Kevin Pieterson about his passport...we definitely don't...Why?...because his talents is far greater than any passport for a country he LOVES to play for. Im sure not one person in South Africa..besides Komphela..can deny the passion and hunger The Beast has when he plays for the springboks...Do yourself a favour Mr Komphela, watch the games against The Lions and re-think your approach. THE BEAST for President

  • Miked - 2010-01-13 21:00

    Whilst I agree with most postings here about "deporting" what must be one of the springbok's great ambassadors, I need to ask a question. Why has SARU not made public their meeting with the sports minister regarding the "Beast" aand his eligibility for the Boks, this smacks of gross incompance /negligence by our more than useless administrators. Someone's head/s must roll for this debacle!!!!!

  • JAMES - 2010-01-14 08:40

    Rather deport the bleddie Nigerians selling drugs on our streets. The Beast is a role model for young black upcoming players showing them that anything is possible.

  • Point Blank - 2010-01-14 10:36

    The question should be why after 15 years we still do not see any rugby development in traditionally black schools? How are black people meant to develop their rugby skill without facilities?? As far as I am concerned Kompela merely highlights his gross incompetence.

  • james - 2010-02-06 13:16

    its an insult to all people of colour to deport the beast on the silly trumps of kompela. we love the man and he is the best so far as i can remember any prop in the country. other countries are ready to snap him at any moment should he leave the springboks

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