Loftus acts against AfriForum

2010-10-04 09:56

Johannesburg  - Loftus Versfeld stadium manager Hugo Kemp reaffirmed on Sunday what the Blue Bulls Company had warned earlier in the week when he commented on AfriForum's alleged attempt to use the venue as a platform to promote their smear campaign against Currie Cup sponsors Absa.

On Wednesday Blue Bulls chief executive Barend van Graan made it clear that the union would not tolerate any form of victimisation, racism, drunkenness or misbehaviour.

And with no recent reports of such incidents, the question was raised why the Bulls had decided to make the statement at that specific juncture.

"This is a pro-active step by us," Van Graan said. "We have had racial incidents in the past and while we are not referring here to a single incident at any match, we know there are from time to time incidents of drunkenness, crude language, racism or victimisation that take place."

On Saturday, AfriForum members were found to be in direct contradiction of what Kemp described as a long-standing policy. Two members of AfriForum Youth were kicked out of Loftus by security guards because they displayed a banner with the words "Sies Absa, ons eis meriete!" ("Sis Absa, we demand merit"). 

"We have a policy at Loftus and if there are any banners that are political, racial, religious or cultural, we take those banners away," said Kemp.

"Loftus is for everybody, we are not choosing sides and we are not saying one side is right and the other is wrong. We have done it before and we will do it again - there is nothing funny about that."

National chairperson of AfriForum Youth, Ernst Roets, one of the men escorted out of the stadium during the match between the Blue Bulls and Western Province, argued that they were within their rights to display their grievances at the game where approximately 35 000 spectators were seated.

"We simply exercised our constitutional rights by taking a stand for what we believe in," Roets said while also complaining about the manner in which they were removed from the premises.

Kemp added that the union would not take any further action.

"We are a sports stadium where people come to enjoy the sport, so if you write a banner with a bit of banter about this team or the other it is part of the atmosphere of the event," said Kemp.

"But we are not a platform for any political, cultural, historical or religious group or a place where people come to make their opinions heard or seen."


  • haha - 2010-10-04 10:15

    Don't talk crap, you are a platform for ABSA.

  • Philip - 2010-10-04 10:15

    Omtrent tyd dat die klomp tappets in toom gehou word. Dalk kan ek weer een van die dae op Loftus rugby kyk want ek het gesweer ek sal nooit weer nie.

  • Juan - 2010-10-04 10:16

    So why does kemp then tolerate absa's poletics.. oh wait.. they have money.

  • Deon Smit - 2010-10-04 10:19

    Even though the WP was robbed I agree with the Loftus management on their policy

  • johan - 2010-10-04 10:23

    It's OK when the rugby unions implement the financial bosses whishes , but when someone voice objection to some dubious political quota system it is met by aggresive respons. Big brother has spoken.

  • Morne - 2010-10-04 10:24

    Well bloody done to the Loftus management.

  • Steve - 2010-10-04 10:24

    i.e. chicken shits...

  • BC - 2010-10-04 10:25

    Well done Loftus, let's keep the politics out. Hopefully the Currie Cup Sponsors will do the same.

  • Anti-ABSA - 2010-10-04 10:25

    Bloemfontein Jou lekker Ding... "Crunch" games like the Lions vs Cheetahs would usually pull the crowds, especially in rugby loving Bloem....but there were plenty, PLENTY empty seats. Ek stem saam Bloemfontein...ABSA se MA Kom Loftus...werk saam, bly tuis, braai, watch die game by die huis.

  • Christopher - 2010-10-04 10:26

    Well done. Let's keep the politics out of sport.

  • henk - 2010-10-04 10:26

    Loftus was maar bra leeg leeg die afgelope naweek en dit vir 'n "clash" teen die wp!! wonder hoeveel minder gaan nou die sirkustent besoek? Ek en vele ander waarvan ek weet gaan beslis nie!

  • Donkipiel - 2010-10-04 10:33

    So sad that everytime we have to deal with trouble-makers. Altyd a klomp houdkoppe will net trouble maak vir almal.

  • Ramos leer Sport - 2010-10-04 10:41

    Jinne my Vrou gaan jy ooit leer ? Die twee onder is soos Sokker balle, die een bo is soos n Rugby bal.... Aaaag sorry least this team is the right colour.

  • Anti-ABSA - 2010-10-04 10:42

    Bloemfontein Jou lekker Ding... "Crunch" games like the Lions vs Cheetahs would usually pull the crowds, especially in rugby loving Bloem....but there were plenty, PLENTY empty seats. Ek stem saam Bloemfontein...ABSA se MA Kom Loftus...werk saam, bly tuis, braai, watch die game by die huis.

  • Kenneth - 2010-10-04 10:45

    Agriforum was protesting against ABSA's interferance in local rugby. The security guards who where acting on behalf of the Blue Bull Rugby Union, stated that the constitution of South Africa had no say in Loftus, only ABSA had a say. This is an out and out disgrace and insult to South African Rugby Fans, who own rugby in south africa. Either the Blue Bulls rugby union should make a statement that they are not controlled by ABSA or any other big business, or they should be immediately suspended from any rugby in South Africa. Let the Fans control the rugby, not big business.

  • His masters Voice - 2010-10-04 10:49

    Kemp and Van Graan - Ramos's pathetic maltese poodles?

  • Juan - 2010-10-04 10:49

    Maybe Kemp hasn't heard of 'freedom of expression' or maybe he's just bending over for absa.

  • Anti-nsa - 2010-10-04 10:50

    BBRU contradicting themselves-they choose sides to be politically correct, thus supporting transformation/quota ABSA who is controlled now by Pro-ANC members. I just wonder why there was only 35 000 spectators? Usually a Bulls/WP game is sold out? Are people gatvol for ANC interference with sport or what?

  • ike - 2010-10-04 10:56

    good on you loftus!

  • James - 2010-10-04 10:56

    Whilst I accept the principle stated by Kemp about not letting the stadium being used for any racial, political, etc ideals, isn't this (inadvertently) exactly what they are doing by allowing ABSA (which has now become synonomous with racism) to display its logo!!!!

  • Springbok - 2010-10-04 10:57

    Too little too late Loftus. As a group of Sharks supporters attending the CC finals at Loftus in 2003 (40-19 loss for Sharks) we were ridiculed, bottles were thrown at us as we were leaving and some even spat in our direction. Bulls supporters are disgusting, vile creatures that belong back in the dark ages.

  • Juan - 2010-10-04 11:01

    People should just stay away from the games. Hit them where it hurts: ticket sales!

  • 35 000 fans my ass - 2010-10-04 11:02

    I was at Loftus saturday and there was no were near 35 000 fans. The stadium was rather empty for a North/South derby. Good let them feel the pain..

  • Pete - 2010-10-04 11:03

    Loftus: Pandering to the ruling elite, I'm voting with my feet and staying home. Braai maar daar saam met vriende.

  • hein Cent - 2010-10-04 11:03

    Absa maak geen geheim daarvan dat hulle transformasie doelwitte eintlik polities is nie. Die kwota stelsel vir spelers en veral skool kinders is n gruwelike euwel in hierdie land . Absa mag homself vertoon op Loftus.Hoe kan dit polities van aard wees as n persoon n bannier vertoon wat vra dat op meriete beoordeel word. Deur die bannier te verwyder skaar julle julself by Absa .

  • Philip - 2010-10-04 11:04

    If they want to clear Loftus of victimisation, racism, drunkenness or misbehaviour there will only be a handful of spectators left!

  • PAULUS DIE BLOU-BUL - 2010-10-04 11:14

    ek het al gesien hoe mense hulle gedra binne die stadion,dit is n plek waar jy jou game rustig & plesierig wil kyk.ek is ook n sekuriteits beampte op bestuursvlak en moet byvoeg dat die sekuritiet wat diens doen is nie ervare opgeleide beamptes nie,rede daarvoor was ek het gesien hoe iemand sy hand in iemand anders se handsak sit en n cellphone uit gehaal het, ek het een beampte genader maar het net weggestap,waar ek die persoon self aan die Polisie oorhandig het,want die persoon wou nie saak maak nie.die Polisie het dadelik ontslae geraak van die pprobleem.ek voel bly dat die bestuur dai stap volg want as daar nie reels is gaan die remoer nie stop nie.So pas-op daar is n Loer-Broer wat sy diens beskikbaar sit om n veilige Loftus Versveld vir almal te maak.

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  • Jack - 2010-10-04 11:15

    I don't know of any smear campaign against ABSA.

  • E - 2010-10-04 11:18

    Let you money do the talking, stay away from the game and see how they will then fill the stadium!

  • Emile - 2010-10-04 11:22

    I agree with the Bulls management, but we must also not get carried away. "Sies Absa, ons eis meriete!" surely does not represent any form of victimisation, racism, drunkenness or misbehaviour. Personally I think a decision was taken with ABSA in mind al the time. Why only now at the last match of the season? We are not stupid. I am a Bull Suporter and I have the fulest right to say "F@#k ABSA".

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  • STORMER - 2010-10-04 11:26

    The CRUNCHIE YOUTH LEAGUE is as bad as it's transformed counterparts, the ANCYL....

  • Donkiepiel - 2010-10-04 11:33

    Welldone Loftus. People of colour have been abused at rugby matches at Loftus by same dunder-heads who preach freedom of speech.

  • ADP - 2010-10-04 11:34

    Wel gedaan Loftus! Dis tyd dat die huis 'n bietjie skoongemaak word.

  • Don - 2010-10-04 11:35

    Jees get over yourselves..this ABSA/Agriforum thing is becoming very don't like it take your money to another bank, no one went off over the issue of Nedbank and Standard only selling shares to black people..a lot more racist in my view but touch rugby and the world ends!!

  • Francois@springbok - 2010-10-04 11:35

    Ek is baie bly jy kom nie weer Loftus toe nie!!! Dis nie die moeite werd om spoeg op jou te mors nie!!! pateet!!!

  • EMILE @ Springbok - 2010-10-04 11:36

    I visit Loftus frequently and for the past few years I have also taken my 12 year old son along. Never ever have I experienced any disgusting or vile behaviour. These comments from some individuals are utter rubbish. Drunk and disgusting supporters are part of the package at each and every stadium. The worst I have ever experienced was Ellispark, but then again it was a test and 50% of the spectators were probably from all over SA. These rubbish comments over how bad these or those supporters are, seem somewhat childish and evident of pathetic provincialism. Maybe you or someone else provoked someone. It happens everywhere.

  • Bemused - 2010-10-04 11:36

    "We have a policy at Loftus and if there are any banners that are political, racial, religious or cultural, we take those banners away," said Kemp. Nowhere has Kemp been quoted that the offenders were to be removed, only their banners. So then, why were they removed?

  • Sick & tired blue bull - 2010-10-04 11:37

    I am getting sick and tired of this spewing of hatred towards ABSA by Afriforum and friends. I am Afrikaans, love Rugby and am a Blue Bull supporter. I am grateful to ABSA for their support of Rugby. No article has convinced me that ABSA has asked for a quota system to be applied but simply expressed their concern that transformations was not appropriately been followed. What have the other banks done for Rugby? Have all those moving their accounts secured a commitment from the other banks that they are against the quota system or transformation for that matter? I can fully understand Loftus acting against the Afriforum supporters. Loftus is not a public place where I do what I want to. They can take their banners out to the streets. As an Afrikaner I have long being convinced that Afriforum sadly at time reasons no differently than the ANCYL and that is with their emotions and not with their heads. Come on guys, let’s be fair. To all the anti Absa cronies I have one question. If ABSA withdraws their support of Rugby, are you willing to foot the bill?

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  • Boks No.1 - 2010-10-04 11:38

    I wish the IRB would intervene as how FIFA intervene when soccer becomes the platform for political medling. Nigeria and Sudan were both recently banned from FIFA sanctioned events due to those countries 'banana republic' antics. Then there was Italy not to long ago during their organized league and gambling etc Rugby is arguably South Africa's biggest platform for show casing world class sporting talent. Everyone deserves a shot at that platform, but based on merit, not on the opinions of some bush educated people ...

  • Sonny@Springbok - 2010-10-04 11:41

    1998 semi final BULLS vs SHARKS. After match I was pushed around by some drunk SHARKS fans having a braai, under the bridge adjacent to BOys high. Don't generalise you t***!

  • WalktheTalk - 2010-10-04 11:46

    Just closed my account at ABSA - and my parents and some friends are doing the same. All in all more than R4 million a year not flowing through ABSA anymore. It's a far more empowering feeling being able to do something (even if it is on a very small scale), than just sitting around complaining. As a minority group in SA we can still exercise some power by making sure the little money we have (and money=power) ends up in the right place.

  • julz - 2010-10-04 11:48

    Love it that the whites are finally standing up for themselves..stay at home!!umlungu for life!!!

  • Philip - 2010-10-04 11:49

    So if I went in with a banner, I support Absa, would i be thrown out ?????

  • Megabull - 2010-10-04 11:50

    I agree with what happened but the jurno who wrote this makes it seem as if Loftus support absa. That is not right by the jurno......

  • Rich - 2010-10-04 11:51

    Funny but I find the banner to be neither of a "political, racial, religious or cultural" nature. If anything it is anti-racial. Standing against ABSA who promotes a "quota"/racial selection system. Hypocrital bullsh*t!

  • Spear The Almighty - 2010-10-04 11:52

    So volgende keer as 'n Blou Bul vir liewe Jesus dankie sê, skop hom uit die stadium.