Schoolboy banned for racism

2012-05-30 19:15

Pietermaritzburg - Voortrekker High School in KwaZulu-Natal has banned a rugby player found guilty of racial abuse in a first team match against Pinetown Boys High School on the weekend, as part of a concerted effort to combat unsportsmanlike conduct at high school rugby matches.

A brawl erupted following a spear tackle incident, which was followed by a racial taunt from a Voortrekker backline player. After reviewing evidence and consulting the referee in charge of the match the school has banned the boy involved from all rugby for the entire time that he is a pupil at Voortrekker.

"Voortrekker has for many years been known for the good, hard, clean rugby that we’ve played and this behaviour from coaches, players and parents will not be tolerated," said headmaster Jan Nel.

Nel has also vowed to make sure that the school communicates with its supporters on an ongoing basis to ensure that abuse from the sidelines, whether targeted at players or the referees and linespersons on duty, does not occur.


  • francois.dupreez.39 - 2012-05-30 19:11

    Give that headmaster a Bells...

      eil33nn - 2012-05-30 20:51

      yes, but the rugby union and SARU should also intervene. Violence, even verbal violence should be condemned in sports

      clivegoss - 2012-05-31 11:05

      N Kas boet nie net een ou dubbeltjie n hele kis Bells

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-05-31 13:35

      That is the way to deal with it, immediately and decisively ! Well done ..

  • Bennie - 2012-05-30 19:30

    Certain people that vote mostly ANC cannot fight their own batlles , always crying like little boys . Many Rugby Games between Afrikaans Schools and English Schools much harsher words were exchanged like SOUTP*&^ en djou Maaaaa !!! Heaven forbid a ethnic SA should have that in his ears he will melt !! . Not condoning what happened but sick of sissy politics

      Silindile - 2012-05-30 20:59

      I think most people will agree that \Jou ma\ is not quite the same as k*ffir, c**lie etc... Racial slurs are quite different from the trash talking that goes on between sportsmen

      Ryan - 2012-05-31 13:31

      An Afrikaans kid calling an English kid "Soutie" is actually alot more racially derogatory in it's origins than the words you are referring to, yet you don't see English kids crying about it and no one gets banned. Other worse derivatives of this get thrown around all the time, serious case of double standards.

  • Ge - 2012-05-30 19:35

    Bloody agents

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-30 19:39

    @brian- good question.!!

      Brian - 2012-05-30 20:10


  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-30 19:50

    So sad to that a schoolboy being banned for talking the truth of how his heart felt. What a shame to the school, no integrity.

      Dee - 2012-05-30 21:03

      Why does his 'heart' (?!!!) feel the need to sling a racial slur? I'm all for children being taught some self control - and how to handle conflict RATIONALLY and with sportsmanship and INTEGRITY. But I guess it is too late to enroll you for some lessons? - so may I instead respectfully suggest you find someone to give any children you have a 21st Century take on prejudice, integrity, sportsmanship ....... and please keep any blonde daughters off Twitter in the mean time.

  • zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-05-30 19:53

    Lol did it really have to be a 'spear' tackle? But on a more serious note, at his age he really shouldn't be seeing colour. Its a pitty that a whole lot of such incidents go unmentioned. Us as adults should also stop feeding these boys hate and racism things.

      Marc - 2012-05-30 20:40

      lol that was sharp to pick up n the spear joke... give this man a bells

      Hugh - 2012-05-31 14:51

      Zama, got to hand it to you buddy. Skerp soos n lem.

  • themba.s.mayongo - 2012-05-30 20:04

    they didn't mention if it was a black or white schoolboy banned...

      Blaine - 2012-05-30 20:10

      Does it matter? Racism is unacceptable both ways!

      themba.s.mayongo - 2012-05-30 20:17

      not at all... Just shocked by people's comments already assuming it's a white boy who shouted a racial slur.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-30 20:10

    Really really, just a day left be4 ths m0nth ends an0ther race card. Ws ths racial or rugby is nt a contact sport?

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-05-30 20:21

    People must accept that rugby culture is thug culture. When this kidz watch rugby on tv and see people get spear tackled, pinned on the ground, shoving and wanting to hit each other they always gets the message that says rugby is about being a mean spirited dumbo who can beat the hell out of another oke! I don't understand this shoving and pinning down of other players during a match. This is sport not some bundu fighting. So people don't be surprised if you see your little oke punching or swearing at another player. It is the culture they see and learn from the tv. If players like Schalk Burger, Bakkies Botha, Dannie Rossouw play thugby the little kidz will follow suit and take it further. Why on earth do they call Danie Rossouw "Pakslae"???

      BlouJob - 2012-05-30 20:49

      Want hy like om ouens soos jy pakslae te gee.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-05-30 20:55

      @BlouJob sien jy my punt nou??? Ek verstaan nie die kultuur, hoekom wil jy ander mense pakslae gee??? Hy is veronderstel om rugby te speel nie klop die crap uit onskuldige mense!!!

      Acta - 2012-05-31 09:03

      You have never played the game, so don't try and comprehend something that you know nothing about.

      Zimbobwe - 2012-05-31 10:35

      For your info I know a lot about rugby. My Afrikaner friend used to take me to Loftus even before the new dispensation and it doesn't matter if I played the game or not boetman. I have two eyes and can see if something is wrong in this okes head. There is something wrong with this people and they need to accept that.

      Hugh - 2012-05-31 14:55

      Zim, there's an old saying that rugby is a hooligans game played by Gentlemen, and Soccer is a gentleman's game played by hooligans. I think that that adage still stands true today.

      Jaco - 2012-05-31 15:21

      Zim - I think you are missing the point here. The problem is not Rugby, or "thugby" as you call it. The problem is racism. Rugby is a contact sport and a highly competitive one. At some point in some games tempers will rise and boil over. Many other sports also have this same issue, Ice Hockey is a prime example. There are even handbags thrown in Football from time to time (but that is most of the more commical than anything else). I played rugby for a long time. I even played rugby overseas and made my living this way. I never once got involved in a fight. There are many clean players out there, and even the ones that do not boast such a clean record I dont really blame. Dont attack the sport, lets rather focus on the problem that is racism in this case.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-30 20:48

    Shame someone feeling sorry for himself.Making a mountain out of a mole hill shows a huge chip on the shoulder.

  • lindy.odendaal - 2012-05-30 20:51

    Do Not Judge - You DO NOT know The Whole story !!!!!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-30 21:01

    Well said jack there are idiots who only see it one way,know what,point a finger and there are three pointing back at yourself.Poor south africa is doomed to fail although i hope not iv given this country too much.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-30 21:14

    I just got what happened straight from the horses mouth,interesting,where there is smoke there is fire.

      rusanne.vanrooyen - 2012-05-30 21:24

      Thank you now what exactly happened??? I'm behind the story's at school...??

  • rusanne.vanrooyen - 2012-05-30 21:17

    Oky I admit he was wrong to behave in shuts away. But white people get called white skum of the sea and dogs and many evil thing... We don't go running to court ... We south africans need to find a balance where all race are treed the same... At the moment it is \kill the boer \ haven't we got over that by now? I meen its 18 years... It is in the past ... I am really sick of the word racism!! What eva happens , that's the blame... And you only have on side of the story!!!

  • zuki.gqola - 2012-05-30 21:24

    We really drill racism into our kids' minds, a mere high school kid (black or white) who obviously said sumding stupid during the heat of the moment is now not going to play the sport he loves for his entire high school life. He will carry those bad memories through his adult life

  • toi.mtshali - 2012-05-30 21:26

    We Boycotted the Spear of the Nation now it's proper Mr Nel Boycotts the Wortrekker Spear tackler. These Racism exchanges must come an end before a hectic incident that we'll all regret.

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-05-30 21:35

    Hoekom nou? its all going to racial motivated actions come on SA we have far to many things to worry about pls and celebrate eg u20 rugby world cup that's coming and 8 nations that's is currently underway in Cape town pls editor can't you pls ignore this stories pls

  • Sivuyile - 2012-05-30 21:54

    a brwal erupted afer a spear tackle? What did this player say exactly NEWS24?

  • johan.peters3 - 2012-05-30 22:00

    darn im surprised how we all feel, racism comes form both sides so polaricism is on order of the day Education of our kids in all our communities are needed

  • Liso - 2012-05-30 22:16

    Really?, the are ppl willing 2 defend this distort child!..i dnt knw wat race ths kid is and frankly i cudnt be bothered,racism is RACISM!!!, no child born post Apartheid shud be saying such, yet another victim of dinner table convo! A job well done to the Headmaster.

      Audrey - 2012-05-31 05:22

      So you agree that we should not be singing "Kill the Boer" anymore, right? It being "post Apartheid " and all.......

  • Linda - 2012-05-31 01:04

    And we wonder where the children learn such behaviour? With racist comments like the ones one sees here on News24, its no wonder. U should be ashamed of yourselves

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-31 06:38

    We all have a certain level of prejudice, others take it to the extreme and dn it bcoms an 'ism. Human nature dictates that whatever is foreign to me shall be looked at with a slightly negative view. I personly never had a problem playing against voories

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-31 06:44

    Playing gainst voories i usualy played against the usual suspects in the packs, everytime we had the first ruck, scrum, lineout of the game we would smile or laugh bcoz we thought' u again'. I gather it was mutual respect. It is spelt racism by the way

  • William - 2012-05-31 07:35

    Stop benig racest go check those pinetown boys 4 steriods insted or there age!

  • Phakamani - 2012-05-31 07:35

    People! We need to put our race aside. When someone does wrong it shouldn't matter what race he is, wrong is wrong! This young boy needed to punished so also the others would stop. We can't be taking side when someone is obviously wrong

  • William - 2012-05-31 07:35

    Stop benig racest go check those pinetown boys 4 steriods insted or there age!

  • Greg.J.M - 2012-05-31 08:43

    The punishment meted out is good enough as it sends out a strong message @ schoolboy level where it all begins, question is will he still be allowed to play club rugby, maybe the SARU should look into this further.

  • justin.andrews.522 - 2012-05-31 10:09

    Everyone here is assuming the colour of the child. Racism is deplorable either side of the spectrum. So cut it out with the you did this, and he did that. Tit for Tat crap. everyone needs to cut out their prejudicial attitudes and try to live without colour. If someone does something it is personality, not colour. So white, black, asian, coloured..... why classify people like that.... and before this comment is harassed with BEE government attitude stuff, I am condoning that too. Borders should not be drawn through racial lines... Until people stop the excuse that it is ok because on other group does it, we will never have peace.

      justin.andrews.522 - 2012-05-31 10:18

      *not condoning

  • Dustin - 2012-05-31 10:10

    Before I go any further let me just state this - I don't condone nor do I agree with racism in any form.That being said can all the blacks and whites out there who still think apartheid is the reason for racism in South Africa please wake the F..K UP! Please go to any country be it first world or third world and you will find racism to be healthy and very much alive. US, UK, Poland, France, Rwanda, Kenya, Middle East, etc. none of these countries had "apartheid" but you still find racism there and always will. The truth is no matter how civilised we think we have become racism is still at it's core a basic human response to something(someone) that is different to what we are. All the integration and political correctness will never change this. It is a decision each person must make for themselves, to not let race, religion or gender affect they way they treat someone. Yes there will always be cultural, religious and physical differences between people but that is part of what makes us as the human race such an interesting bunch. How boring it would be if everyone dressed the same, spoke the same or looked the same. Melusi, just as a afterthought, I wonder what do you think the chances would be that we would be having this conversation right now if the European settlers, that came to these shores, decided to follow the example of white settlers in USA or Australia, by committing what we would call genocide today and had wiped out or chased away all indigenous people.

  • mlungisi.phakathi - 2012-05-31 12:41

    Whites are are unbelievable now they teach their young to be racist. This racism will never end whites are taking irrational pride at their whiteness and damning all other races. If you don't like blacks simply leave us in peace. We tired of hearing racist stories every week from one group. If you don't want to be part of the new south Africa leave and not ruin our chances of a united nation

      Bugprof - 2012-05-31 16:07

      @mlungisi your generalizations is absurd and it shows your true colours. You consider all whites racists. Read the various comments from the top and you will notice that almost all the whites congratulate the school principal for his tough stance against the guilty kid, white or black. I only wish you had the same attitude.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-05-31 17:24

      @ Mulingisi Yes you do hear recist stories every week, and that is because anything a white does to a black is labelled racist. The murder of a white by a black is not labelled racist. Quite frankly, I would rather be called a name than be murdered. In the context of this blog, you are the racist...... get a life !

  • Zaza - 2012-05-31 12:42

    Why can't we accept each other. Racism will never end as long as there is blacks n whites. why cant we just tolerate one another? why are we not allowed 2 express hw we feel about each other? f a black person would say to another black " you black moron" t was not gonna be termed racist. once a white man say that to a black or the other way round, the Racist word comes up.

  • Darron - 2012-05-31 16:24

    No place for this in our democracy !!!!!

  • Darron - 2012-05-31 16:25

    No place for this in South Africa or on the Rugby field !!!! Well done Mr Principal !!!

  • Chris - 2012-05-31 18:34

    thugby so very sad , where is the culture of rugby players

  • burt.ronald - 2012-05-31 19:48

    Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong. -Muhammad Ali It so tiring reading comments on here about which colour is more racist than the rest.. can we just not accept that there are bad eggs in all communities? No racist act by any person, no matter of color should be acceptable. lets stop fighting the race, and start encouraging a positive mentality! There are many hurt and damaged communities in SA, and the only way we can move forward and encourage the future generations is by being positive and supportive.. I am a South African, I have experienced violent crime, my family have been hijacked on three occasions...But I still believe in humanity and love all races.. lets stop the moaning! Lets be positive, life is so much better when we are..

  • beleneg - 2012-06-01 08:27

    I wonder what you would have done if someone called you a white c*&*nt? Why is nobody saying anything about this. Is this really the way we want to raise our children? One group can say whatever they want and the other is ALWAYS guilty if they retaliate in the same manner. Why is that boy not also banned from playing rugby? Double standards at its best!

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