Springboks

Kolisi: Madiba wouldn't have supported quota system

2019-01-07 10:46
Siya Kolisi (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says he does not want to be picked because of the colour of his skin and that former President Nelson Mandela would not support a quota system in South African sport. 

Kolisi was speaking to Kyodo News during a recent trip to Japan where he was speaking as an ambassador for Panasonic. 

Kolisi, the first black man to ever captain the Springboks, was asked about how Mandela would have responded to the idea of transformation targets in national sports teams.

"I don’t think he would have supported that, but I don't know him," Kolisi said.

"You shouldn’t put a number on stuff like that.

"If you want to talk about transformation, you have got to start there (at a grassroots level).

"Imagine I hadn't gone to an English school. I wouldn't have eaten properly, I wouldn't have grown properly and I wouldn't have had the preparation that the other boys did.

"It's tough. Maybe in the Currie Cup you can try guys out and push people in and see how they do, but you can't just (pick somebody in the Bok side because of his colour).

"In South Africa it's tough because we want results and transformation.

"The talent is there, it's just about nurturing it.

"I wouldn’t want to be picked because of my skin colour because that surely wouldn't be good for the team and the guys around you would know."

Read more on:    springboks  |  siya kolisi  |  rugby

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Following the conclusion of the various end of year tours to Europe, who is your favourite for the 2019 Rugby World Cup title?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.