JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – DEMANDS for transformation in rugby are set to take a new dimension with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) planning to approach the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) with its grievances.
The labour union said this followed lack of support to South Africans aspiring to see change in the sport.
“As COSATU, we will file a Section 77 with NEDLAC and will convene the negotiations with all the role players. Should those negotiations not yield results, we will embark on a protest programme against all those,
who block and refuse to advance transformation,” said COSATU spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla.
He said the negotiations would include all the representatives of transformation in rugby, from across the country.
“The protest will be directed against the sponsors, who includes ABSA and other sponsors and at SARU and their untransformed matches,” said Pamla.
As such, COSATU has vowed no match will be able to be held in the country if it was not linked to transformation of the structures in the Province that they represented.
“The white establishment has wiped the floor with our magnanimity and refuse to fund and support transformation across the spectrum.
“There has been a request for a peaceful transition in sport which was rejected, so we will now fight for the transformation our country deserves. We will not allow abnormal sport in a normal society,” said Pamla.
Pamla said COSATU was not satisfied that after more than 20 years of democracy and our black leaders in the leadership of sport, there was no transformation.
“We are prepared to take full responsibility for transformation of rugby and these untransformed sports ourselves.”
– CAJ News