Northerns in trouble

Northerns in trouble

Post by Deon Naick » Thu, 27 Feb 1997 04:00:00

   independent online
   the cape times

                        Tshwete blasts N Tvl rugby boss

   Barry Streek

   THE fragile peace in South African rugby was shattered last night when
   Sports Minister Mr Steve Tshwete accused a prominent rugby boss of
   condoning the outright racism of former Springbok coach Mr Andr
   Markgraaff.

   Tshwete said Northern Transvaal Rugby Union president Mr Hentie
   Serfontein had effectively told black players they were a "klomp
   k....rs" (a bunch of k....rs).

   He accused Serfontein of insulting all black players and all black
   people by his support of a Pretoria club's refusal to play a friendly
   match against the Old Greys Club of Bloemfontein which is coached by
   Mr Andr Bester, the man who taped the now infamous Markgraaff
   comments.

   Serfontein had congratulated the Pretoria club for their action and
   said he hoped other clubs would follow their example.

   Tshwete said Serfontein's support for the club had effectively
   condoned Markgraaff's statements.

   Tshwete said the 250 delegates to yesterday's meeting of the
   Inter-Government Forum in Stellenbosch, which included President
   Nelson Mandela, Deputy-President Thabo Mbeki, most of the cabinet, and
   provincial premiers, had expressed shock at Serfontein's comments.

   He said issues that would not go away easily had to be addressed
   "decisively and frontally".

   All Material ? copyright Independent Newspapers 1997.

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