On Fri, 01 Aug 1997 13:18:39 +0200, Andre Maritz
<<>Yes, it is racism, it is Apartheid, it is the end of rugby as we
>it. Interesting the NSC spokesman, when asked if the national soccer
>team (Bafana Bafana) will be forced to include 4 - 5 white players by
>2000, his answer was no!
>Thank God for someone like Louis Luyt as I believe he will just take
>rugby to an even higher level of professionalism, tell the NSC to go to
>hell as he is running a private company with no support or subsidy from
>the government and get on with the game.>>>
First. On closer reading it is clear that what the NSC did was post an
ideal they think should be aimed at. They are not prescribing
selection of teams. At least they are not attempting it ...yet.
To force it down - what they DON'T seem to intend doing - they would
need something in the line of legislation.
At least legislation giving one controlling body over all sports the
final say in all teams representing SA.
And that would be a very interesting fight in parliament - and one
they are set to lose, I would think.
Then also: The Olympic bosses in SA allready told them to go***
So I don't think there are reason for real fears.
But the idea is very funny actually, although it grows from a sound
one - that equal opportunities should be worked for in a country where
there WAS (and still is) vast unequality in developing talent etc.
But what they suggested was very funny in an way: They said teams
should have players coming from all race groups and there should be
representation for women, handicapped people and people living in far
off country areas.
They also said a SA women's rugby team should get equal recognition to
a men's team.
Nice thought, but hell, it won't happen. It is the real world out
Women do most things as well as men and a lot of thing better, but in
rugby they will not be as good.
They will not draw the crowds. At least not the same sort.
(Bok manager: "Let's see, we have some white males, we have some black
males, and we have an Indian and a "coloured". What do we still need.
Ah! a handicapped player (mentally of physically? Mentally, we will
just point to the props. Physically, well,... uh.... there actually
ARE a few, come to think of it.) But God! Where to pick the woman?!
And must she be a ***? I think I better phone the NSC and make
While now we have a Bok manager who says: "Well, Percy and Joost is in
the team. You guys pick the rest and tell them whatever happens, we
must stay positive. I am off to go and comb my hair...")