Luthando Kaka, South Africa’s first black cyclist to race abroad professionally and to lead a cycling club, was called the k-word during a race in Boksburg last month.
Fellow cyclist Chris Jooste, according to Destiny Magazine, verbally abused Kaka in a racist rant when he stood up for a fellow young black cyclist, Siyabonga Somchiza, who had been forced off the road by Jooste and Dusty Day.
Kaka allegedly told Day to stop taking advantage of the young man and that his behaviour was unacceptable. This angered Day, who later called Kaka a k*ffir.
Jooste and Day have been suspended by the cycling body. Surprisingly, Kaka was also later suspended.
Kaka’s lawyer, Themba Mthethwa, said: “I can’t understand why [Kaka] was also suspended, which is why we decided to take the matter to the courts,” he says.
Cycling SA initially refused to lift Kaka’s suspension until a court ultimately forced them to do so.
Cycling SA said the case has been handed over to the disciplinary commission, pending the investigation of the incident. The investigation’s findings will apparently be released on Tuesday 3 March 2015.