Mbalula raises sports quotas

FAILURE to field 60% black players by the country’s top sports teams like the Proteas, Springboks and Bafana Bafana will lead to them being banned from representing South Africa in international events.

This is according to resolutions taken by the Department of Sport following a meeting between Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and sports MECs on Saturday.

The meeting discussed a report of a pilot study on the status of transformation in the country, released last week, which focused on South Africa’s top sports – rugby, cricket, netball, athletics and soccer.

Mbalula said the group had decided to increase the 50-50 quota system to 60% representation after “lack of willingness in implementing transformation, especially the enforcement of quotas”.

Failure to implement the new quota system would result in the withdrawal of any form of funding and support to federations and sports bodies.

- Aphiwe Deklerk, David Isaacson, Liam Del Carme, Telford Vice and Gareth Wilson
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