AfriForum is considering taking Cricket South Africa to court after the body announced it will employ only black consultants to balance transformation in the game.
On Monday, CSA met with the Department of Sport and Recreation and confirmed it would exclusively make use of black individuals to ‘speed up’ the important process of transformation.
This comes after director of cricket Graeme Smith was recently criticised for appointing Mark Boucher (head coach) and Jacques Kallis (batting consultant) ahead of England’s tour of South Africa in December last year.
The agreement means that, if available, a person of colour must be elected as consultant(s) in the Proteas management staff ahead of someone such as Kallis.
In a statement, the civil rights organisation raised its concern about the governing body’s plans to sign off this agreement and said it will follow developments closely.
‘Cricket South Africa’s decision to exclusively hire black consultants can in one way be regarded as nothing other than unjustifiable racial discrimination,’ said AfriForum’s Ernst Roets.
‘AfriForum takes a firm stand against any form of racial discrimination and will therefore take the necessary action in this matter.
‘It is concerning that it has become common for some forms of discrimination to be excused and justified as “necessary” or “positive”. These are dangerous and blatant double standards that need to be opposed, and as a civil rights organisation AfriForum will do exactly that.’
On Tuesday evening 16 men and 14 women, all nationally contracted Proteas players, released a statement of their own asking CSA to sort out all of its internal problems. The players also stated that certain recent actions have been alarming.