Solidarity and Afriforum are taking Cricket SA, SA Rugby, Athletics SA and Netball SA to court over transformation targets.
According to CSA’s transformation targets, an average minimum of 54% black players and an average minimum of 18% black African players must play across a full season, which is the equivalent to six players of colour – two of whom must be black African – per match.
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Solidarity and Afriforum claim the agreed upon transformation targets do not conform to local and international legislation and agreed upon norms.
‘We request an order that the court declare that the Transformation Charter, insofar as it pertains to demographic profiling as invalid, and of no force and effect,’ said Johan Kruger, deputy chief executive of Solidarity.
‘We further request that the court declare the agreements between the parties, insofar as it pertains to quotas, as invalid and of no force and effect, and that sporting bodies are interdicted from applying quotas in determining team selection at a national, provincial, club or school level.’
Kallie Kriel, chief executive of AfriForum, said merit should be the only criterion in the selection of sports teams.
‘The enforcement of racial quotas and political interference in South African sport directly violates the rules and regulations of international sports bodies. That is why AfriForum is going to send a delegation to several international sports bodies within the next months.’
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