White South African Athletes Now Seen As 2nd Class Citizens?

 

SA minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula

Fikile Mbalula Shocked South Africans With His Racist Remarks

Fikile Mbalula Shocked South Africa With His Racist Comments

Earlier this week we wrote a post titled South Africa might never host a major sporting tournament, ever again! If you have been cut off from the rest of the world during the last week, South Africa again made headlines for all the wrong reasons when SA’s sports minister, Fikile Mbalula, placed a ban on South African rugby, cricket, netball & athletics until these sports have been “transformed.” Transformed meaning that they meet the government imposed selection criteria of having more than 50% black representation in their starting lineups.

 

White, Brown & Afrikaans South Africans Now Officially 2nd Class Citizens

This so called transformation agenda, and selection policies is not only against international regulations on racial discrimination in sport but it also begs a more serious question, are white South African athletes now seen as 2nd class citizens in South Africa, and why has there been so little condemnation about these ridiculous sanctions imposed by the South African sport ministry?

Hiding racism behind acronyms

Before we try to answer the question above let us first consider what the racial agenda of the South African government is, and what transformation means to them. Simply put the race ideology of the ANC, which they have a multitude of words for (Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBAE), Affirmative Action, (AA) the list can go on)  are all simply code words to try and justify what can be summarised in one simple word RACISM against everyone and every institution which is not black.

Fikile dropped the racial bombshell last week when he said, “we MUST see more black representation in South African sport and decided to implement the above sanctions as a measure in which to ensure that more black players will be selected“,

The above statement is extremely concerning for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that, Fikile Mbalula, wants to ensure that more black players are chosen, regardless of merit.  Not only is the above statement abnormal and stinks of a black Hitler with a deep founded hatred towards any form of Caucasian or African Malay citizens, but it is just plain and simply racist.

The concerning thing about Mbalula’s statement is that it is currently being seen as, just a normal comment by the South African government and much of the international press. If this is indeed viewed as a normal statement (which it currently is) with no flaws or international condemnation it means that caucasian South Africans, Cape Malays (brown South Africans) and Afrikaans speaking South Africans are now officially classified as 2nd class citizens in South Africa. Since from a legal perspective it implies that the racial groups mentioned above, are not allowed to play equal roles and take up primary economical activity in their country of birth. Furthermore it means that a caucasian person is now not allowed to represent his country in the same capacity as an African athlete. Meaning that Afrikaans and White South Africans, classified as ethnical minorities, has less rights than the majority of black South Africans and is subjected to the demographical nature of South Africa.

The United Nations definition of racial discrimination  reads as follow:

Racial discrimination is when a person is treated less favourably than another person in a similar situation because of their race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status.

From the above  it is clear that Mabulas recent announcement, combined with South African sports racial selection policy is a clear violation of human rights and gross racial discrimination against various ethnical groups in South Africa. Welcome to apartheid 2.0

Mandela Fought For Nothing, Welcome To Apartheid 2.0

The Black Springboks

Apartheid 2.0

You see in a normal developed society where there are equal rights for all, a type of society which the great Nelson Mandela fought for with most of his life,  race would not be an issue.

The United States of America makes for the perfect example of such a society. Take the, NBA and the American National Basketball team, in a country where the majority of the citizens are caucasian, the American National Basketball team still enjoys the support from all groups of the population despite 72.5% of the players being non white.

The same can be said for the NFL (American National Football League)  in a sport which enjoys a predominantly white following, the majority of the players are non white, but again that is not an issue, because America, like most countries, has evolved from racial stigmas and simply want competence above all else and that is why they prosper.

The fact is; simply because a player(s) comes from an ethnic minority background should NOT mean they are not allowed to represent their country in larger numbers than the majorities.

The irony regarding Fikile Mbalula’s, “racial demographical representation theory” is that during the 2010 soccer world cup, when the world’s attention was firmly fixated on South Africa, not a single white (caucasian) player was included in the world cup squad!

Certainly not a fair representation of South Africa’s racial demographics since white South Africans makes up around 5-6% of the South African population. Yet not a word was uttered about the world cup soccer squad not being representative of South Africa’s true demographics!

This simply serves as further proof that South Africa’s ban on bidding for major sporting tournaments due to lack of transformation is simply because of racism towards white, brown and Afrikaans South Africans and nothing else.

South African Government Racist Selection Policy, Destroying SA Sport

The sad reality is that everyone is a loser due to the racist “transformation” policy enforced by South African sports ministry. No player deserves to be selected or not selected due to his biological makeup.

Because of the enforced racial selection policy, it means that teams are not selected purely on the basis of merit, which ultimately results in South African sport and world sport as a whole being worse of because of it.

Needless to say your chances of winning and being competitive gets exponentially less when a team is not selected on merit. This is also a good time to mention that the overwhelming majority of black athletes in South Africa are against quotas, since it not only gives them a bad reputation but makes them feel like they are in the team only because their race and nothing else which is often NOT the case.

There are so many more urgent issues that the South African government needs to focus its intention on, but they would rather go out of their way to keep a country divided along racial lines only to ensure they remain in power which means getting payed ridiculously high salaries, and making extraordinary amounts of money due to the awarding of corrupt tenders.

Transformation Is Not All Bad

With all of the above taken into consideration you would might perhaps be surprised to find out that we, at the Sport Freak, are indeed in favour of transformation in South African sport, but the difference is we are in favour of going about it the right way, which will result in South African sport teams having a much greater pool of players to select from.

Instead of starting at the top of the pyramid, the sport ministry should channel their time, energy and money towards the 80% of black public schools which is in a dire state. Start with programs and initiatives to get the youth at grass root level interested in rugby, cricket, golf and athletes thus, by the time they get to the end of their school career they would have come through the system and can be incorporated into the numerous provincial and national teams based on their playing ability instead of their skin colour.

Since the majority of South African citizens are black, this will naturally lead to a higher number of black selections, however the difference will be, it will be a selection based on merit and not forced at the top of the iceberg based on skin pigments.

Simple stuff but then again nothing is simple in South Africa, welcome to apartheid 2.0.

Conclusion – Time To Start Taking ACTION

By the of chance that any high ranking international sport administrators are reading this post, shame on you for doing nothing in terms of sanctions or speaking out to prevent racism in South African sport! We also appeal to all our readers to share this post and sign the petition. It is time to stop whining and start taking action against the racist policies in our sport. Sport is one of the few good things which still remains in South Africa and we are NOT about to give that up!

I re-iterate and leave you with the following:

Racial discrimination is when a person is treated less favourably than another person in a similar situation because of their race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status.

Did the great Mandela not say – “If the ANC do to you what the Apartheid government did to us, do to the ANC what we did to the Apartheid government?

 

 

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