The IFP welcomes the decision by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula in dealing with transformation in South African sport today. Transformation in sport has been a contentious issue for many years now and there have been many debates and discussions surrounding this very important and necessary process, importantly how best to go about achieving the transformation of our various sporting codes. The manner in which this issue has, however been dealt with by the relevant sporting administrators, authorities and organisations has on occasion been worrying.
We, as the IFP, have always maintained that transformation in sport is non-negotiable and must take place. In 22 years this is the first time real action been taken in order to see transformation in sports takes place. We are of the firm belief that a policy must be set, in order to determine how the minister performs in his duties in seeing transformation happen in an effective manner.
With SARU, ASA and CSA not meeting their own set targets, this paints a bleak picture for transformation in the sports of athletics, rugby and cricket. The decision by the minister is welcomed and we implore these regulating bodies to get their respective houses in order as soon as possible.
We congratulate SAFA in meeting their targets, and encourage them to tackle the problem of transformation in former Model C schools and private schools; we welcome the ministerial directive that has been issued to them by Minister Mbalula.
IFP Spokesperson on Sports and Recreation, and Transport
Mr PK Sithole, MP
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IFP Parliamentary Media Officer
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