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ANC members defend Jacob Zuma over his Nkandla homestead saga

imagesANC MPs on September 30 2014 defended President Jacob Zuma, as they say he is not responsible for security upgrades at his homestead in Nkandla.

The Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela report this year outlined that, President Jacob Zuma and his family had improperly benefited from the spending on non-security matters at Nkandla, and she recommended that he repay some R246m in state funds spent on his private homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

ANC MP Mmamoloko Kubayi said that, the ANC comes out too strongly on saying that, president Jacob Zuma never requested anything related to security upgrades at his home in Nkandla. He also stated that, the president did not receive any money.

Thuli Madonsela invested on and shaped a report that seems to have hit the bosses of the Luthuli House sideways. She found that Zuma violated the Executive Ethics Code and that his conduct was inconsistent with the Constitution by not trying to limit the R246 million state expenditure on upgrades at his estate, as Ranjeni Munusamy, a writer on Daily Maverick.

Minsters started to defend president Jacob Zuma since last year, as Public Works Minister, Thulas Nxesi said claims that state funds were used to build security upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla residence were unproven.

Another ANC MP, Mathole Motshekga told the committee that, majority of legal thinkers agreed with the president’s view that the investigation put forward by the public protector were not binding. Motsekga said that it was wrong for the Public Protector to order President Jacob Zuma to apply her findings before they were well thought-out by Parliament, and to have given Zuma 14 days to answer back to her report on Nkandla released in March.

According to a report by the Citizen online news on September, Water and Sanitation Minister, Miss Nomvula Mokonyane says ANC members and Cabinet ministers will use everything to protect president Zuma. She was quoted saying this in Sotho language “Re tlo thiba ka dibono” [We will defend with our buttocks] she was quoted by the Sowetan newspaper as saying at the launch of a water project in Marite, Mpumalanga.

Miss Makonyane said, the attacks over Nkandla are not on Zuma only, but are also on the ANC. She added that Jacob Zuma will finish his term, even if there are a lot of controversially statements and actions are taking place.

ANC threaten parliamentary committee to withdraw investigations that are made at looking at the Nkandla security upgrades.

Julius Malema, the Economic Freedom Front leader said, the opposition is ready to take the matter to the Constitutional Court because the law did not allow the legislature to review the public protector’s findings.

ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe said after Nkandla upgrade report was released that, members in the ANC who failed the conduct of their duties should face the suitable consequences. The ANC didn’t mentioned or clarify their statement on what suitable consequence the ANC will do to their president over Nkandla upgrades.

by Siyabonga Mtati

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Illegal abortions still high in SA

ABO-ARTICLEA 17-year old girl died on Thursday at Frere hospital in East London after nurses tried to remove a foetus from her womb. The girl had had a blotched termination of pregnancy after using a ‘backstreet’ abortion clinic.

Nurse Lefa, who works at the Women’s clinic and gynaecology unit, expressed how the girl was found. “She came to us at 6 o’ clock in the morning trying to hide a blotch of blood on her pants which was getting worse,” said Lefa. “When we placed her on a bed, she fainted.

Lefa said that the girl had lost a lot of blood because of a sceptic wound in her uterus which occurred from an infection. It was reported that she was given abortion inducing pills and thereafter, attempted to pull the foetus on her own the night before she went to the clinic.

It is unfortunate that the girl Lefa and her staff assisted is not the only one who has died due to unsafe pregnancy terminations. Since South Africa legalised abortion 1996 with the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, abortion-related deaths have decreased by 90%. However, the Act has not been implemented to decrease or remove the presence and use of illegal abortionists.

Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini said, “Where abortion is permitted on broad legal grounds, it is generally safe and where it is highly restricted, it is typically safe.” Minister Dlamini was addressing delegates in Boksburg at an Ipas conference.

A study in 2005 looked at women’s reasons for going to illegal providers, which included not knowing where to access safe or free abortions, stigma from their communities, judgemental staff and concerns over confidentiality and cost. Only about 53% of the public health facilities to provide safe abortions are operational currently.

Most state-funded hospitals offer abortions in less than 13 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy. Between 13-20 weeks (3 to 5 months) a woman may have an abortion under certain conditions where: her physical, mental health is at stake, her baby may have physical or mental abnormalities and if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest; or when she is of the opinion that her economic or social situation is enough to terminate the pregnancy.

Several females from the ages of 12 to 40 terminate their pregnancies, some falling victim to the “same day, pain-free, quick” street post abortionists. These illegal operations hand out medical abortion pills indiscriminately, placing second-trimester women at a risk of death. Most botched abortions include severe bleeding, uterine damage, tearing of the cervix, severe damage to the genitals and abdomen, internal infection of the abdomen and blood poisoning.

By Siphosethu Jim

Jub Jub and co-accused ruling overturned

untitledMolemo ‘Jub Jub’ Maarohanyye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala have had their ruling overturned.

News 24 reports that in December 2012, Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi sentenced Maarohanyye and Tshabalala each to 27 years in prison in total in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto.

The murder convictions were replaced with convictions of culpable homicide and the 20-year sentences for murder were replaced by prison terms of eight years, with two of those suspended. They will be given credit for time already served.

According to Business Day Live in June, the pair’s second appeal revolved around the disgraced gospel star claiming the reason why his conviction should be altered is because he wasn’t in control of his faculties because he was high.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala, were found guilty on four counts of murder after ploughing into a group of pedestrians travelling through Protea Glen four years ago, killing four schoolchildren.

News24 reported that at the time of the appeal, Maarohanye’s lawyer, Willie Vermeulen, argued that his client had been convicted of murder; dolus eventualis. This means that the court found Maarohanye and Tshabalala had an understanding of the damage they could cause by their behaviour, and therefore had indirect intention to kill.

“Those kids left home in the morning to go to school to better their lives and the lives of their families. As they were upstanding citizens, they did not go to town. They decided to go straight home. They did not arrive home that day,” Mr Nemavhidi told the accused men.

However, Vermeulen insisted that because of his client’s use of drugs on the day of the race, the dolus eventualis argument no longer stood.

Judge George Maluleke and his team of appeal judges seemed to agree with this argument, saying the dolus eventualis charges could not stand.

He altered the four counts of murder to four counts of culpable homicide and set aside the driving under the influence and attempted murder charges. He sentenced the pair to 10 years, with two years suspended, and insisted that the sentence be back dated to when the pair were originally sentenced in October 2012.

After the new sentence was handed down there was much public outcry with social networks going abuzz. People were discussing whether the ruling the previous week of Oscar Pistorius would affect any other cases that had already been concluded.

As the South African justice system loses credibility in the eyes of the public eyes now shift to the Dewani case.

by Siyanda Cingco

NMMU brings out big guns in annual pageant

10175045_704478062976221_352773571239503455_n11 October 2014, the day had arrived for the highly anticipated Mr. & Mrs. NMMU pageant hosted at Nelson Mandela University’s South campus (Indoor sports center). With a relatively high turnout, a star filled line up of performers and a visit by T.V. personality and model Maps Maponyane hosting the event; it was a sure recipe for a memorable evening. The theme of the event was Vanity Fair and all the 23 contestants came out offering nothing but their best in hopes to gain this year’s title, reigning as the victors for the evening and ambassadors for the 2014/2015 period.

The night kicked off with a refreshing performance by local dance group Rrage who mesmerized the audience with their diversified dance routine showcasing innovative choreography. Directly after the performance followed the official beginning of the pageant as the contestants hit the runway for the first segment of the show, dressed up in formal wear impressing both the judges and the audience with their elegant yet composed struts and poses. A few crowd favorites were established during this segment, evident in the overwhelming cheers and screams for male contestants Odwa Masiza, Iris Dlamini and Sibu Nqini and female contestants Kelly Lewis, Siphosethu Mdodana to name but a few.

The screams hit a peak level once the host, Maps Maponyane, revealed himself to the crowd, formally introducing the event as well as proceedings for the evening. Applying his gentleman like approach as emcee, he was a definite favorite among the ladies. After his presentation Maponyane introduced the audience to the next modelling segment of the show which was the casual wear. Contestants came out once again in attempts to impress onlookers and convince judges that they were worthy of being the new ambassadorial faces of NMMU. One by one they came down the runway in a carefully crafted sequence that allowed each contestant the opportunity to show everyone what they had to offer. The gentlemen stole the show once again with a topless act, evoking a massive response from the female audience members, a scene which served as one of the most competitive moments of the evening.

Maponyane was not the only celebrity guest for the evening as Naak Musiq, better known as MJ from the popular South African soap opera Generations, graced the stage with a lively performance during an interval break. Noting that it was his first time performing at the university, he gave the audience a taste of his latest work with the song ‘Call Out’ ft DJ Fisherman, acquainting the crowd to the lyrics of the record. He also performed some of his well-known songs, leaving the audience craving for more after his departure from the stage. The night was also graced by the likes of Dj Speedsta catering to the needs of the hip hop lovers, followed by local success story Heavy K and his group Point5, who kept the masses dancing the night away at the after party. The evening raised the bar for NMMU’s event organizing capability and we’ll have to wait and see if next year is going to be as good if not better.

by Mandlenkosi Ntlemeza

The Chilli Boys stun Orlando Pirates in Port Elizabeth

ef21beaa237de8efff1baf0d5defa166Chippa United put out a brave performance and defeated South African football heavy weight’s Orlando Pirates at the Nelson Mandela stadium in Port Elizabeth on the 27th of September 2014.

The Port Elizabeth community has been starved of Premier Soccer League football for years, since the days of Bay United. The locals would have been very proud of their new adopted local team Chippa United performance against Orlando Pirates, as they won the match 1-0, from an early goal from their striker David Zulu.

Orlando Pirates came into this encounter looking to bounce back from their previous weekend’s MTN8 final defeat to their bitter rivals, Kaizer Chiefs. That defeat in the final made head coach Vladimir Vermezovic to make several changes to the team that lost to Kaizer Chiefs, with Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Thabo Qalinge and Mpho Makola coming in for Happy Jele, Sifiso Myeni and Issa Saar respectively. The Buccaneers were eager to beat Chippa United for the first time, while the Chilli Boys came into this clash looking to give Roger Sikhakhane his second successive victory as their head coach, since the departure of former coach Kostadin Papic.

The visitors attacked their opponents from the beginning of the match, with Mpho Makola coming close as early as in the second minute from a corner- kick; however, Makola’s header struck the framework with Mbongeni Mzimela well beaten before Chippa United defenders recovered to clear the ball away from the danger area. Four minutes later, the home side took the lead against the run of play, from a counter attack with striker David Zulu finding himself in space behind the Pirates defence after dribbling past a couple of the Orlando Pirates defenders, before slotting a well-timed and directed shot past Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa with his left foot in the bottom corner.

Chippa United did well to give their opponents no space in front of their own goalkeeper, with their big and physically stronger defenders forcing Orlando Pirates to take shots from long range. Thandani Ntshumayelo tested Mzimela from distance in the 26th minute, only for the former AmaZulu goalkeeper to gather the shot easily. Mpho Makola had a chance to beat Mzimela from a free-kick, but the midfielder missed the target, with his attempt going to the right hand side of Mzimela’s goal. Chippa United held on to their 1-0 lead going into the break, as they kept Pirates at bay in the first 45 minutes.

Orland Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic saw that the tactics he had used in the first half didn’t work and that he needed a new plan to break down the tight defense of the home team. He made two changes towards the hour-mark, introducing both Lehlohonolo Majoro and Sifiso Myeni for Mpho Makola and Thabo Qalinge respectively. Pirates threatened to score but they were still unable to break down Chippa United’s defence, let alone test Mzimela, who was hardly tested in the entire game as Pirates had a single shot on target in the second half through substitute Sifiso Myeni, despite dominating possession, especially in the last 20 minutes of the game. The Soweto giants still couldn’t get past the Chippa United defense.

In the end, the Port Elizabeth outfit walked away with all the points after having a remarkable performance especially by their defenders in front of their home fans, who would be proud of their local team.

 

By: Luzuko Sampo

Female health: Is the youth informed?

symbols-018Increasingly, several health ills arise that affect everyone. In turn, many health treatments and ways for prevention arise to combat these sicknesses. However, people usually are aware of these ailments and treatments when they are much older. Since it is the month of October and it well-known as the month for breast cancer awareness, (amongst National nutrition week and World Mental health day) in the health field and nationally, the focus is on young women. Do young females know much about their health, where they stand individually and preventions for such?

Although it is rare, men do get breast cancer. The most typical kind of this cancer attacks their female counterparts year after year. The CANSA organisation travels around South Africa creating awareness for general cancerous diseases while providing test and check-ups for it. Apart from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in South African women of all races with a lifetime risk of 1 to 35 in South Africa, according to a 2007 National Cancer registry.

CANSA’s Acting CEO, Elize Joubert stated on the CANSA website that, “We encourage all women to conduct regular self-examinations once a month. Know how your breasts look and feel – discuss any changes you observe with your health practitioner. It’s also very important to go for a mammogram every year from the age of 40,” she said. She also encourages early detection as a means for females to prevent an unfortunate future where they may have breast cancer. Women from the age of 18 are not fully aware of screen tests opportunities available. “We have nine Mobile Health Clinics travelling to remote areas throughout South Africa, in October, to reach people who would otherwise not have access to screening,” says Joubert. See when a Mobile Health Clinic will be in your area during October

They offer Clinical Breast Examinations, Pap smear screening tests for cervical cancer, as well as other health tests such as cholesterol, blood pressure.

The Papanicolaou test, also known as the Pap test or Pap smear. This is a test for women to check the cervix for any abnormal cell changes. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb), which opens into the vagina. Cell changes can develop on the cervix that, if not found in time and treated, can lead to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer can almost always be prevented with a regular check-up.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Campus Health invited female students to book Pap smear appointments in each campus. This created awareness, as several students were asking about what the test was and whether they qualify or not.

Females from the ages of 21 to 65 years old are advised to have regular cervical tests as part of a routine health care. Females without a cervix because of a hysterectomy, who also have no history of abnormal Pap results or cervical cancer, do not have to have a Pap smear. However, one should speak to her doctor before having a Pap smear, for careful consideration.

Women’s Health.gov advises that women who do not have history of cervical cancer or abnormal Pap test results and are between the ages of 21 and 29 to:

  • have a Pap smear once every 3 years
  • between ages 30 and 64, you should get a Pap test and human Papillomavirus (HPV) test together every 5 years or a Pap test alone every 3 years.

 

There are things that can cause an incorrect test result. So, for two days before the test, one should not:

 

  • Use tampons
  • Use vaginal creams, suppositories, or medicines
  • Use vaginal deodorant sprays or powders
  • Have sex
  • Douche

 

One should always have a Pap smear done when one is not on their period.
by Siphosethu Jim

Getting to know Lesetja Kganyago

President Jacob Zuma announced that South Africa’s new Reserve Bank governor for the next five years would be Lesetja Kganyago.thumb

Born in Alexandra in 1965, the Governor later moved to Polokwane with his mother. Returning to Johannesburg at the age of 18, he enrolled at Wits University where he joined the commerce faculty. He would later complete his Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting and economics in 1991 through Unisa and move on to acquire his Master’s degree in economics from the prestigious London School of Economics.

Amongst his list of accolades the Harvard University educated governor also has the Eurobond Deal of the Year, Helen Suzman Leadership Award and the South African Institute of Race Relations Scholarship.

The Mail and Guardian reports that Marcus’s decision to resign after her first term did not come as a complete surprise to all.

It was initially expected that Kganyago would replace outgoing governor Tito Mboweni in 1999 when Kganyago was moved from the bank, shortly before Mboweni left. Instead, Marcus was brought in from outside the bank.

Lesetja Kganyago has also worked for J P Morgan, in New York and as an accountant for the South African ruling party the African National Congress.

Upon his appointment the rand rallied to a session high of R11.2590 on the appointment. . FNB economist and spokesperson Alex Smith said the fact that the rand strengthened slightly following the announcement indicates that investors are broadly in support of the decision.

“At this difficult time for SA’s economy it is important that fiscal and monetary policy work together as efficiently as possible in order to foster economic growth,” he said.

According to Business Day Live one of Lesetja Kganyago’s first priorities when he takes office as Reserve Bank governor next month will be to put the tools in place to execute the Bank’s mandate to safeguard financial stability. His other priority according to Business Day Live was to make the Bank the first port of call for young professionals seeking a career in economics and finance.

by Siyanda Cingco

Politian’s misinterpret the concept of Black Consciousness to uplift their political self-interests

msi(Embo Executive leaders at KQ local FM to talk about Steve Biko 2014 memorial lecture)

In 12 September each and every year, South African and even international community celebrate the live of the South African Black Consciousness activists Steve Bantu Biko. In Motherwell local library, situated in nu9 on 12 of September 2014 Black Consciousness and other scholars talked about the legacy of Steve Biko. In their talks it seemed that, they use the concept of Black Consciousness as to uplift their political parties, as the event had members from Azapo, Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, some from African National Congress.

First of all people tend to not understand what Black Consciousness mean, in this ceremony some scholars were saying the ideology was about unit in South African, that people during the apartheid era, and they say it was not a movement for black people only, but for all races that were against the apartheid system. By this, in the memorial lecture by Embo Movement, there were people there who were wearing ANC t-shirts in the Black Consciousness event, and after the event they were singing songs about ANC heroes. Some of the PAC members responded by singing their songs which were respecting their founder Robert Sobukwe.

The memorial lecture was supposed to be for the Black Consciousness activist, which is Steve Biko but it ended as like a tool for members of political parties to campaign and show off their conflicts between one another.

In order to understand the meaning of the ideology, as to compare to what scholars said in the Biko memorial lecture, one can look at the definition of Black Consciousness by Ranwedzi Nengwekhulu. Negwekhulu define the ideology as that it was meant for Black people to be aware of the significance and importance of their own value systems, i.e. their socio-economic, political and cultural values. For this appreciation of their value systems was the need to reject those foreign values, foreign value systems which were forced down Black people’s throats as part of the oppressor’s logic of maintaining and perpetrating its brutal system of exploitation and emasculation.

In this lecture people were having a debate on whether Biko was an ANC member, PAC, or Azapo member, in this manner members were trying to find out which party might be the custodian of Biko and Black Consciousness teachings. Azapo claimed Black Consciousness ideology as theirs, as a lot of Black Consciousness activist who were the friends of Steve Biko joined forces at Azapo.

Looking at South Africa National, the event of Biko memorial lecture was being delivered United Nations member Navi Pillay. It is in this manner that the concept of Black Consciousness has been misinterpreted by many intellectuals, Black Consciousness activists have been asking about such, as they say the government should consider other Black Consciousness activist to deliver talks about Blacks Consciousness and activists like Biko. The words by Biko that said “Black Man you are on your own” are being not considered in these such instance of making a United Nations member to talk about Bantu Biko. Steve Biko’s wife Mrs Nontsikelelo Biko had outlined in an interview by SABC that Steve Biko was a simple man who like to be around Black normal people, but not popular politicians.

Politicians tend to forget or not consider the fact that, the aim of the Black Consciousness in South Africa was not connect black people from different political parties to comes together and solve their problems in their own methods. Now politicians are misinterpreting the entire point or aim of black consciousness.

by Siyabonga Mtati

Talib Nyovest: SA’s Cassper Nyovest joins forces with US rap icon Talib Kweli for remix

TALIB“Yeah I stole the show, rumour has it that I’m a crook”, is the opening line to Cassper Nyovest’s latest single ‘Tsibip’ and steal the show he did with his recent unprecedented move of remixing one of his most popular songs ‘Doc Shebeleza’ alongside American underground rap figure Talib Kweli. The collaboration sees two worlds, both geographically and musically, combine in what can be seen as an effort to break down divisions and bridge the gap between both (South Africa and America) countries and the subgenres of mainstream hip hop and commercial hip hop.

According to entertainment site Kaya FM, news of the partnership broke after Nyovest confirmed on social networks that the Brooklyn based mc would feature on the remix to his song, posting pictures of his response to Talib’s verse, this was further solidified when Talib uploaded images of him and Nyovest cruising through Soweto, titling the images under the caption ‘Driving thru Soweto with the homie casspernyovest’. However, this was not to be the end of it as it was later reported that a video of Talib performing his verse to the song at a show that he had in the country, surfaced. Nyovest, who was gratified and excited by this, uploaded the clip onto his Instagram and commented on it, expressing his enjoyment and happiness towards the situation.

Talib Kweli has built himself a sizable reputation in the underground rap scene as one of the most notable rappers not only in America but globally. Both of his parents were college professors, this sparked his interest in writing which eventually saw him branch out into hip hop. His early inspirations ranged from the likes of Rakim, KRS- One and Ice Cube with their conscious, activist approach to music. His most identifiable work was with former high school mate Dante Terrell Smith, better known as Mos Def or Yasiin bey with their album titled Blackstar released in 1999. He also released a string of notable projects throughout the years, including ‘Quality’ (2002), The beautiful struggle (2004) and Eardrum (2007) to name but a few.

Cassper Nyovest, S.A’s ‘man of the moment’, was born in Montshiwa a village based in Mahikeng in the year 1990. Nyovest’s love for music was inspired by his late brother Kotso Mabehang who was also a rapper but sadly passed away in 2003. He steadily worked his way through the industry from the year 2004, until he met his big break with HHP on the song ‘Wam tseba Mo’ a song which gained the aspirant young rapper the much needed recognition, the rest as they say is history.

The collaboration has surprised many, serving as a significant talking point within the hip hop circle. It introduces what may very well be the future of music, challenging the underground old school listeners to try out the new school mainstream sound and vice versa for the mainstream fans. In terms of geographical relationships musically between South Africa and America, it has definitely aided the growth of it in a significant way. Website the juice, reported that a few days after the announcement of this particular collaboration, Nyovest sealed yet another one with another well-known American artist DJ Drama.

Talib and Nyovest have brought about a refreshing change in music generally and not just hip hop and they are inviting all to listen as Talib says in his 2007 single ‘Listen’, “Pay attention you gotta listen to hear”.

by Mandlenkosi Ntlemeza

The Positives and Negatives of the quota system

Quota System: It is when the government makes a rule of how many “players of colour” should be in the team, whether it is in a provincial or national team.Fikile_Mbalula__2899362b

The Sports Recreational Minister Fikile Mbalula has threatened to not fund South African sports if certain issues or conditions were not adhered to. This involves the transformation of black sportsmen and sportswomen in South Africa. He wants to see 60% black representation in teams and warned of harsh punishment if there was any form of resistance to these measures. “If any resistance was met, government could withdraw funding to bodies that fail to comply, withdraw national colours to federations holding back, rule that utilizing bidding and hosting regulations to be illegal, de-register anybody which fails to transform and bar sponsorship to anyone hostile to transformation.” Minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula said.

I do not agree with what the minister is saying as this will sacrifice quality for quantity, as there will be players in national and provisional teams, just to fill up the numbers and not because of the quality they bring to the teams. This therefore will decrease the quality of sports in South Africa, and will make our sports go backwards instead of developing and going forward.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with developing players, no matter what their race is, but the way this is implemented by the minister is incorrect and has caused a national wide criticism of the minister.   Minister Mbalula is supposed to promote and develop sport and now he threatens to penalize our sports teams.

Former South African test Captain Clive Rice had this to say about Minister Mbalula’s new quota plan. “It seems like Mbalula does not understand how failure on the playing field works. These politicians have no clue about what happens on the playing field. How many promising black players’ careers have been ruined by this obsession with quotas? It’s not about the numbers in a team, but the number of quality players. By only picking black players to get the numbers right, you sacrifice quality and it forces those players to play at a level they’re not ready for yet. You get exposed so easily if you’re not good enough for a certain level. “It ruins a player and then the minister must take responsibility for it. Nobody likes being pushed too early and then realize you are out of your depth, but let him continue. He’ll destroy the careers of a lot of black sportsmen,” Clive Rice.

This may be harsh words by the former cricket captain, but it is very true. Sportsmen and sportswomen should be chosen on merit and not because of what their skin colour is. All players should warrant their spot in the national and provisional sides. No player wants to be picked because of their skin colour, but because of their skill and talent in their sport code that they specialize in. What the Minister of Sports Mr. Fikile Mbalula should do is ensure that the disadvantaged aspiring sportsmen and women get the founding and opportunity to perform in the sports their specialize in, in boosting the grassroots projects in terms of money so that they can have the same opportunities’ as the privileged players have.

There should be no political influence in sports, all players should be chosen on merit and the skills they possess and have to offer in their respective sports codes. By this it will improve the sports in South Africa going forward and enable us to compete at higher levels with other countries and hopefully be the best in the world in years to come, not just in Cricket and Rugby but also in other sports, such as athletics, swimming and soccer.

The quota system has its positives as it gives an opportunity to players of colour to have an opportunity to play sports provisionally and nationally and it promotes more black players to showcase their talent, but the manner in which it is set out though is totally incorrect and sets out a negative message to the public and to the players. As a player of colour in South Africa today, your selection will always cause a national debate because of the quota system which has been put in practice by the government.

We saw this in the recently concluded T20 Champions League Cricket tournament which was hosted in India. The Cape Cobras and the Nashua Dolphins had at least two ethnic black players in their teams. Not saying that they do not belong there, but the system that has been put by the government and the exact two players from both side, will always cause a debate that the players were chosen according to their skin colour and not because of their ability.

As a player of colour in South Africa, you will always have a doubt about your selection in the provincial and national teams and will also doubt your ability, as it will be like you are chosen to fill up e certain number instead of being selected on your ability and what you can bring to the team. This system will kill our sports and players alike. Players want to be chosen on merit and not by the colour of their skin. The government and the respectful sports boards should have a look into the quota system, and scrap the idea, as it will make our sports go backwards and will kill the bright future we have. The nation should stand together and not be divided, especially by the quota system. We should fight this, and have teams of quality and ability. We have a very large pool of talented players in our sports, let us develop them and utilize them. Let the players be chosen on merit and not the skin of their colour.

 

By: Luzuko Sampo