Nearly 50 rugby players and coaches, including Adrian Jacobs, Peter de Villiers, and Kabamba Floors, also threw their weight behind the Black Lives Matter movement.
At the same time, they also praised Lungi Ngidi for his comments, while worrying about the lack of black coaches at national and provincial level.
“What was hidden is now in public for all to see. It is clear that there are also other white sports people in South Africa whose views are shaped by racism, ”the statement began.
It was also signed by Ashwin Willemse. He unleashed a media storm in 2018 when he walked out of the SuperSport studio on live television because he bumped heads with his fellow presenters, Nick Mallett and Naas Botha.
SuperSport said after an investigation into the incident that there was no racist action by Botha and Mallett, but Willemse did decide to approach the equality court about the incident.
According to the authors of the statement, SA Rugby has so far remained silent about the BLM movement.
“Although SA Rugby has made huge strides in ensuring that the player group is representative at national level, the exclusion of black head coaches and top administrators continues.”
The following were passed on as facts:
- 100% exclusion of black head coaches at Springbok, SA o. 20, Pro14, Super Rugby and Currie Cup level.
- 100% exclusion of black CEOs.
- 100% exclusion of black high performance drivers.
According to the players, they had not talked about the topics before because they were afraid they would lose their jobs.
“However, we can no longer live in fear and our voices will not remain silent. Since colonialism, there has been uninterrupted white control of top coaching and administrator positions. This inequality must stop. ”
Players and coaches who signed the statement: Mac Masina, John Williams, Ashwin Willemse, Adrian Jacobs, Wayne Julies, Vuyo Zangqa, Peter de Villiers, Thando Manana, Labeeb levy, Jonathan Mokuena, Paul Treu, David Manuel, Hilton Lobberts, Danwel Demas, Gary Boshoff, Deon Carelse, Nirven Arendse, Norman Jordaan, Eddie Fredericks, Johan Mettler, Wilbur Kraak, Anvor Schooney, Aschin Klein, Bronson Weir, Reginald Nutt, Chumani Booi, JP Kellerman, Jearus Nicholas, Carlos Katywa, Saaid Blake, Darryl Coeries, David Hendricks, Sino Ganto, Brendal Brandt, Sammy Horne, John Booysen, Travor Pieterse, Wylie Seroot, Tiger Mangweni, Denzil Frans, Neil Papier, Jerome Pietersen, Nazeem Adams, Warren Petersen, David Maidza, Therlow Pietersen, Kaya Malotana , Kabamba Floors and Chris October.