This week AfriForum lodged a complaint on behalf of women netball players and their parents against Netball South Africa.
The complaint concerns junior netball players who did not make the team after the final school qualifiers because of skin colour.
AfriForum says it had no choice but to complain with the International Netball Federation. According to AfriForum, all other possible local ways have been exhausted in an attempt to resolve the dispute through internal NSA structures.
AfriForum says that it analyzed the respective players’ scorecards and concluded that players who could have taken the team on merit were excluded due to their race. A racial quota system for the inclusion of athletes, coaches, and managers is in direct conflict with the INF regulations, the International Olympic Committee, and the Commonwealth Games Federation, which prohibits any form of racial discrimination in sport.
South African School Netball and Gauteng School Netball are both affiliated with Netball South Africa, which in turn is affiliated with the INF – and thus falls under the INF.
The organization believes that at least a prima facie case against NSA violates the INF’s statutes and regulations. For this reason, AfriForum requested the federation to refer AfriForum’s complaint to a disciplinary or otherwise investigation panel.
“Political interference in sport has already caused significant damage at various levels and across many sports. The basic principles of the sport are being undermined, and racial quotas make meritocracy and healthy competition a joke, ”said Ernst van Zyl, campaign officer for strategy and content at AfriForum.
“AfriForum is committed to protecting integrity and fairness in sport at all levels and intends to continue to apply pressure on sports bodies that turn sport into a racial issue. The sense of self-worth and potential sports careers of young people are in the balance. ”