The Independent Civic Organization of South Africa (Icosa) demands that SA Rugby appoint 60% coaches of color by 2021.
Icosa says in a statement that the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) supported by various sports codes can only succeed “if the voice of the Khoi and the San is heard”.
According to Icosa, the aspirations of colored sports coaches and players in recent years have been subtly and strategically undermined by racist national laws and specifically colored sports leaders.
Icosa also says it does not go unnoticed that there are now people within a certain grouping who suddenly have the courage of their conviction to speak out and criticize the broken system.
According to Icosa, however, the voices of these people were silent in 2015 when Dawid Kamfer (now Western Cape leader of Icosa) and a group called Sara addressed the “injustices” within SA Rugby and burned out a Springbok jersey.
Icosa further says it takes note of SA Rugby’s 2030 transformation plans. According to Icosa, there are capable brown coaches who have come through the broken system and who can serve at any level within SA Rugby.
Icosa says that 60% of coaches of different colors must be appointed by 2021 “or the British Lions can only take a detour to Argentina”. According to Icosa, no rugby tour to South Africa will take place if there is no transformation.
Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, says when asked, the Springboks proved in 2019 that diversity is a force in South Africa and the sport thanks to a diverse team and management structure.
According to him, however, there has undoubtedly been a failure to provide opportunities for black coaches. “Although there have been cases when all four senior national teams had black coaches, we would agree that the appointment and promotion of black coaches across the spectrum was inadequate. We have expressed our concern about this in public on several occasions and in the recent past.