Afriforum to take on Cricket South Africa

AfriForum is considering legal action against Cricket South Africa, after the sports organisation announced plans to exclusively hire black consultants to speed up transformation.

After a meeting with the Department of Sport, CSA’s Acting CEO, Kugandrie Govender reportedly confirmed they intend to take this direction to address transformation.

The decision has resulted in AfriForum instructing its legal team to investigate the possibility of court action.

Further to that, the Institute for Race Relations has said that it will lodge a complaint with the International Cricket Council.

“CSA’s decision to exclusively hire black consultants can in no way be regarded as anything other than unjustifiable racial discrimination,” said AfriForum’s Head of Policy and Action, Ernst Roets. “It is concerning that it has become common for some forms of discrimination to be excused and justified as ‘necessary’ or ‘positive’. These are dangerous and blatant double standards that need to be opposed, and as a civil rights organisation AfriForum will do exactly that.”

There seems concern that current Proteas coach, Mark Boucher, was handed the job late last year ahead of former coach Enoch Nkwe, and former Proteas players like Jacques Kallis and Paul Harris were roped in to assist the national team during the England series last year, even though they didn’t have extensive provincial and international coaching experience.