2000

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE


RAMSAMY AND NOCSA SHOULD REMEMBER
THEY ARE ACCOUNTABLE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR SPORT

Although the UDM retains the point of view that in an ideal world politics and sport should be separated, we cannot discount the history of SA. Due to that history people who played a prominent role in the liberation struggle have moved on to high stations in the South African society, including sport administration, Sam Ramsamy is one such person.

Struggle credentials no longer provide the sort of immunity from criticism for bad performance that it did six years ago. It seems that in Mr Ramsamy's case the chickens have come home to roost. It is disingenuous of him now to claim that politics and sport should be separated.

We support the Minister in his genuine concern for what was a worse than expected Olympic performance, and in his assertion that Nocsa is not elevated above other sports bodies. Mr Ramsamy should have no doubts that he remains accountable to the citizens of SA and their elected public representatives. We urge Nocsa to accept and support the initiatives of the Minister, since things are clearly not well at Nocsa, as illustrated by the ill-considered decision to take a baseball team with no chance to Australia for repeated thrashings and humiliation, whilst a hockey team with an excellent track record was left behind.

Either Nocsa is out of touch with the sports codes that it represents, or Mr Ramsamy is abusing his position to fight personal battles.

The UDM has requested the Chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Sport to call Nocsa to account before the committee to report on the worse than expected Olympic performance. This matter is as much in the national interest as is the King Commission into cricket.

Enquiries:
Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Sport

Port Elizabeth
20 November 2000