SPORT TRANSFORMATION PARLIAMENTARY STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, UDM PRESIDENT (24 MAY 2007)

Chairperson and honourable Members; The UDM would like to commend those sport codes that have introduced transformation plans and goals. We are starting to see some players from disadvantaged communities, who have been given a chance, earning their colours on merit. What this country needs to do is invest more in sport and ensure that the players that represent South Africa will deliver on the international stage and make this nation proud.

We noted the fracas in rugby last week, which was followed up by confusing statements emanating from the rugby leadership. This once more demonstrated that many people think transformation means an exclusive focus on individual players and filling quotas, whereas the style of doing things and the functioning of the sport's management, remains unchanged. This is incorrect. Transformation must happen in all facets of sporting codes, not just team selection.

Finally, we wish Jake White and our boys success in the forthcoming international rugby tests. What we cannot deny is the fact that South Africa has got an abundance of talented players, who come from all communities. We are confident that they can take us to the highest level of the World Cup in France this year.

The challenge is on the coach, selectors, and rugby management to ensure that the best team represents the country at that competition.

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