Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has noted with dismay racist remarks made by Matthew Theunissen following the release of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) Transformation report.
In a statement on Wednesday, he said he was dismayed by Theunissen’s remarks that were directed at government and the people it serves.
This, as Theunissen posted racist remarks on his Facebook page.
When receiving the report at the end of April, Minister Mbalula said the department has revoked the Athletics South Africa (ASA), Cricket South Africa (CSA), Netball South Africa (NSA) and South African Rugby (SARU) right to host and bid for major and mega international tournaments.
On Wednesday, the Minister said the country’s national imperative is to transform and make sport inclusive, fair and equitable.
“The EPG Transformation Report recognises that the playing field in sport is unequal. This recognition is what some of our white people must understand. Levelling the playing field is not a racist and divisive exercise rather one that integrates society,” said the Minister.
Following the EPG Transformation Report, the Ministry and Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa received messages of support for its transformation drive.
Minister Fikile Mbalula noted the messages and thanked all conscious South Africans who are fully aware of the inequalities that exist in sport and the task at hand to address and eradicate them.
“What we cannot undo however are racist people who believe one race is superior to the other. We owe no explanation to people like Matthew who have no national interest at heart but are blinded by privilege thinking that some of our sporting codes are an exclusive property of a certain race in our society.
“Our white compatriots and the majority in our country believe in and accepts the need for transformation as a process to bring about unity and social cohesion,” explained Minister Mbalula.