Durban – AfriForum’s chief executive, Kallie Kriel, has sent a letter to Saru saying it was considering boycotting next year’s Vodacom Cup as the decision was not in the “interest of rugby players of all races”.
He said that Saru had elected to support the ANC’s “racially divisive ideology” and had turned its back on young players and regular supporters of the game.
Kriel, however, said his organisation was “in favour of rugby development as a mechanism to provide everyone the opportunity to participate in rugby and will support it wholeheartedly”.
Speaking to the Daily News on Thursday, Kriel said it was incorrect to focus solely on the numbers and questioned Saru’s thinking.
“Quotas do not confront the issue of player development,” he said, citing the Blue Bulls as an example. “Most of the black players come from former Model C schools. They are imported from the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape from a young age to schools in Pretoria, where they are away from their families for months. It’s like child labour.
“We would prefer if Saru says, ‘give us a report (and) host development workshops in disadvantaged communities’,” he said.
Saru, whose officials were in Johannesburg preparing for the test match in celebration of Nelson Mandela tomorrow, was unavailable to comment. Its spokesman said they would respond to Kriel’s letter once they received it.