Cosatu’s demands for the Bok s

Cosatu’s demands for the Bok squad to be announced on Friday

As far as World Cup squad announcements go, Friday’s squad will be more closely monitored than any other announcement in South Africa’s history.

Cosatu’s demands for the Bok s

Ah, that heady mix of politics and sport which you just cannot escape. Cosatu, who earlier this month claimed that five black Boks had raised concerns over game time with them, has tabled their demands for the World Cup squad to be announced on Friday.

Cosatu held a meeting with Bok supporters on Wednesday night and have listed a number of demands for the World Cup squad which is due to be announced. In a statement, Cosatu said: “This Rugby team belongs to the entire nation, not to some Boere mafia who have controlled it for a long time.”

The meeting, led by Tony Ehrenreich and attended by former coach Peter de Villiers, attempted to map a transformation plan for South African rugby – for the short and long term.

They added that the coach plays white players “out of position” which is a sign that “something else is driving the decision in rugby selection”. If their demands, listed below, are not met, Cosatu threatened protest action at the World Cup games in England.

Cosatu’s demands for the squad announcement:

  • A more representative team going to this World Cup, more than ever before, including compliance with the selection agreements with Government.
  • We want the black players who are in the squad to get game time, not only be bag carriers.
  • Jean De Villiers should not be included in the squad because he is not match fit. It’s this arrogance of the SARU establishment that thinks they can reserve spots for certain players, in place of form black and white players.
  • We want a publicly announced development plan to be negotiated with all rugby teams, post the World Cup, which moves funds from white support to black support.
  • We want Government to be stricter about transformation commitments from sponsors and sponsorship, before corporate sponsorships can be eligible for tax rebates.
  • We want the funding of the school sport facilities to promote black development as white schools already have the facilities.