Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula has announced that the South African Rugby Union‚ Cricket South Africa‚ Athletics South Africa and Netball South Africa are barred from hosting international tournaments‚ due to their failure to meet their transformation targets.
The minister made the announcement during the release of the Eminent Persons Group on Transformation in Sport in Pretoria on Monday.
Last May‚ the Department of Sports and Recreation‚ South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and a number of South Africa's sporting federations signed a memorandum of agreement to transform along racial and gender lines‚ and to include more people with disabilities.
Listen to the Xolani Gwala interviewing Minister Mbalula below...
Last year we agreed with all the top five federations on the terms, conditions and agreements on the target they'd reach in their different codes and we explained that the EPG will make an annual evaluation of the performance in terms of the parameter of each federation in the six dimensional scorecard that we've set for ourselves.— Fikile Mbalula, Sports Minister
It's not like we woke up and we had a big dream, and today we thought we must punish. Federations themselves understand what we are about and what we are doing.— Fikile Mbalula, Sports Minister
This is just the beginning. We could have gone in for punitive measures, for example deregister, but we have interest of sports. For the progress we have noted that they are making, it's equally important that we note that, and they should do more with all our support. And should they be resistant on the good work that has already been undertaken, we will double up on the punitive measures going forward.— Fikile Mbalula, Sports Minister