Dr Somadoda Fikeni: There will be more pressure on federations to transform

The decision to suspend the national cricket, rugby, netball and athlectics teams from bidding for international tournaments for lack of transformation has rattled sports bosses.

The announcement by Minister Fikile Mbalula on Monday followed a report by the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on transformation of the top sporting codes.

702's Stephen Grootes (standing in for John Robbie) spoke to chairperson of the EPG, Professor Somadoda Fikeni, regarding the contentious issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

For so many years, there were arguments where the teams said they were moving and there were no systematic or scientific way of exposing all dimensions.

Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Eminent Persons Group chairman

After some time, you begin to see what looked like change. We realised from the past three reports in some instance that these particular codes would take minorities such as Indian and Coloured.

Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Eminent Persons Group chairman

One of the reasons we noticed in some of these sports is that certain groups tend to traditionally and culturally identify with a particular sport. They hog that sport and not encourage any transformation.

Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Eminent Persons Group chairman

Fikeni said there will be a lot more pressure on the federations who are resistant to transformation, with the possibility of funding being withdrawn.

Even if you have competent persons who happen to be black in the national or regional they are simply not taken on board at all.

Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Eminent Persons Group chairman

Competence has colour in the country and that should not be a surprise because even if we've had our freedom for 22 years, attitudes and perceptions are still there.

Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Eminent Persons Group chairman
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