After Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi said he doesn't believe that the late statesman Nelson Mandela would have supported the quota system in rugby, his comments landed him in hot water on social media.
Thami, a caller on the Eusebius McKaiser Show weighed in on Kolisi stance and says, for the most part, he agrees with what Kolisi said.
He was speaking from his own personal experience and how it worked for him to come to a place where he was within the rugby fraternity. It was because he was natured at a well-resourced school where he can compete with other white players who were privileged.— Thami, caller
Eusebius, on the other hand, posed a question and asked whether inequality at the level of access to resources and opportunity correlate with who is more or less lightly to be picked for a team? And he says the answer is yes.
Is Siya Kolisi right to point to that? He is right, is it specific to sport? Not even. The same is true for education, the same is true of careers within corporate South Africa, its true of society in general. Without resources and opportunity meeting luck, you will never reach your full potential.— Eusebius McKaiser, Show Host
He adds that while we are trying to tackle the historical legacy of resourced disparities that was at the heart of colonialism and apartheid, does that mean that affirmative action on the basis of gender or race has no place as part of a toolkit with which we are trying to approach the legacies of the past?
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