AfriForum shows its discontent over quotas as follows:
Where we currently stand:
As part of AfriForum and Solidarity’s joint campaign against the use of quotas in sport, Solidarity will argue in the Johannesburg Labour Court on 6 March that the Transformation Charter must be set aside, which would end the implementation of sport quotas at various sporting bodies.
AfriForum is of the opinion that this charter’s manner of race classification is based on the same division as that which people were classified with in the past apartheid era. The numerical targets that sport federations set was exclusively based on the racial profile of the South African civilisation. It is, in other words, absolute quotas that are in direct conflict with the Constitution.
In March 2017, per the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), AfriForum and Solidarity forced the Department of Sport and Recreation to disclose information regarding its transformation targets in sport. Based on this, AfriForum and Solidarity served court documents on 2 May 2017 which challenged the South African Rugby Union (Saru), Cricket South Africa (CSA), Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Netball South Africa (NSA) to defend their agreed race quotas before the Labour Court. In accordance with the Transformation Charter Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa will have, among other things, the power to suspend a sport federation’s funding if she is unhappy with the race representation in the particular sport.
AfriForum realises that no instant solution exists for the crisis of poverty and unemployment in South Africa but at the same time believes that the most important component of the solution has its seat in getting the education system into shape. The mindset of the ANC and government is however that the problem could be solved by making all levels of civilisation representative of the national demographic (in other words with roughly 80% black and only roughly 8% white). This is done through enforcing a quota system on, among others, sports teams. AfriForum fundamentally disagrees with this approach. The centre of the difference is that government’s suggested solution (quotas) is an outcomes-based approach, as it merely considers the statistics and then uses these statistics as the measure to determine whether people are empowered. AfriForum advocates an input-based approach, where the emphasis is on training and development.
Apartheid was based on the idea that the country does not comprise a single nation, but rather four racial groups. The question currently is what the criterium for race classifications is and who has the power to classify races.
According to Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, the application of sport quotas in South Africa is in contravention of various international agreements that South Africa signed and ratified. “It is ironic that the ruling party now applies quotas, while it pleaded with international bodies in 1970 that sportspeople must be judged based on merit. We therefore still stand by the view that merits are the only factor in the composition of sports teams.”
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