Quotas? Not for Mandela says Kolisi
SOUTH Africa’s first black captain Siya Kolisi has spoken out against the selection policy regarding racial parity in the Springboks squads, saying Nelson Mandela would not have supported the SARU’s quota system.
In 2018, the SARU’s target for black representation in Springboks squads was 45 per cent – a figure met only once in 14 Tests by head coach Rassie Erasmus and the South Africa coaching team.
And with that percentage set to be increased to 50 per cent under the SA Rugby’s Strategic Transformation Plan in 2019, Kolisi was asked his thoughts about the quota system and whether it was in keeping with the values of the country’s late president Nelson Mandela.
“I don’t think he (Mandela) would have supported that, but I didn’t know him,” Kolisi said. “You shouldn’t put a number on stuff like that. If you want to talk about transformation, you have got to start there at a grassroots level.”