Quo­tas? Not for Man­dela says Kolisi

The Rugby Paper - - News - ADAM EL­LIS

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.”

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