- Cosatu is once again attacking SA Rugby, this time focusing its attention on Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus
- The trade federation has accused Erasmus of treating black players like second-class citizens
- Cosatu is unhappy that only three black players are set to start Saturday’s match against the All Blacks
The Congress of South African Trade Unions is once again attacking SA Rugby, this time focusing its attention on Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus. Cosatu has accused Erasmus of treating black players in South Africa as if they were second-class citizens.
The trade federation is unhappy that only three black players are set to start in Saturday’s Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks in Wellington. Cosatu said in a statement it was speaking on behalf of many black players who had been angered by Erasmus’ team selection for Saturday.
Erasmus has been set a 45% transformation target for the 2018 season which will be upped to 50% for 2019. SA Rugby has controversially (according to Cosatu) decided to measure the transformation of the team over the course of an entire season and not match by match.
Briefly.co.za gathered that The 23 man starting squad for Saturday’s daunting match against the all-conquering All Blacks includes eight black players and is captained by Siya Kolisi, the first black player to captain the Springboks.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Cosatu’s statement went on to say that Erasmus’ team selection was a step backwards for black players and exposed his true attitude towards black players.
Cosatu said in form black players were losing their places in the starting line-up to white players who were receiving preferential treatment from Erasmus.
The statement listed poor performances from players such as Faf de Klerk, Willie le Roux, Handre Pollard and Francois Louw who had not been replaced by black players who were currently in a rich vein of form.
SA Rugby has not commented on Cosatu’s statement due to its non-comment policy.
Cosatu has made a habit of lashing out at SA Rugby at crucial times in the past, most recently the trade federation threatened to march against SA Rugby’s decision to award broadcasting rights to SuperSport.
Cosatu was also vocal in the Ashwin Willemse saga and claimed the Stellenbosch mafia was involved in manipulating the interests of rugby and trying to maintain it as a white’s only stronghold.
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