Springbok player Siya Kolisi has revealed that he does not believe that the late Nelson Mandela would have approved racial quotas for the national team
Springbok player Siya Kolisi has caused waves after comments he had made about the racial quotas currently in place in sports.
Speaking to a Japanese news agency during his recent visit, Kolisi had said:
"I don't think he (Mandela) would have supported that (quotas), but I don't know him.”
"I would not want to be picked because of my skin colour because that surely would not be good for the team, and the guys around you would know." he had gone on to say.
The former president had become a supporter of rugby, despite being dominated by white participants when he had become president in 1994.
A movie has even been made about the support Mandela had given the 1995 Springbok team during their World Cup victory, even going as far wearing a replica jersey of captain Francois Pienaar during the final.
Currently, there is an agreement between South African rugby officials and the goverment, stating that half of the team representing the country at the upcoming World Cup should be black.
Many South Africans were angered by the player's comments, taking to social media to voice their concern.
A common theme among critics had been that Kolisi owed his place on the national team to the quota system.
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