- Olympic gold champion, Caster Semenya, is battling the IAAF in court this week in an attempt to overturn a new ruling on her testosterone levels
- Government confirmed funding of R25 million has been set aside to assist with the legal battle
- Angry South Africans reacted to the news and criticised the government for prioritising the issue over many other pressing matters
Briefly.co.za previously reported that the South African government is supporting Caster Semenya’s appeal against a new ruling by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) to the tune of R25-million.
Essentially, the new ruling means that DSD (differences of sexual development) athletes) athletes should now take testosterone suppressants going forward.
The South African government took exception to the ruling and has pledged to support Semenya’s cause.
So much so, that a whopping R25 million has been budgeted for to assemble an elite team of legal and medical experts.
Angry South Africans took to social media to vent their frustration as they feel the financial backing is excessive.
Jacob Nkosi said, “Government is very good at funding rubbish.”
Bruce Les received a lot of support when he commented: “Caster must choose one side.. Full stop, you can't be a man in marriage and be a women on competitions.. hhay hhay!!”
Pholosho Sebolao touched on the pit toilet saga: “We have kids dying in pit toilets and our government is interested in fighting testosterone for about 25 mil.”
Most South Africans wanted to know why the money couldn’t be allocated towards the embattled power utility, Eskom, or other issues affecting the masses.
Puleng Mokebisa Makhonxa said, “If government has 25 million, why doesn't it use that money to bail Eskom?”
Tymon Mwambungu added, “That's a man's body. It's not fair to the ladies competing with her.”
Jimsa Sebotso also said, “This country, haaaaiiii,I give up, no housing, no water, no electricity but 25million.”
Mike Dube summed it up nicely: “25 million on one person how RDP houses can you build with that money how many families can you feed with that money.”
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