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Court Action Filed to Keep Springboks from Heading to 2015 Rugby World Cup Due to Lack of Transformation

If the Agency for New Agenda (ANA) has it’s way, the Springboks might not be playing in this year’s Rugby World Cup.

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This is the latest development in the ongoing drama surrounding the newly announced national rugby team as they prepare for the quadrennial Rugby World Cup set to take place from 18 September to 31 October in England this year.

“The Agency for New Agenda (ANA) party is taking the South African Rugby Union to court in Pretoria seeking an order that would force players and officials to surrender their passports, preventing them from flying to London on the grounds that the government’s policy on transformation has not been met with the Springboks’ squad, which was announced last Friday, being mainly white,” Paul Rees writes for The Guardian.

Read the article for a better understanding of what is going on:

Edward Mahlomola Mokhoanatse, the ANA president, said: “The action is a public duty to defend our constitution and to consign to the rubbish bin of history all vestiges and remnants of racial bigotry, racial exclusion and discrimination. Mokhoanatse added he would be asking the North Gauteng high court to establish a judicial commission of inquiry into “the lack of transformation in South Africa rugby”.

However, Daily Maverick‘s Antoinette Muller figures this is a “cheap political stunt” and believes it won’t hold up in court. Read her article:

An unknown political party, the Agency for New Agenda (ANA) party, formerly known as South Africa First, will be taking South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbabula and the South Africa Rugby Union (Saru) to court on Tuesday. Their mission? To stop the Springboks from playing at the Rugby World Cup in England and Wales next month.

It might sound like a headline from ZANEWS, but the party said its president, Edward Mahlomola Mokhoanatse, will be in the North Gauteng High Court this week to get Saru and Department of Sport and Recreation officials to hand over their passports so they cannot travel to the tournament.

Read Kevin McCallum’s article for The Star on the controversy facing the Springboks, in which he also quotes from Politically Incorrect: The Autobiography by Peter de Villiers and Gavin Rich:

Peter de Villiers has spoken. Springbok rugby is in the gutter. It is a national shame and an insult to black intelligence. It wasn’t like this is in his day. Heyneke Meyer should be put up against the wall.

But yesterday, in an Afrikaans Sunday newspaper, De Villiers told South Africans they should stop fighting about the make-up of the team and support the Springboks at the World Cup. Meyer, he said, has chosen a good group and his right to choose his team should never be taken away from him. South Africans should wait to see what results this team produces at the World Cup and then criticise him, if it is necessary.

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