South African captain Siya Kolisi has weighed in his comments on the quota system that demands 50 percent of the springbok players for this year’s world cup should be black causing a major stir among the fans.
Kolisi believes even Nelson Mandela himself would not have supported the system saying selection should not be based on color. In the interview he insists that better systems should be put in place from the grass root levels.
“I don’t think he [Mandela] would have supported that [quotas], but I don’t know him.” Kolisi told Japanese news agency Kyodo News.
“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.”
“You should not put a number on stuff like that.”
“If you want to talk about [racial] transformation, you have got to start there [grassroots level].
“Imagine if I had not gone to an English [high] school. I would not have eaten properly, I would not have grown properly.
“Maybe in the Currie Cup [domestic championship] you can try guys out and push people in and see how they do.
“But you cannot just [pick someone in the Springboks side because of his colour]. In South Africa, it is tough because we want results and transformation.”
Many fans seemed not to be amused by Kolisi’s comments taking to twitter to express their feelings on the same.
Dear #SiyaKolisi – whatever your views, a #democracy entitles you to have them. You are captain because you are an exceptional player and regardless of whatever other hatefulness is spewed on Twitter, I am proud that YOU are our captain.
— DiBayley Saoirse (@dibayley11) January 7, 2019
The reaction to Siya Kolisi simply voicing an opinion is indicative of how we silence any opinion that deviates from the narrative. Rather than attacking his opinion he is personally attacked. We have lost the art of discourse and debate in our public discussions. #SiyaKolisi
— Daniël Eloff (@DJEloff) January 7, 2019
I bet you if it wasn’t for transformation policies, even 8-meals-a-day eating black players would still be overlooked in favour of white players. So we need a combination of both – sports development from grassroots levels + transformation policies #Siyakolisi
— MaMkholo (@Ndumi_Mabza) January 7, 2019
lol, but Siya plek plek has a point, although he doesn't really know how to explain it, we need to develop our Black sport in the low level, Academically and Technically, our Gov. is failing on that side, There's no longer sport day (eziSpotini) in school these days
— Mashiya (@lusindis) January 7, 2019