Sports minister Xasa's allegations unfounded - Solidarity

Clear that minister has not read the court papers in the anti-quota case

Sport quotas: Solidarity looking forward to meeting top lawyers in court

In response to Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa’s sensational remark about the trade union’s court case on quotas in sport, trade union Solidarity requested the minister to drop her unfounded allegations and to first study Solidarity’s application before passing comment on its contents.

This comes after the minister on Monday allegedly said that Solidarity was frustrating the so-called transformation agenda and that it wanted to preserve the apartheid agenda by means of the court case. In view of this, the minister was evidently going to instruct the country’s top lawyers to oppose the application.

According to Anton van der Bijl, head of Solidarity’s Labour Law division, this type of sensational politicking was to be expected in the run-up to the national elections in 2019. “It is shocking that a minister can make such statements. It is clear that the minister has not deigned herself to read the court papers before criticising it. I challenge the minister to substantiate any of her points of criticism by quoting any such references in our application,” Van der Bijl emphasised.

Van der Bijl contends that if the minister reads the court papers she would clearly notice that Solidarity’s case is not propagating an anti-transformation agenda as such as she claims it does, but that it aims to have the one-sided, racially-based quota system declared unlawful. “The extent to which the minister and several sports federations impose race as sole criterion for team selection flies in the face of the constitutional rights players and the public have,” Van der Bijl said.

“We are looking forward to meeting her and the country’s top lawyers – the latter unfortunately being paid for by the taxpayer – in court,” Van der Bijl concluded.

Statement issued by Anton van der Bijl, Solidarity: Head Labour Law Services, 9 May 2018