Black Netball SA president faces complaint of racism after her remarks earlier this year at SA championships
The civil rights organization AfriForum instructed its legal team on Friday to lodge a complaint against Cecilia Molokwane, president of Netball South Africa (NSA).
In the complaint, NSA is requested to investigate the president after AfriForum received complaints that Molokwane allegedly misbehave and made racist remarks at the South African championship in August this year in Johannesburg.
AfriForum said in a media statement on Friday that it had delivered a lawyer’s letter from Daniël Eloff, on behalf of Hurter Spies Attorneys in Pretoria, to the NSA’s office in Arcadia, Pretoria, and sent an email to CEO Blanche de la Guerre .
AfriForum does not say in its media statement that it is acting on its behalf.
He claimed members of the public heard on August 1 at the time of the match on lane 1 between Northern Cape team ZF Mgcawu and Waterberg of Limpopo how a group of supporters made obscene and disparaging comments about the players and the referees.
AfriForum claims the supporters were incited by Molokwane with “negative comments that affect the dignity of players”.
She also allegedly incited them with “derogatory, race-based remarks to injure certain players”.
According to AfriForum, Molokwane also said the teams did not adhere to the quota system and did not select black players due to racism.
AfriForum does not clearly state which teams Molokwane would refer to.
These teams compete in the Seniors’ Division B5 AfriForum Competition.
According to AfriForum, he also currently supports Marguerite Rootman, former coach of the Baobabs, who participated in the national Premier League (Telkom National League).
AfriForum claims Rootman has been replaced by an unqualified black coach.
According to the organization, Anna Ledwaba, Rootman’s successor, has only a level 1 qualification.
Henk Maree, AfriForum’s spokesperson on sport, says in the statement Molokwane’s actions and statements are “totally unacceptable”.
“One would expect that someone in her position would rather try to promote netball in South Africa, but at this stage it would appear that she is only there to benefit certain players.”
Maree says AfriForum will approach the International Netball Federation (INF) on the issues.
Network24 reached out to NSA for comment Friday afternoon, but received no response.
* Molokwane is one of the nominees as Administrator of the Year for the South African Sports Awards, presented in Durban on Sunday. NSA has been nominated in six divisions.