SA trade union takes up racial battle

Date published: August 11 2015

Five black Springboks have approached South Africa's biggest trade union about their lack of playing opportunities during Tests.

That was the word from the Congress of South African Trade Unions' (Cosatu) Western Cape Cosatu chairperson Motlatsi Tsubane, who said the five players were joined by two white Boks, who also feel that too little was done to transform the team.

It is unclear whether the players are current or former Boks.

“Unfortunately for obvious reasons we are not in a position to give names because, at the end of the day, we still have to sit down and engage with them so they can give a clear overview of what is happening,” Tsubane told Sport24.

He said the players were scared to speak out as they feared they would be victimised.

“In the days to come, we are going to set up a meeting with them,” he added.

South Africa finished at the bottom of the Rugby Championship table aftersuffering a 37-25 defeat to Argentina in Durban at the weekend.

Cosatu provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich has called for a more racially representative Bok side to be picked for their next Test against Argentina in Buenos Aires on Saturday.