Bid to block Boks dropped

Date published: September 3 2015

The legal bid to block South Africa's World Cup squad from setting off to England has been dropped according to reports.

The Agency for New Agenda party (ANA) and its president Edward Mahlomola Mokhoanatse had sought an urgent order in the North Gauteng High Court to compel SARU and the South African sports department officials to surrender their passports so they could not travel to the tournament in England.

The complaint followed the announcement of Heyneke Meyer's 31-man squad for the tournament, which featured just nine black players.

However Judge Ntendeya Mavundla has revealed that the ANA have agreed to drop their bid after a day of legal negotiations between the two sides.

"In terms of the players who are supposed to go abroad, my understanding is that action is no longer sought," Mavundla said at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa's administrative capital.

While the Springboks would appear to be free to go to the tournament, Mavundla made clear his view that the sport still has a lot of work to do when it comes to transformation and increasing the number of black players at the highest level.

"It cannot be that, 21 years down the line, transformation is at a snail's pace in all sectors," he added.

As a result Mavundla has called for further investigation into the matter, which is of 'national interest' for South Africa.

"The only issue outstanding is they want a judicial inquiry to be appointed," explained Riaan Grundlingh, counsel for SARU.

"Obviously I'm happy (about the judge's decision)."