The controversial new Sport and Recreation Amendment Bill is set to place Sports Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, at the centre of everything that happens in South African sport.
The Bill will allow the minister to introduce quotas to influence team selection, as well as implement the following concerning new laws:
- The role of recognized Sport Confederations will in some cases be replaced with only the ministers.
- Sports bodies will no longer be able to arrange international events or meetings without the consent of the minister.
- Disputes between sports bodies will only be resolved by the minister via a tribunal.
- The Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), is basically deprived of all rights.
- The minister will be able to regulate the appointments of foreign coaches. Cricket SA or professional football (SAFA) will therefore have to obtain permission from the minister to make appointments in this regard.
- Sports promoters will be regulated.
- The minister will henceforth be the only person to award Protea colours and the powers of federations and Sascoc will be limited to recommendations.
- Private gyms will have to be licensed by and report to the Minister of Sport.
This is in direct contrast to the ban by the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the Commonwealth Games on government interference in sports codes of countries.
We must act now to stop this direct political interference in South African sport!