Mbalula takes racist insults over sport ban to SAHRC

Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that he’ll ban four sporting bodies from bidding for major events.

The minister says that kind of racism will not be tolerated.Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says he has approached the South African Human Rights Commission to report racism against him, following the delivery of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report last month.

Mbalula announced that he will ban the rugby, cricket, athletics and netball bodies from bidding for major events after failing to meet their transformation targets.

The decision was met with widespread criticism, some of which stemmed from high profile sports figures.

The minister says that kind of racism will not be tolerated.

"Since I made the announcement of EPG on transformation sport in South Africa, I have been denigrated, insulted and called with the k-word by some white 'supremacist. I am eagerly awaiting the SAHRC ruling on this blatant racism."

Earlier this week, Matthew Theunissen found himself in hot water after putting up a racist Facebook post in which he referred to the government using the k-word.

The Noordhoek man has apologised in an open letter for his racist Facebook post in which he referred to the government using the k-word.

On Wednesday, Theunissen was heard on the radio saying he regretted his actions.

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