South African youths march against racism in sport

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Youth League of the ANC Friday led a large march to the office of Cape Town Mayor Peter Marais in support of efforts of the South African Football Association to play football at the Newlands rugby stadium.
The stadium, once a bastion of white rugby, is at the centre of a row after largely white residents objected to football, which attracts predominantly black supporters being played there.
ANC Youth League Provincial Secretary Jabu Mfusi accused the Democratic Alliance, which holds office in the Western Cape, of wanting to exclude and destroy the game of soccer.
"This attitude leads to a denial of access to other social facilities in Cape Town, particularly youth from historically disadvantaged communities," Mfusi charged.
"While we have realised a democratic order in 1994 and reaffirmed it in 1999, we are still faced by racist practices in the Western Cape," he said.
He said the ANC could never allow a situation where people, who refuse to accept change, decide to reintroduce racist laws.
"As the youth we demand that the DA government and Council extend recreational facilities to poor areas such as Phillippi, Elsies River, Khayelitsha, Mitchell's Plain and Guguletu," he added.

20 april 2001 22:02:00




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