Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has added his voice to the transformation debate claiming that the late former President Nelson Mandela wouldn’t have supported it.
During an interview on Kyodo News during his recent trip in Japan, Kolisi, who is the first black captain of the national rugby team, says transformation should begin at grassroots levels and not on the senior side.
“I don’t think [Mandela] would have supported that…You shouldn’t put a number on stuff like that.
“If you want to talk about transformation, you have to start there [at grassroots level,” he said.
Kolisi continued: “Imagine if I hadn’t gone to an English school. I wouldn’t have eaten properly, I wouldn’t have grown properly and I wouldn’t have had the preparation that the other boys did.
“I wouldn’t want to be picked because of my skin colour because that surely wouldn’t be good for the team and the guys around you would know.”
His comments have been met with heavy backlash on Twitter with many strongly arguing that the racial quota system is a necessary tool for redress.