South Africa’s Black Sportswomen Speak Out: We’ve Had Enough Of Racism And Discrimination In Sport By Cheryl Roberts

16 Jul

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South Africa’s intergenerational black women in sport and sportswomen have taken up their space and are making their voices heard about #BlackLivesMatter. The black sportswomen, representing intergenerational girls and women in sport from junior sport to international sport, are speaking out against the racism, racial prejudice, gender discrimination and white privilege that has confronted them and continues to confront them in sport. The women in sport and sportswomen want it known they are tired of being silent and quiet, tired of getting the crumbs in sport, tired of the racism and racial prejudice they face, tired of the white privilege that dominates much of South African sport.The sportswomen say they’ve had enough of all of this and want it known that racism, racial prejudice, white privilege, gender discrimination and gender inequalities must be eliminated from the South African sports paradigm.

This is the full Statement Released By Black Sportswomen

Released publicly on Thursday, 16 July 2020.

South Africa’s Black Sportswomen Speak Out: We’ve Had Enough Of Racism And Discrimination In Sport

In this unequal society that we live in, we acknowledge the inequalities that exist in South African sport, especially gender, class and colour inequalities. We point out that discrimination based on these inequalities is vast in SA sport.
Racism and racial prejudice has been with us throughout the post-apartheid era of sport, despite us believing we had a new dawn emerging for all sportswomen. This racism and racial prejudice is prevalent in most sports, from school sport to international level. We are tired of white-dominated sports teams still existing in 26 year old post-apartheid SA. We’ve had enough of black sportswomen always having to prove themselves much more than white sportswomen, especially in netball and women’s hockey and women’s cricket.
We are tired of black girls being discriminated against in school sport where white coaches control selection in most school sports. We’ve had enough of white racist coaches who think white girls in sport are merit selections and black girls ‘must be developed’.
We’ve had enough of gender discrimination in sport. Why can’t women’s rugby and women’s football national league get sponsored? Is it because these sports are black-dominated? Where are the black African women cricket coaches and black African women batters in the SA women’s cricket team? Why do so few black women get game time in netball and hockey teams? Where are the black women coaches in athletics? Why do men control and dominate women’s sports?
We’ve had enough of racism, racial prejudice, discrimination and white privilege existing in South African sports. We, the sportswomen and women in sport are speaking out, with one voice. Hear our roars!

Signed By:


  1. Jo Prins – National League Netballer
  2. Noko Matlou – International footballer
  3. Zanele Mdodana – Former SA Netball Captain; Netball coach
  4. Thelma Achilles – Softball umpire
  5. Phumelela Mbande – International hockey player
  6. Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe – Women’s Rugby
  7. Dumisane Chauke – National netball coach
  8. Zethu Myeki – Pro golfer
  9. Rabia Isaacs – Softball player
  10. Ntambi Ravele – Woman in sport
  11. Nosipho Poswa – Girls rugby coach
  12. Aphiwe Tuku – International Fencer
  13. Jackie van Staade – Anti-apartheid tennis player
  14. Anam Tose – Women’s Springbok
  15. Cheryl Roberts – Women in sport media
  16. Hlengiwe Buthelezi – Athlete
  17. Chuma Qawe – Woman Springbok
  18. Tania Lewis – Internaional volleyball match official
  19. Kgothso Montjane – World Class wheelchair tennis player
  20. Mampho Tsotetsi – Former international netballer
  21. Ruth Saunders – Handball Official
  22. Deejay Manaleng – Para-athlete
  23. Malikah Hamza – National u21 training squad Girl hockey player
  24. Nadia Mgulwa – Tertiary Sport Administrator
  25. Nadeema Levy – Touch Rugby Administrator
  26. Mel Awu – Teriary Sport Administrator
  27. Nosipho Mthembu – International Canoeist
  28. Zoleka Bandla – Women’s Rugby
  29. Siviwe Duma – Pro Golfer
  30.  Qeku – former Protea
  31. Thulisile Nhleko – former SA Fast5
  32. Palesa Bhasta- National squad player
  33. Nonhle Gwavu  – former Protea
  34. Tumelo Nkoe – Netballer
  35.  Simnikiwe Mdaka – former Protea
  36.  Nthabiseng Moabi – former Protea
  37.  Tsakane Mbewe – former Protea
  38. Refiloe Mochaka – former Protea
  39. Hazel Gumede – former Coach

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