Call to probe turning away of black pupil at hockey trials
NORTH West Premier Thandi Modise has called on the Human Rights Commission to investigate allegations made by a Brits pupil who says she was turned away from hockey trials in Rustenburg because she is black.
The Wagpos Hoërskool, Brits, pupil said she was unhappy about the incident.
Rego Modise, a Grade 11 pupil at the North West school, said she persuaded her parents to drive her to Hoërskool Grenswag for Bokkie Week trials after being given approval by her coach.
All seemed well when she was allowed to register after producing her birth certificate and paying a R30 fee.
But everything changed when she and two white pupils later met coach Louis Koen, who enquired who had sent them.
Rego said yesterday: "I told him I was sent by my coach. He then asked me: 'Didn't they tell you anything else?' and I said no. Then he told me that Bokkie Week was for white kids only."
Modise said: "It's an affront to our democracy that exclusive sporting events organised along racial lines are still happening."
The premier was responding to a statement ascribed to CEO of Afrikaner Volkseie Sport, Peter Stans, to the effect that Rego had not been invited for the trials, which were for "Afrikaner" children only.
MEC for education Louisa Mabe confirmed that her department would investigate the incident.