SA Rugby taken to Human Rights Commission over alleged racism at match

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after a group of black fans were allegedly racially abused at Loftus during the Rugby Championship match between the Springboks and New Zealand in October 2018.

They were also ridiculed as members of the EFF because of the red jerseys they were wearing. “We were dressed in unique red special-edition Springbok rugby jerseys that were commissioned by the SA Rugby Union (Saru) to mark the 25th anniversary of ‘rugby unity’ in SA.

“Whilst we were walking towards the Gate 11 entrance‚ an unknown white man pointed towards us and uttered the following words to his friend: ‘Kyk hier‚ hulle is die EFF.’ “The only inference I could draw from the use of the acronym EFF is that he was referring to EFF‚ a political party.

“As I was digesting this comment and its import‚ his unknown friend pointed in our direction and uttered the following words: ‘Ja‚ kyk hier die bobbejaan.’ “One of my friends said a banana was thrown in our direction as we walked away, but I didn’t see that incident.

“I immediately confronted ‘unknown white man 2’ for calling us ‘bobbejaan’ by grabbing his arm as he was walking past and asked him what he had just said.

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