Protests mar Loftus Test

Two protest marches will take place outside Loftus Versfeld before the Vodacom Tri-Nations match.

The Freedom Front (FF) are petitioning against “government interference in sport”, while black rugby clubs in Gauteng will march against “the slow pace of transformation”.

The rugby clubs would be acting under the auspices of the Transformation and Anti-racism committee, according to an SABC news report.

FF spokesperson Willie Spies said party leader Pieter Mulder and about 30 volunteers, dressed in orange party T-shirts, were hoping for 5 000 signatures of rugby fans who are against interference in sport.

“We believe that players should be selected on merit and not because the government has the power to interfere. It should not be based along racial lines,” Spies told News24.

Meanwhile, Vuyo Makhaya, an organiser of the march favouring a faster pace of transformation told SABC radio news: “Everything is on track, busses will be coming from different clubs. Our programme starts at 13:45pm … just before kick-off.

It’s going to be a peaceful march. We will communicate our message peacefully and we hope it’s going to go well.”