South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins says they feel as if they are being targeted by government officials.
Government officials have been scathing in their criticism of the organisation and particularly its prime asset, the Springboks, in the last two years. Sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile has lead the dissenting voices, with Butana Komphela and Cedric Frolick from the portfolio committee on sport, following closely.
Hoskins has clearly had enough and is frustrated at the injustice of being singled out for special attention.
“It feels as if the government’s interest is not the same for all sports codes,” Hoskins told Rapport.
“It difficult for us. We are subjected to a lot more criticism than other codes. First, it was the jersey and the [Springbok] emblem, then we were trouble makers and racists and now they want to take away the stadiums.
“I’m getting really frustrated. There is no perfect sport in South Africa – all have problems with racism, finances or management. I just wish everyone could be handled the same way under the constitution. ”
The Springbok emblem has been hotly debated in recent weeks, with government insisting that it shift to the right of the jersey to accommodate the King Protea as the national sporting emblem across all codes.
The presidents council meet on 1 December and Hoskins confirmed this was on the agenda for discussion.
“We know what the government want, despite the fact that the legislation has not been passed yet,” he said.
“We want to follow the law and will discuss the practical implications of the emblem shift. Our kit supplier (Canterbury) have produced a lot of the kit already – and we will have to hear from them whether it would be possible to shift the emblem by the Lions tour next year.”