Cosatu to meet Saru, DStv officials over planned All Blacks-Springboks picket

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has threatened to picket Saturday's Rugby Championship clash between South Africa and New Zealand in Cape Town.

The All Blacks will be playing against the Springboks at Newlands Stadium for the first time in almost 20 years.

Only households with DStv subscriptions and access to Supersport are currently able to watch Springbok matches live, explains Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich.

The trade union federation wants test match rugby to be televised on the SABC TV, for the majority of South Africans to enjoy.

Ehrenreich says the sport should be televised by the public broadcaster and not be reserved for an elite group.

Our concern is that only about 20% of South Africans can see the game live.

Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu's Western Cape provincial secretary general

It's completely unacceptable that a sport, that gets so much public finds and support from the country, is dominated by DStv.

Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu's Western Cape provincial secretary general

Majority of the population cannot see the sport live.

Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu's Western Cape provincial secretary general

He claims that the South African Rugby Union (Saru) wants to make profit at the cost of the majority.

The picket is designed to expose the inequity in sport.

Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu's Western Cape provincial secretary general

It's a national interest and should have a national benefit.

Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu's Western Cape provincial secretary general

Cosatu will meet with the Ministry of Sport, Saru and DStv representatives on Thursday, to discuss the playing of international rugby matches involving the Springboks on SABC TV.

The outcomes of the meeting will determine whether the planned picket will proceed or not, Ehrenreich advises.

Take a listen to him make his argument over why live matches should be accessible to all:


This article first appeared on 702 : Cosatu to meet Saru, DStv officials over planned All Blacks-Springboks picket


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