Errol Tobias says SA rugby should do away with the term 'quota'

The first black man to play a rugby Test for the South African national side, Errol Tobias says the term 'quota' must be done away with, describing it is an insult to players.

Parliament's Sports Committee says the apparent 'fall out' involving rugby analyst Ashwin Willemse and former Springboks, Naas Botha and Nick Mallet , was unfortunate.

READ: 'Suspend Mallett and Botha'- Ministry of Sport

Willemse was analysing a match between the Lions and the Brumbies on-air when he accused Botha and Mallet of patronising him.

In the clip, Willemse says that despite his hard work and dedication to the sport, he was continuously called a quota player during his rugby days.

ALSO READ: 'Let's stop talking about quotas and talk about transformation'

Speaking to Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive Tobias says he was shaken by the incident.

With regards to quota, I can tell you this, every player of colour selected after me, was quality and the word quota was brought into the frame just to spearhead the process of developing younger players of colour. All of these guys have been quality, right up to Willemse himself.

Errol Tobias, first black man to play a rugby Test for the South African national side

I think it is utter nonsense, this big hype in regard to quota. I think we should forget about this name 'quota'. It is an insult for anyone that has played for South Africa. We should forget about it.

Errol Tobias, first black man to play a rugby Test for the South African national side

Talking about his experience at Super Sport, Tobias says he received some push back from his collegues.

I was treated fairly up to a stage where I became the most popular person in that porgramme and from thereon I could feel there was resistance from my fellow compatriots. At the end of the day I was not awarded a contract for the next season, I never got behind the truth for what was the reasons for not renewing my contract.

Errol Tobias, first black man to play a rugby Test for the South African national side

I think I was too popular and my colour was wrong.

Errol Tobias, first black man to play a rugby Test for the South African national side

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