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Bridge the divide in SA sport

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Today, on the field, the players are saying – and we should be saying, too – that this country was built on racial inequality and the oppression of black people.


18 Jul 2020
PREMIUM!
Bridge the divide in SA sport

Makhaya Ntini's 100th Test was actually a curtain-call on his Test career. Photo: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images.

For years, it seems, we have been fed a lie by South African cricket – that the Protea team was a microcosm of the wondrous, united “Rainbow Nation”. It was heartbreaking to hear the truth yesterday, as Makhaya Ntini, the former South African fast bowler, describe how he felt lonely and isolated in a team of white players. He recalled sitting on his own at breakfast because his team-mates – the very ones who celebrated for the cameras when he took wickets – wouldn’t sit with him. He even started running between stadiums and hotels because he felt shunned by...

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