Racism rife in Namibian sports: Kambaekua

06 Jun 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 JUN (NAMPA) – Racism in Namibian sports is rife and has become a daily experience for many sportspeople, New Era Senior Sports Journalist, Carlos Kambaekua said on Tuesday.
Kambaekua was speaking during a presentation at the public hearing on racism organised by the office of the Ombudsman.
The veteran sport reporter singled out the issue of Theo ‘Kwaaikie’ Coetzee, a Wanderers rugby player, who last year reportedly called Patrick Mulumba a “swart bobbejaan”, translated to “black baboon” from Afrikaans.
According to Kambaekua, the rugby authorities tried by all means to blanket the incident, while other media houses “turned a blind eye” to this racial slur and described it as a mere misunderstanding.
He told the panel that it was only after New Era had put immense pressure on the Wanderers principal sponsor, First National Bank, to pronounce itself on the issue, that the club took action against Coetzee.
Kambaekua also questioned the selection of players for national teams in some sport codes.
He said statistics reveal that while rugby clubs from disadvantaged communities have won the bigger chunk of Namibia’s flagship league titles consistently, these players are deliberately overlooked at the benefit of players who have never played club rugby in Namibia.
“There is absolute blatant racism in Namibian sport; it is just that people don’t talk about it or rather don’t want to hear about it,” he stressed.
He could also not hide his unhappiness on what he termed a “short supply of vital components” among sports administrators and officials, saying they lack integrity, morals, ethics, honesty and accountability.
Kambaekua said stricter measures should be implemented to discipline offenders found guilty of racism.