Minister Zizi Kodwa says Americans will never own the Springboks as SA Rugby inches closer to controversial deal

Sports, Arts, and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa has raised concerns over the lack of clarity from SA Rugby regarding their equity movements with the Ackerleys Sports Group (ASG) and CVC Capital.

As negotiations between SA Rugby and ASG continue, Kodwa has expressed his surprise at how he learned about the discussions publicly, highlighting the need for more transparency in the process.

The minister’s dissatisfaction with the unfolding situation was evident during his speech at the SA Rugby Awards in Randburg, where he addressed the issue.

While celebrating lock Eben Etzebeth’s success as the big winner of the awards ceremony, Kodwa took the opportunity to voice his concerns about the transparency and communication surrounding the equity discussions.

SA Rugby’s negotiations with ASG as the preferred bidder have not only raised eyebrows within the rugby community but have also caught the attention of government officials like Minister Kodwa.

The lack of information and public disclosure regarding these talks has sparked questions about the equity movements and their potential impact on the future of South African rugby.

As stakeholders await further clarification from SA Rugby, the need for open and transparent communication becomes increasingly important.

Minister Kodwa’s comments serve as a reminder of the importance of accountability and inclusivity in decision-making processes that could have far-reaching implications for the sport and its stakeholders.

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