South Africa: Cricket SA's Hearings On Racism Not That Black and White, but They Do Offer Hope of Transformation


The Social Justice and Nation-Building hearings into cricket have delivered sobering testimony for wronged players - and become a platform for some to attempt to sanitise their roles in match-fixing.

First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper.

If you are white in South Africa, you cannot know what it is to be black. If you are black, you have no choice but to know what it is to be white: whiteness, like air, is all around. Power comes not from having the vote, nor from fairer legislation, but from money. And, unless it is stolen, money doesn't move without the will of those who have it.

So there are reasons beyond the realm of sport for white people to watch, online, the hearings of Cricket South Africa's (CSA's) Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) project. For once, white noses are pushed against the window looking into a scene they thought they were part of but from which they have, for now, been excluded: all the testimony since the hearings started on 5 July has come from black witnesses.

It isn't often that white people are reduced to one option, and rarer still that that option is only to listen....

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