South African Government - ANC
South Africa

Cape Town - The Springbok emblem could be removed from the national rugby team's jersey if a member of the country's parliament has his way.

ANC member of parliament Strike Ralegoma asked for the Springbok's removal during Tuesday's meeting of South Africa's parliamentary portfolio committee on sport and recreation.

"For successful transformation, all national teams must play with a single emblem," said Ralegoma. "The Protea is used by all other sports as the emblem, but there is SARU that will use the Springbok."

"It is important that we have a single logo."

The emblem appears on the right-hand side of the Bok jersey in Tests while the Protea is on the left. During a Rugby World Cup tournament the Bok moves to the sleeve to accommodate the World Cup logo.

Ralegoma also criticised the slow pace of transformation in South African rugby and told the South African Rugby Union leadership there would be consequences if the game doesn't transform quicker.

SARU were also taken to task about the lack of women in its leadership.

As South Africans the Springbok logo on the rugby jersey is part of every South Africans history and it is a huge part of our culture, every person in the world knows us by the Springbok.

This decision to change it should be made by the public, not the government.

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