Owners of racist Mbombela golf estate sit down, look at memorandums

A week ago SANCO, the ANCYL and EFF marched to the Mbombela golf estate, demanding an end to racism.

The memorandums submitted by the two political parties and the civic movement have been looked at, the golf estate said this week.

Matumi golf estate manager Darren Plumb said an executive meeting on Tuesday this week discussed the memorandums.

“Yes we did sit on Tuesday and discussed it,” Plumb said.

“And we are still busy [drafting] the reply,” he said.

“We will keep you updated,” Plumb added through sms.

Owners of racist Mbombela golf estate sit down, look at memorandums

Matumi golf estate manager Darren Plumb. PIC: LinkdIn.

Young professional golfer 20-year-old Jabulane Mabilane was assaulted at the golf estate in October 2016.

Four white men came and accused Mabilane of not being allowed to play golf on the estate, beating him up.

A case of assault was opened with the cops in Mbombela and the estate sought to deal with the matter, suspending two of the white men as well as Mabilane for bringing the golf estate into disrepute.

Owners of racist Mbombela golf estate sit down, look at memorandums

A bruised and battered Mabilane. PIC: Sowetan.

The EFF, ANCYL and SANCO said racism should have no place in South Africa.

“We can’t tolerate racism anymore,” the EFF’s Collen Sedibe said on the sideline of the march in front of Matumi golf estate on Friday mid-day last week(12 May).

“It doesn’t have a space in our country. And we want racism to be criminalised, we want all the people [who assaulted Mabilane] to be arrested, racism is very wrong whether by a black or a white person,” said Sedibe.

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SANCO said they were there to demonstrate against racism and wanted the Mbombela municipality to intervene in the matter.

“We want the municipality to review the contract between itself and Nelspruit Golf Course because that place is supposed to be public property and not a private property,” SANCO’s Jabu Mahlangu said.

The ANCYL’s Pholoso Mbatsane said that they tabled 6 six demands in their memorandum and that if management didn’t resolve those issues they will “render the golf estate unworkable”.

“Part of the demands we want the golf estate to transform for equitable opportunities across all racial lines and we also demand that the agenda of national building should reflect the demographics of South Africa in equitable proportion and we also demand access to the golf estate for all those who wish to participate or be part of the estate, both black and white,” Mbatsane said.

(edited by ZK)

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