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COSATU meeting with Rugby bosses ends in deadlock in parliament

COSATU can confirm that its protest will proceed on Saturday to show the world how unfair South African rugby is, following a deadlock in today's negotiations. Today, the federation met with Minister of Sport, DSTV Super Sport and SARU to discuss the All Black game televised live on TV. The demand from the federation for all people to see the game live was not supported by SARU and DSTV. The minister however encouraged all parties to go back to their principals to get revised mandates, so progress can be made in securing the game for all South Africans.

We rejected the response from SARU and DSTV that they could not show the match to all South Africans. What is clear was that DSTV and SARU have done a cosy deal that has made few people very rich but excluded the majority of people. Government should never have allowed SARU and DSTV to do the kind of deal that excludes the majority of South Africans. It is unacceptable that only 20% of SA people can watch the game live on DSTV.

The fact that the government is supporting SA Rugby with R30 billion for the world cup bid and they give nothing to the SA public in return is unacceptable. The meeting between the parties will reconvene at 12h30 pm on Friday and a press conference will be held in Parliament at 14 00 hours in the media centre.

The Cosatu protest at the game for live rugby for all South Africans will go ahead on Saturday if no agreement is reached. The greed of SARU and DSTV cannot be allowed to trump the interest of all South Africans.

For questions please call Cde Tony Ehrenreich at 082 7733194 or Cde Motlatsi 0744826180

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