Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
10 Aug 2021
7:40 am

Respect artists and sportspeople, remove ‘Minister of Condolences’

Sydney Majoko

If Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa needs anyone to blame for our Olympic team bringing home only three medals, he must look at the man in the mirror.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Picture: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

South Africa’s Olympic team returned from the Covid-delayed Tokyo games with only three medals, two from the same individual and the other for surfing. Not a single medal from track and field events, from a squad of 185 athletes. Tatjana Schoenmaker and Bianca Buitendag must be celebrated for their efforts, but hard questions need to be asked of the department of sports, arts and culture. Minister Nathi Mthethwa, now mockingly being referred as “Minister of Congratulations and Condolence” in the arts and sports circles, did not get many opportunities to congratulate members of the Olympic team because of their very...