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Communiqué of the meeting between the ANC and the National Soccer League and Soccer Association of South Africa

19 October 1988

On the 18th and 19th of October, 1988, the African National Congress met representatives of the National Soccer League and the Soccer Association of South Africa. The delegations reviewed the state of soccer, sport in general and other developments within South Africa. The delegations agreed that apartheid is the root cause of the problems afflicting South Africa, including in the field of sport. In this regard the ANC expressed its appreciation for the efforts of the NSL and SASA - within the few years of their existence - to set soccer on a non-racial footing in co-operation with the broad democratic movement.

Such co-operation and joint actions need to be further strengthened with the ultimate purpose of ridding our country of the scourge of apartheid and the creation of a free, non-racial and democratic South Africa. The delegations agreed that it is necessary within our country to unify soccer, strive for the establishment of a unitary, non-racial, controlling body and integrate soccer at the grassroots level.

The ANC put forward its perspective on all questions pertaining to the democratic struggle, including the sports front. SASA and the NSL expressed their recognition of the fact that the isolation of racist sport is an important element of the struggle to end apartheid. For this reason, they reaffirmed their opposition to rebel tours and called for a continuing moratorium on all tours. This campaign is complementary to the objective of supporting and strengthening democratic and non-racial organisations.

It was resolved that both organisations would, in co-ordination with other democratic forces, work out the mechanisms of ensuring that South African nonracial soccer finally occupies its rightful place in the world.

It was agreed to meet again as the need arises.