Cefn Saeson

Peter Hain visited Cefn Saeson as a part of Lets Kick Racism Out of Football’s “One Game One Community”, Week of Action, to talk to pupils about the importance of equality both in sport and in life.

“When I was in school I wasn’t allowed to mix with other children which were not of the same colour skin. When I played sport it was only with white children and when I went to watch local cricket, rugby and football teams in Pretoria the crowd were segregated into whites, blacks and Indians,” said Peter.

“I am delighted that tomorrow when South Africa takes on England in the Rugby World Cup final that there will be two black South Africans lining up against England – JP Pietersen and Bryan Habana, one of the best wings in the world. The South African cricket team also have one of the best fast bowlers in the world in Makhaya Ntini and in 2012 South Africa will host the football World Cup.”

All these achievements by South Africans have promoted equality and unity in South Africa, encouraging more and more young black South Africans to take up sports which were once considered a white mans sport.”

Mr Hain spoke of the importance of taking the lessons of South Africa and applying them to sport and life in Britain.

“You should never discriminate against people because of the colour of their skin, not in sport and not in the play ground. If you hear racist remarks then you must speak out against it. Now what we must do is stop the small minority of people who continue to make racist remarks both at sporting events and out on the streets.”
People like Nelson Mandela, my parents myself and many others spoke out against Apartheid and because of that the world will see a South African team with Habana and Pietersen play,” concluded Peter.