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Amy Apollis is an emerging scholar who is currently enrolled as an Honours student in the Department of Sport Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She completed her undergraduate studies in sport science at the same university. Her ambition is to pursue a professional career as a sport historian.
The non-racial school sport movement in South Africa during the 1990’s. A literature review case study.
The term “Black Lives Matter” resonates with diverse political audiences around the world – including the domain of South African sport. Although, the movement has origins in American society since 2013, social movements as sites of resistance, has prior histories, also in South Africa. Starting in the 1950’s, a non-racial sport movement evolved that resisted racism and capitalism. This movement reached it’s peak with the formation of the South African Council on Sport (SACOS) in 1973. It was a movement that had structures from community to national levels. The non-racial school sport movement was an important pillar of the SACOS. It proved to be more than a school sport movement and provided a political home for the broader anti-Apartheid movement. The South African non-racial sport movement, under the aegis of the SACOS, was however destroyed in the 1990’s by a new political regime. In the process, established school sport structures that existed since the 1950’s and based on the principles of non-racialism and anti-capitalism were manouvered out of existence. This study uses primary material from a community based non-racial school sport structure, the Western Province Senior School Sports Union, to reconstruct the political destruction of non-racial school sport at community level during the 1990’s.