SACA back Lungi Ngidi in Black Lives Matter row

Player’s union SACA have come out in support of Lungi Ngidi and the Black Lives Matter movement with the fast bowler also being backed by his franchise.

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The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) has come out in support of Lungi Ngidi’s stance on Black Lives Matter.

This comes after three former South African cricketer’s criticised Ngidi for vocally supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

SACA back Lungi Ngidi on Black Lives Matter

The player’s union has come out in support of Ngidi’s right to speak out about any injustice.

SACA have implied that the social media posts by Rudi Steyn, Boeta Dippenaar and Pat Symcox are an attempt to silence the young cricketer.

 “At SACA, we support the concept of the athlete activist,” CEO Andrew Breetzke told ESPNcricinfo. “Ultimately, individual activism translates to collective activism, and it can lead to institutional change. 

“We support Lungi in exercising his right to express his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and we believe the unfair criticism directed at him undermines that right.”

Titans back their man

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South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi bowls during the second T20 international cricket match between South Africa and Australia at St George’s Park Cricket Ground in Port Elizabeth on February 23, 2020. (Photo by Michael Sheehan / AFP)

Ngidi’s franchise team, the Titans, have also thrown their weight behind the Black Lives Matter and like Cricket South Africa say they intend to make a statement against gender-based violence.

Statistics tell us that South Africa is a country wracked by crime with our daily news also dominated by violence in one form or another. Cricket South Africa have chosen to take a stand against the most prevalent form of violence, GBV. According to the Titans coach Mandla Mashimbyi, the Centurion-based outfit will make their own gesture when the domestic cricket season gets underway.

“We know only too well as a country how important the Black Lives Matter movement is. 

“We bat vehemently against discrimination of any kind, and we will always strive to provide opportunities within our Titans family for all the colours and cultures within our rainbow nation,” Mashimbyi said. 

“We want to lend our voice to all those shouting for the scourge of violence against our mothers, sisters and daughters to stop. As citizens of this beautiful country, it is our collective responsibility to put a stop to the shocking actions of violence, often from people known to their victims.”

The coach also came out in support of his star fast bowler Ngidi, defending the player’s right to speak up for oppressed people.

“Lungi did not mean to upset anyone,” the Titans coach said. 

“He was standing up against injustice. All injustice is wrong and no-one should be attacked for expressing their view on it.”

Ngidi’s Titans and Proteas teammate Tabraiz Shamsi also tweeted out his support.

“I am right behind you boy! You said nothing wrong! Black, white or brown. No one should be treated with hatred, cruelty or differently based on their skin colour,” Shamsi wrote.

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