The Reconstruction, Development and Transformation of South African Diversified Society through Sport: Cherished Ideals of Nelson Mandela and their Challenges

By Lebogang Morodi.

Published by The Sport Collection

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This paper discusses the reconstruction, development and transformation of South African society through the use of sport - a process involving ideals Nelson Mandela cherished of democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and equal opportunity for all. Nelson Mandela recognised that sport played a significant part in his triumph. He called on all the sports people throughout the world to come to South Africa after thirty years’ of sports boycott. South Africans knew the importance sports played in keeping the hopes of blacks alive and in letting whites know that the world considered the apartheid government as a pariah state. It is through sport, an agent of transformation, that nation building in South Africa is achievable and is a panacea in the healing of a society that has excommunicated itself. Equality in sport will occur when equality is obtained in areas of education and employment.

Keywords: Reconstruction, Development, Transformation, Sport, Nation Building

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.11-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 754.258KB).

Lebogang Morodi

Lecturer, College of Law, School of Criminal Justice, University of South Africa, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng Province, South Africa

Lebogang Morodi: born 23 February 1971, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently lecturing and researching in the College of Law: School of Criminal Justice. He played soccer semi professional teams in SA and represented the university & Northern Province, nationally and internationally. He is a founder of Women Soccer Team (Unin). Awarded, UNIN Chancellor’s Nelson Mandela Sportsman of the Year (1995) and represented South Africa-World Student Olympic Games in Fukuoka, Japan. Awarded FISU International Football Diploma. A leader of ASPIS Project(2003): Awarded Gauteng Premier Education oN Education Africa Presidential and Premier Education Award in child abuse in schools. Addressed Rand Merchant Bank (Rivonia) on the impact of crime. Involved Baviaanspoort Maximum Correctional Facility on Restorative Justice promotion of community safety and inmates role in crime prevention. At the invitation of South African Human Rights Commission, was a panel member at Katlehong Community Dialogue 20/03/2007. Published in CRISA Journal: The Constitutional rights of prisoners within the South African Criminal justice. Co-researcher: Bullying in Schools: a general overview. Acta Criminologica, Vol 16. NO.1 2003. Involved in soccer research projects for Premier Soccer League. D litt et Phil Thesis titled: “Soccer violence in South Africa”