ANC Youth League president Collen Maine — PICTURE: ANCYL VIA TWITTER The ANC Youth League’s planned ambush protest targeting any of the three Springbok tests against Ireland, starting at Newlands this Saturday, threatens to reduce the transformation debate into a dog show.Make no mistake, the planned disruption is an attempt to raise the profile of a political unit that’s sagged recently and has about as much influence these days as a cassette tape on nanotechnology.The youth league’s anger is misdirected and ill-thought out. However, this wasn’t always the case.In 2004, the youth league agreed to participate in SA Rugby’s first transformation charter under its then president, Fikile Mbalula.That same year, even former Springbok coach Andre Markgraff met the league to discuss the slow pace of transformation.But that year will be remembered for an incident during the Springboks’ November tour to Europe. The youth league challenged the decision by Jake White to bench winger Breyton Pa...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now