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Adams Slams South African Racing For "Racial Bias"
Also in South Africa, a major controversy has erupted following leading Cape Town owner Hassen Adams "raising the issue of a lack of transformation in the racing industry during Gold Circle's national annual general meeting" reported The Sunday Times. Gold Circle organises racing in KwaZulu-Natal & the Western Cape; after last week's election "in which only one Indian, Gold Circle's KZN chairman Moga Pillay's nomination as a national board member was successful, Adams raised the issue of the lack of Indian representation" & declared: "It appears that the only co-opted Indian on the board Moga Pillay is window dressing. When we nominate Indians to be elected, they never get on. The whites don't allow them to be elected onto the board. It is a travesty. The Indian community is the foundation of racing in Natal & they get treated like a bunch of scabs. It is time for change." However Gold Circle chief operating officer Graeme Hawkins replied Pillay was "never co-opted" to the board, but had "been elected by the membership on 3 occasions" & emphasised: "Gold Circle has been on a concerted & concentrated drive to increase the number of persons of colour who are members. As a consequence of this drive, there are now 364 persons of colour who are members of Gold Circle out of a total membership of about 1,800. We acknowledge that much still needs to be done to improve the demographics of its membership & efforts in this regard are on-going." And Hawkins noted: "Interestingly, the highest number of votes for any one individual at this year's AGM was 216. The percentage poll for this year's election was a shade over 20%. Clearly, if the members of colour had 'backed' the nominees of colour, the outcome of the election would have been different."