5 March 2015 – Cycling South Africa reports that a case of racism has been brought to its attention. The matter involved the rider Dusty Day who referred to fellow cyclist Luthando Kaka by the derogatory “K-word” during a road race on 15 February 2015.
The matter was presented to Cycling SA’s Disciplinary Committee (DC). As per the DC process, when a charge is brought against a member and there is “prima facie” evidence to support the charges, the person is placed under provisional suspension immediately while the DC process is completed. In this case Mr. Day was provisionally suspended immediately.
A few days later, Mr. Day laid a counter charge against Mr. Kaka, and following the same disciplinary process, Kaka was placed under provisional suspension. Upon representation from Kaka’s advisors to Cycling SA, by mutual agreement between the parties, Kaka’s provisional suspension was lifted on 27 February 2015 until the finalisation of the disciplinary hearing.
Cycling SA awaits the finalisation of the DC process after which further statements will be made.
Cycling SA would like to place on record its utter disappointment at this very unfortunate incident and we view the matter in a very serious light. There is no place for such racial behaviour in our sport and society. Cycling SA further reiterates its zero tolerance approach to racism in any sport. No person should be treated the way Luthando Kaka was treated and we apologise to Luthando on him having been subjected to this very embarrassing and humiliating experience.