St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - Chapter 31 - Merger of the WPCB and WPCU
Chapter 31 - Merger of the WPCB and WPCU
At the commencement of unity talks since 1972, WPCB (SACBOC) participated at national level but had difficulty with WPCU (SACA) to establish a platform from which to propel the unification process. The divergent views of the parties concerned were the major stumbling blocks. WPCB viewed normal cricket as a means to destroy apartheid while WPCU held the view that normal cricket could only be attained if sanctioned by the Government. It also believed that it was an evolutionary process. WPCB, a staunch affiliate of SACOS, became disillusioned and resolved in September, 1976, that they would not be a party to the unification process. They decided to scuttle not only Rashid Varachia’s unification attempt, but also to rescue SACBOC from his clutches. This they did by being the prime mover to establish the South African Cricket Board (SACB).
The SACOS - NSC conflict for the soul of the sports organisations of the oppressed impacted negatively on SACOS and made inroads into its core-base, WPCB. Some of its administrators believed that the NSC had become the sporting wing of the liberatory organisations.
Percy Sonn, who had become a NSC convert, was elected as president of the WPCB on January 13, 1991. He succeeded in the acceptance of a resolution to review and rescind its affiliation to SACOS. This resolution paved the way for WPCB to affiliate to the NSC.
On January 20, 1991, the WPCB resolved to proceed with unification with the WPCU.
The national unification process took a step nearer to the actual thing when a SACB XI played against a SACU XI at Buffalo Park in East London.