Racing Veteran Slams Public Protector Challenge

'Assassins on our industry'

Leading SA Bloodstock Consultant and Stallion Manager John Freeman has slammed the recent Public Protector’s challenge as ‘nonsensical’.

John Freeman

John Freeman –  has his say!

Writing in the informative Freeman Stallions eNews of 6 June – Edition 797 – the veteran racing man says it as he sees it.

He writes:

I don’t want to get into that nonsensical challenge by the public protector – no doubt inspired by the nefarious ambitions of one P Kema who thinks that she should be put in charge of looting racing’s assets.

Public Protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane (Photo: Flickr)

Public Protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane (Photo: Flickr)

In other parts of the world this sort of nonsense would be kicked for touch, where it belongs.

Sadly in South Africa we have a government who sees racing not for its value as an employer of 100,000 people, the major contribution it makes to agricultural income streams and massive foreign investment etc etc – but as another enterprise they’d like to loot.

Racing has been my life and my reason to get up for the past 45 years and I am frankly peed off that we have to waste so many millions on legal processes fending off this nonsense.

I have no doubt that the courts will make these assassins on our industry see sense – but the price is too high.

We can’t afford to waste money like this when grooms need better accommodation, higher pay and owners subside the industry like never before. Where are we supposed to get all this money from when the industry has to waste it on lawyers?

Let’s forget about that insane challenge and enjoy our racing because there is nothing we ordinary folk can do about it anyway.

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