Task team calls for gender tests on Caster Semenya to be declared invalid

The ANC Caster Semenya Support Task Team, in a press statement released today, has requested an urgent meeting with the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) to express our outrage in the manner in which IAAF has handled the Caster Semenya matter and furthermore, to find an amicable solution to this matter and thus its closure.

During the meeting the ANC will advise the IAAF to publicly and unconditionally apologise to Caster Semenya and her family, to the South African President, the honourable Jacob Zuma and the entire nation for the violation of Caster's rights, the humiliation, injustice and pain she continues to suffer.

The mishandling of her gender verification processes and its aftermath, also affected the country and indeed, the entire leadership of the country, negatively.

The Task Team will also advise the IAAF to declare the gender verification tests results conducted both in South Africa and Berlin null and void. These tests were not conducted in keeping with their own stated gender verification policies and rules.

The statement continued:

We will also make the point to the IAAF that Caster Semenya is an exceptional woman athlete and a world champ.

The meeting with IAAF came as a result of consultations the task team has held with different stakeholders to establish concrete information on the occurrence prior and post the Berlin Olympics.

These consultations included Caster's parents, the government of South Africa, the University of Pretoria, Caster's Coach, Students leadership, particularly the South African Student Organisation (SASCO), Civil Society, Athletics South Africa and Artists to establish facts and their take on the matter and further seek their support for this initiative.

Through these consultations, we now understand and appreciate the extent and the magnitude of this matter as it unfolded prior and post Berlin.

Upon completion of these consultations, we came to a conclusion that we should meet the IAAF Executive prior to their President's visit to South Africa.
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