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Monday, 13 February 2012
Page: 992

D'Oliveira, Mr Basil Lewis

Debate resumed on the motion by Mr Melham:

That this House:

(1) notes with regret the death on 19 November 2011 of Basil Lewis D'Oliveira;

(2) recognises his contribution to world cricket, especially in South Africa and England;

(3) notes that his quiet dignity in the face of rejection by South Africa for reasons other than cricket helped to transform public opinion in England and beyond;

(4) particularly recognises his long battle against apartheid in South Africa, his actions in bringing to the world's notice the disenfranchisement of non-white cricketers in South Africa, and that he became a leader of a worthy cause without ever seeking a leadership role; and

(5) notes that, as a result of the life of Basil D'Oliveira, non-white cricketers are able to represent South Africa with pride and distinction.