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South Africa was at that time engaged in Apartheid, which was condemned by most world bodies including the IRB (international Rugby Board). Research the subject for a subjective and historical view.

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Their apartheid policy resulted in them being banned from all world sporting events including cricket. The final straw was the Basil D'Oliveira incident. See related link

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