Are you supporting the Boks?
Kumi via SMS Iread
with great amazement the article written by Mondli Makhanya, “A giant flip at Madiba” (City Press, August 30 2015). For the record, on results and performance, the Springboks won two World Cups with Afrikaans captains and white, Englishspeaking South Africans as coaches. When the Boks won, on each occasion there were weeks of drinking and dancing by South Africans.
Bafana Bafana won the 1996 Afcon with a white, English speaker as captain and another as head coach. Clive Barker, after ensuring that Bafana won the 1996 Afcon, also ensured that the team qualified for the 1998 Fifa World Cup in France. Two months before that, Barker was fired. So when you talk of transformation, in South African terms it often means replacing good, legendary sportsmen with black African players. It’s a race issue.
It’s strange that all the criticism is placed at the door of team sports, but never targeted at individual-player sports, such as golf. Bafana Bafana are doing great on transformation, yet have not won anything for years. No one complains. Why? Jen Hallowes Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal Mondli,
I’m so disappointed! You are probably the main reason I read City Press and I think you are SO wrong about the Bok team selection. I personally feel, as you do, it was a terrible selection and there are players of various hues who should have been selected. Isn’t that basically what you feel? Now you’ve turned it into a race issue. But Heyneke Meyer is the coach and I trust he knows better and does not unfairly discriminate. So, my sincere support goes out to the players who made it. I hope your negative vibes don’t hurt them and I’m sure their buddies who didn’t make it will support them in a truly sportsmanlike manner. Pearl Sathekbge via SMS Bok
players must be chosen on merit, not colour. Oupa Mbamba Bryanston, Gauteng Mr
Mondli Makhanya, the answer is yes, the Springboks are representing South Africa. They are South Africans. No coloured and Indian players were included in your Protea and Springbok lists. Transformation may be slow, but we’ve come a long way. More children are getting equal education and opportunities. l think South Africa has a bright future. Wesley Dragt via SMS Iwill
support the Boks. I feel sorry for Mondli for not being able to look past his African racist ideals. Go Bokke! Michael Hook Johannesburg, Gauteng Ag no, man, Mr Makhanya, You are usually a voice of reason and understanding, and I am generally a fan, but I can only assume, in a week where the quarterly update of words added to the Oxford Dictionary included the distasteful phrase “brain fart”, that the condition was catchy.
Yes, annoyingly, transformation is indeed, I believe, too slow in rugby. But we live with this and try to encourage change – the mature response – as opposed to threatening to openly cheer the opposition and wishing humiliation on the team.
You know, I can’t understand the many South Africans abroad who talk our country down and give us such a bad name. It’s a white-anting of the worst sort, and your silly and childish stance on the team issue falls into this category.
Beware hatred, a condition every responsible adult should avoid at all costs in these dangerous times in our country. Shame on you.