Are you sup­port­ing the Boks?

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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.

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