Spring­bok un­der fire

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

THE SPRING­BOK em­blem has been the coun­try’s talk­ing point for more than a week, fol­low­ing Par­lia­men­tary Sports Com­mit­tee chair­man Bu­tana Kom­phela’s lat­est ef­forts to scrap it. The ANC said the em­blem would be re­tained for the time be­ing, but the flames were fanned by West­ern Prov­ince rugby player Luke Wat­son’s com­ments about apartheid rugby and the Spring­bok jer­sey. THE CAPE AR­GUS said the cen­tury-old Spring­bok em­blem be­longs to all South Africans and for ev­ery in­di­vid­ual it rep­re­sents what he wants it to rep­re­sent. Busi­ness Day said Wat­son should strive for a Spring­bok em­blem ac­cept­able to all, not only rugby racists. Volks­blad said the Spring­bok rep­re­sents ex­cel­lence on the rugby field and it would be bet­ter to fo­cus on na­tion build­ing.

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