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Springbok soldiers fighting for us all

By Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula | Sep 14, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 50 ]

TODAY the nation calls upon our "last line of defence", the Springboks - our glorious army - to go and defend our national pride and glory.

Today we command our "sports marines", Amabhokobhoko, to raise our flag high in pursuit of victory and glory, in the war to defend our trophy.

We call on the people of the Republic to jet to New Zealand to lend support to this noble campaign.

Determination and dedication will see the Springboks through in this World Cup, and this year, history will repeat itself!

As Mandela put it in his opening address at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa) on December 20 1991: "Today will be indelibly imprinted in the history of our country."

Since 1994, the people of the Republic and the world witnessed an analogous development in large-scale sport activism; an expansion and deepening of participation in sport at all levels.

Sport became a seminal activity in the social pursuit of cultivating a healthy nation through a healthy body and a healthy mind.

Indeed, this period marked a renaissance of a nonracial, non-sexist, democratic and united sport in South Africa.

In this short space of time, sports activism in our country achieved greater national and international prominence and impact because of its cohesive and public nature.

We are therefore inspired by the consistent victories of the Springboks in international tournaments.

This shows that South Africans are winners!

It is indeed humbling to address our national team, Amabhokobhoko, and the entire nation on this important occasion as our boys take part in the World Cup, trying to defend our pride in New Zealand.

There is a strong sense of pride that one feels when talking about our boys because as a team with a collective purpose, they have already made us proud and conquered the IRB World Cup title not once, but twice!

Again on Sunday, September 11, they showed once more their strength by winning against Wales in a tough match.

As the government of the Republic of South Africa, we would like to call on all South Africans to unite and rally behind the boys as they represent the country in the Rugby World Cup.

The tournament in New Zealand is being watched by all our people in South Africa and the world.

We have therefore established Ekhaya Villages in New Zealand - a "Home Away From Home" that is created at all the centres where our team is going to take part.

The excitement displayed by our people is like electricity that keeps our boys focused on bringing the trophy home.

We would like to reinforce the fact that all our people are united behind the team and that we are showcasing that our country has a proud history of being a successful sporting nation.

As a country we believe that the positive spirit our people displayed during the 1995 and 2007 Rugby World Cups and the ultimate 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Netball World Championships and the Cricket World Cup in 2011 as well and the All Africa Games, among others, must continue.

The all-round support that was generated for Bafana Bafana and other national teams must now be inculcated into massive and overwhelming support for the Springboks in their heroic war for the Web Ellis trophy.

Let us therefore unite behind our national team and support the Springboks. I thank you all.

  • The writer is the minister of sport and recreation

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@Decock1

You really should not comment on things you know nothing about.

Sep 20, 2011 2:58 | 0 replies

Black people - what is this freedom and democracy that you keep talking about if you publicly support a racist white supremacist team like The Boks??? Futsek man you dont know what you want!!! How I miss the days of Nconde Balfour!! There would be 5 starting blacks in that team by now!!! Some black people dont know what they want!!!

Sep 14, 2011 2:7 | 0 replies

To hell with Amabhokobhoko!!! They are a representation of white South Africa!!! They represent the minority and not the majority!! Why must I support such blatant racism??? Blacks kiss white @ss by supporting that racist team and racist organisation (SARU)

Sep 14, 2011 1:59 | 0 replies

@ Bokke, sorry I dont wish you a WIN this time, cause some DUTCH Boy will lecture me about the following, 1) How to Win in Sports as an African 2) How to run a Country as Malema is firing blanks 3) How not to be corrupt; at the END when the Bokke WINS is not for Mzansi is for the Boere.

Sep 14, 2011 1:40 | 0 replies

Soccer is a racist sport..................... and ontop of that we suck at soccer!!!!!!
Finish en Klaar!!!!!

you do know soccer is a white mans sport right?

Sep 14, 2011 12:53 | 0 replies

o kile levenda la kleva and rugby ke eng ka sevenda? tsek

Sep 14, 2011 12:31 | 0 replies

rugby is a racist sport FINISH AND KLAAR.

Sep 14, 2011 12:23 | 0 replies

i wish their plane crashes into the ocean and they drown.we dont want to see them back.sport for f.ucken racists.

Sep 14, 2011 12:13 | 0 replies

they must take the cup to ORANIA, VERWOED WILL REST IN PEACE.

Sep 14, 2011 11:57 | 0 replies

S african rugby is racist and violent towards blacks. Last year i went to loftus for the match and I was called names. Whites do not experience racism when they go to soccer match. Do you remember the soweto black players who were recently kicked and punched during the rugby game. As for mbalula,`` I say f.uck you, you two-faced motherf.ucker``

Sep 14, 2011 11:33 | 0 replies

*singing* the mighty amabokoboko

bring our cup back home

Sep 14, 2011 11:4 | 0 replies