Northern areas residents padlock EP rugby offices after #SpringboksTour no-show

ANC MPL Christian Martin, left, speaks to Eastern Province Rugby Union general manager Thando Manana, centre, and Cameron Geduld, after the #SpringboksTour parade at the weekend was cancelled.
ANC MPL Christian Martin, left, speaks to Eastern Province Rugby Union general manager Thando Manana, centre, and Cameron Geduld, after the #SpringboksTour parade at the weekend was cancelled.
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Irate residents of Port Elizabeth's northern areas padlocked the Eastern Province Rugby Union offices on Monday morning, saying general manager Thando Manana needed to explain why the #SpringboksTour parade failed to drive through their area.

ANC MPL Christian Martin said he bought a padlock and locked the gate.

“I have also parked my car in front of the gate. We as the northern areas community want Mr Manana to tell us why the #SpringboksTour parade did not come to the northern areas.”

Martin said he had seen insulting memes and heard voice notes from people joking about why the 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) champions did not follow the initial route schedule, as well as the subsequent consequences.

“Some of us bought rugby jerseys and we brought our children out in the cold weather in support of the Boks.

“Then you have people making voice notes saying they did not come because people in the northern areas support the All Blacks!” Martin said.

“We are not going anywhere. And more people will join us in closing off the entrance.”

He said Manana had arrived at the offices and they would be having a meeting. This was confirmed by Manana.

This is a developing story.

An electric atmosphere followed the team’s tour bus in Nelson Mandela Bay, as residents embraced the festive atmosphere that accompanied a rare opportunity of seeing their heroes in the flesh.

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