Here we go again. This is not the first time that there have been attempts to remove the Springbok emblem from South African Sport. Butana Komphela (Sports Portfolio Committee Chairman) told delegates at a 2 day National Sports Indaba in Durban, South Africa that “The Springbok divides us. We have a responsibility to unite our country on one national emblem”. This is absolutely ridiculous. South Africa has been a democracy for the past 14 years and the emblem is not a dividing factor.
The Springboks won the World Cup in 1995 in South Africa and in 2007 in France wearing Springbok jerseys. The emblem has been used for over a 100 yrs. The World knows the South African National Rugby Team as the “Springboks” or “Bokke”. The whole of South Africa was behind the team last year. Everyone in the country put on green for 1 day, not just white South Africans, ALL South Africans. Retail outlets couldn’t keep up with demand for Springbok jerseys, the French authorities had their hands full with people who wanted to fly to Paris, France for the World Cup Final. This proves that the emblem is not a dividing factor, but indeed a popular emblem and a unifying factor in South Africa.
In my opinion, Politics should stick it’s nose someplace else and actually focus on the real issues that need attention in South Africa, like Crime, AIDS, housing and job creation.
Shame on those who want to remove this emblem, this will divide our country, not unite us. Don’t be surprised if people stop watching rugby in South Africa and stop going to Springbok games out of protest against this, the possibility of something like that happening is there, there will be a public outcry against this.
Here are some related links:
‘Madiba Won’t Be Dragged Into Bok Debate’ – Independent Online
‘State Must Have More Say In Sport’ – Independent Online
‘Bok Emblem Must Go’ – Independent Online
Springbok under fire from Komphela – The Citizen
Calls to Scrap Springbok Emblem – Sportal, New Zealand
South Africa may ditch Springbok emblem – Reuters, UK