The ANCYL in Peter Mokaba Region in Limpopo has called on the South African Rugby Union and Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa to bring the Spring Boks to their province.
Tonny Rachoene, regional leader of the ANCYL said the rugby world champions must also do the honourable thing and celebrate with the people of Limpopo who also supported “Die Bokke” like other provinces countrywide.
Rachoene said: “The ANCYL views this snub as undermining some parts of the Country, and has the potential to perpetuate the narrative that rugby is a sport for the elites, and urban people. This happens despite the same team that won the Rugby World Cup having been captained by Siya Kolisi a sportsman from humble beginnings.”
According to the ANCYL the parade has the potential of heightening the brand value of the visited places, and Limpopo in particular is one of the biggest tourism draw-cards in this country. Rachoene said however limiting it to places like Gauteng, Durban and Cape Town might send a wrong message to the young aspirant rugby players, that ‘this sport is not meant for them.
“We are delighted with the maximum participation of government in this whole celebrations which is a demonstration that this sport is owned by all South Africans, and does not belong to a particular race. But the same government must ensure that this jaunt is also inclusive of school children from Kgomo School in Ga- Matlala, who watched with anticipation as Siya Kolisi marshalled his army into the Yokohama Stadium on that magnificent Saturday.”
“The illusive World Cup is finally in this country, and its parade cannot only be limited to a few people, supposedly residing in affluent parts of the country. It must be seen to be a national affair, in the same way that the people of Limpopo organised motorcades to galvanize public support on the eve of the World Cup finals,” Rachoene.