Flag associated with Apartheid movement tarnishes South Africa’s win over the All Blacks

Saturday 15th September 2018 will go down as a memorable day in the history of South African rugby as it was the first time the Boks have beaten the All Blacks in 4 years and the first time they have beaten them in New Zealand for 9 years!

Although this day should be remembered for numerous positive reasons there is one blotch that is likely to remain in the memory of many South African supporters.

In the 64th minute of the match, television images showed shots of the old apartheid-era South African flag (the ‘driekleur’) being draped at one of the tunnels at the stadium.

“This is so pathetic. Leaving SA then flying the old flag at a Bok game. We must be part of the solution, not the problem!” said one public figure from South Africa. In truth he is very right; South Africa as a country has come on leaps and bounds over the last twenty years and continually strive to move towards equality for all there people no matter what colour skin they have.

On top of this South African captain Siya Kolisi is the first black man to be named captain of the national side, which again proves how the nation has moved on from the apartheid and racism that existed within the country. But the sight of the old SA flag drew sharp criticism on social media, with many people sharing the sentiment that it was an unwelcome sight – which it was.

Written by InTheLoose – 18/09/18

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