Photos of the Springboks enjoying a braai with billionaire Johann Rupert has added fuel to the EFF disapproval of the team.
Since the Boks won the Rugby World Cup (RWC), the EFF has not participated in the festivals surrounding the champions.
In a series of tweets following the Springboks’ victory earlier this month, spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi congratulated captain Siya Kolisi for winning the cup in Japan, but said the rest of the team must “get their congratulations from Prince Harry”.
He said Kolisi lifting the Webb Ellis Cup was an example of black excellence not an image of racial solidarity.
On Thursday, EFF pioneer Julius Malema threw shade at the team after photographs, circulating on social media, demonstrated the Boks rubbing shoulder with somebody the EFF considers to be one of the frontmen of white monopoly capital.
Malema branded Rupert as “the owner of South Africa”.
A careful selection of photos showing only white team players, including Eben Etzebeth, incited Malema to mark them as the “real Springboks group”.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) November 14, 2019
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js However, social media users were not here for the false stories painted by Malema, and a backlash ensued.
Many quickly pointed out that black players such as Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira and Trevor Nyakane were also spotted at the braai, taking pictures with Rupert.
— moloko 🇿🇦 (@tshepxm) November 14, 2019
These guys are dividing this country and now I dont like what they are doing planting hatred on us
— PHAPHAMA (@PHASTARICO) November 14, 2019
Maybe for a change you guys can start supporting SA textile industry by wearing proudly SA products that feed the very same people you claim to represent. Instead you guys rather support Europeans you claim to hate. Or it’s just all an act
— ukhanki (@TboozeSA) November 14, 2019