South Africa: 'It's Time for South Africans to Start Believing in Themselves Again' - Praise Pours in for the Boks

Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi holds up the rugby World Cup trophy after his team won the 2019 tournament.

"It's time for South Africans to start believing in themselves again."

This was the message from Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah, as praise was heaped on the victorious Springboks after their 32-12 Rugby World Cup win over England on Saturday.

"We are incredibly proud to be South Africans," the Tutus said in a statement.

"What a fantastic achievement from Siya Kolisi, Rassie Erasmus, all the players and staff. You have achieved much more than winning the Rugby World Cup, you have restored a self-doubting nation's belief.

"We are a special country, and an extraordinary people. On days such as this we understand that when we pull together the sky is the limit. When we believe in ourselves we can achieve our dreams.

"Our father, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, is smiling from the heavens today.

"Halala Siya Kolisi, treasure of the nation! God bless you."

Parliament also congratulated the Springboks after winning their third World Cup as well as the nation for its support.

"We salute the sterling leadership displayed by coach Rassie Erasmus and team captain Siya Kolisi. To the whole team we say, Halala Bokke! Halala!"

Parliament' presiding officers, National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces chairperson Amos Masondo, said this year's team "repeated the uniting and nation-building effect the 1995 crop brought about to our nation".

They also urged the team to be role models to curb gender-based violence.

"We are also very proud of the team for bringing the cup home. We are very proud of the team and cherish their resilient spirit."

One of the team's sponsors, Samsung, said the Boks might not have gone into the contest as favourites, but they were champions now.

Source: News24

More From: News24Wire

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.