BOKS: A SIGN OF PRESIDENT’S SUCCESS?
By: Andile Nxumalo
South African presidents’ leadership catalyses patriotism from citizens of the country, of which it led to Springboks “Boks”, giving their all in the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and
For previous presidents, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki: it only took them one term to experience the joy of congratulating their fellow country mates and celebrate with them the
victory of being crowned the champions of the world in rugby.
With the current president already on his second term of presidency, the youth doubt that President Jacob Zuma, will ever lay his hands on the trophy.
In 2011, the Boks gave their all but fell short and their journey ended in the quarterfinals.
There are very low expectations of the South African team beating the dominant force of New Zealand since they are less motivated.
Mzuvele Jiyane, former Nongoma Intermediate School hooker, said that the Boks don’t stand a chance of winning the world cup this year.
“I don’t see the Boks bringing this cup home, because most of the key players (such as Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield and Brian Habana) had just returned from long term injuries
and yet they got selected to represent the country in this crucial stage,” said Jiyane.
One could say it’s failing if the country like South Africa could not develop and make possible changes in almost 10 years.
This is according to the diehard supporter of the Springboks, Kobus van Zyl, who have been up and down going with the Springbok team travelling around Durban when the team was
doing their practice late August and early September.
“The country has every resources to develop and create a competitive squad that could win everything judging by the Absa Currie Cup and Super Rugby level and the quality of players
the competition produce.
The president doesn’t motivate the boys as he did in 2010 when the Bafana Bafana team participated in the FIFA soccer world cup. I don’t know if it’s because of the allegations
made by Cosatu that the squad selection is based on race,” said van Zyl.
“South African squad consists of two born frees that regularly play in the international Super Rugby and have it all to give and shaping their future as country’s future troops,” he added.
President Zuma has received a lot of criticism from opposition political parties about the rugby team’s downfall or dropping in the World Rugby Rankings.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Student Congress activist, Sibusiso Qwabe, said that the country would never win any major tournament under president Zuma.
“ Look at the Africa Cup of Nations, 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the ICC Cricket World Cup, the country did not perform very well, and Zuma is to blame because he used the money that
was supposed to develop the sports facilities and develop the country’s youth building up to these major competitions,” said Qwabe.