Forget the hate-mongering EFF polluting 200 years of black rugby

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Forget the hate-mongering EFF polluting 200 years of black rugby

FREE TO READ | Politicians who profit from hate need a history lesson, as the rest of SA want our kids to soar like Siya

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There is a South Africa out there. It is our South Africa. In our South Africa we celebrate our people’s successes, large and small. In our South Africa we are generous and largehearted, not mean and ugly in spirit. In our South Africa we love laughter and we lean towards it with our entire beings while, at the same time, rejecting the crippling negativity that many want us to live under.

It is a beautiful if flawed country, our South Africa. At its best, it is the country of our dreams: aware of its brutal past, alive to its deeply unequal present, and hopeful for an equitable and just future. It is a country for and of those who know that our past can be vanquished by the choices we make in the present.

The past two weeks have illustrated abundantly which country most South Africans want. It is not the country that some of our politicians want. It is not a country where divisions are magnified and exploited for these politicians’ selfish gain. It is not a country where everything that is of the post-apartheid South Africa is seen as being the work of sellouts and compromisers. Many South Africans want to lift up their eyes and their hearts and build a country where their children can achieve the highest honours. They want their children to soar like Siya Kolisi. They want their children to conquer the world like Trevor Noah. They want to see their culture magnified and embraced the way Sho Madjozi does...

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