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By Bonginkosi Tiwane

Digital Journalist


WATCH: Makazole Mapimpi cheered by Bok supporters while doing his groceries

Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Mr Zizi Kodwa has travelled to France to support the Springboks.


Springbok winger Makazole Mapimpi might have been forced to leave the Bok squad during the World Cup due to injury, but the rugby star still gets plaudits, even while doing his groceries.

Mapimpi was ruled out of the tournament when he was injured on the eye and forced to return home to South Africa.

He was replaced in the Springbok squad by centre Lukhanyo Am.

However, the wing gave his admirers an update a few days ago on Instagram, sharing a photo of his swollen left eye.

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Zizi Kodwa in France

South African celebrities that include Thando ‘ThaBooty’ Thabeth, Jason Goliath and Siv Ngezi took over the French capital as they valiantly supported the national team at a sold out Stade de France.

Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa has travelled to France to support the Springboks, who play the 2023 Rugby World Cup semifinal against England on Saturday.

“The Springboks have been great ambassadors of South African sport. They play with distinctive toughness and grace. Off the field, they showcase the diversity and unity that makes South Africa special,” said the Minister in a statement.

“I have been watching South Africans from all walks of life occupying the stands in France when the Springboks play, singing our National Anthem proudly and loudly. This is very important for our nation building. Continue flying the South African flag high. We are stronger together!”

Should the Springboks win the match against the English, it would confirm South Africa’s place in the final. But should they lose; the national team will still remain in France to compete for the third and fourth place playoff.

The Minister’s spokesperson Litha Mpondwana confirmed to The Citizen that Kodwa would remain in France the whole week regardless of Saturday’s result.

“The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture will watch the Boks, the 3rd and 4th place playoffs, and the final of the Rugby World Cup,” said Mpondwana.

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