Martin Williams
3 minute read
6 Nov 2019
6:25 am

The Springbok formula works, not BEE

Martin Williams

The Springbok squad was not based on affirmative action quotas. If that lesson can be applied to the economy, SA will become a winning nation, not only on sports fields.

Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final match between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: Juan Jose Gasparini / Gallo Images

Racist Economic Freedom Fighters spoilsports are rightly pilloried for their response to the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup victory, but there is a sense in which they are correct. Some of us are overdoing the euphoria. Yes, we celebrate the unifying energy generated by our diverse heroes, who deserve hearty accolades. The way they pulled together to overcome challenges is inspirational. The racial mix of their success is an affront to extremists, black and white, who seek to divide us. For the majority, who want to overcome apartheid’s legacy, the most powerful symbolism revolves around Siya Kolisi leading a multihued team....