William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
9 Nov 2019
6:23 am

The Boks and their RWC triumph are an object lesson

William Saunderson-Meyer

In a country where race remains the most important and volatile component to every problem, it provides a lesson to both white and black racists.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup high during their victory tour in Johannesburg's CBD, 7 November 2019. Picture: Neil McCartney

The Springbok victory was to South Africa like cold, spring water to a parched throat. It was only when it arrived that we fully comprehended how desperately we had needed it. It’s beginning to feel like a pattern. Every 12 years, we win the World Cup, just in time to restore desperately depleted spirits. Much has been made of the 1995 victory, the Madiba moment when Nelson Mandela donned a Springbok No 6 jersey and with a blue-eyed, white Afrikaner, lofted the trophy above his head. For a country that had been filled with trepidation and distrust, that had experienced...