Top SA athlete Wayde van Niekerk produced the best performance by a South African in half a century in the early hours of Monday morning.
Van Niekerk, who believes “God is power”, took the men’s 400m gold medal in 43.03 seconds, smashing a 17-year-old record.
Even though van Niekerk believes “Jesus did it” for him, some believe it’s a “coloured victory”.
“This is a moment for coloured people to celebrate. I’m not saying if you’re black or white you must not be happy. But just shut up for a bit,” said Whynona Ryder @NosiphoAamori.
Social media went abuzz with a debate over whether Van Niekerk’s brilliant win was for coloured people, black people or just for all South Africans, regardless of race. The debate, which apparently pushed some to tears, escalated to the debate of whether there’s even really a race called “coloured”, as it’s not recognised as a thing almost anywhere but in South Africa.
Coloured excellence got me feeling some type of way this morning. pic.twitter.com/w0gfJAuKoW
— coconut oil papi (@dean_bronson) August 15, 2016
One person on Twitter said: “Coloured people must not make this victory about race. Its a South African victory 😂. Case closed!”.
“I’m all lump-in-throat thinking about what @WaydeDreamer’s dream chasing means for coloured children watching him ❤️ representation matters🏅,” said Sarah Koopman @sarah_koopman.
Some came out to blame the colonial system which “labelled us as black people”, saying that the so-called coloured people are also black people. “We are here trying to convince coloured people that they are actually black, worse, that we are all just human, asking why it’s about race😔🔫,” The Maid @crazynellz said.
“I get this is a coloured victory but who said that they are ‘not black enough’? ’cause coloured people get offended when you call them black,” Drunken Monkey @kweenmal said.
“When its bad, you emphasise the coloured. Now it’s good, you dilute it. He’s COLOURED. #ColouredExcellence,” Vestbrah Bhongo @bhongox said.
“Crazy how black people can unapologetically celebrate black victories but coloureds can’t do the same w/ coloured victories,” Katle(hoe) (Bae)kie @Kat_Upendi said.
Meanwhile, TimesLive and The Sowetan got a serious tongue-lashing from Twitter for saying “Ex-drug addict Luvo Manyonga wins SA’s sixth Olympic medal in Rio”. “Come on @SowetanLIVE… His Name Is Luvo Manyonga. REMEMBER IT! He is an #Olympics Silver Medalist. What a headline!” said Thabiso Sithole.