Hayden Horner
3 minute read
31 Aug 2020
11:44 am

Rachel Kolisi accused of playing race card on unofficial book about Siya

Hayden Horner

The Springbok captain’s wife demands a retraction of unauthorised book about Siya but fans take issue with her comment.

Rachel Kolisi is on the warpath after discovering that Jonathan Ball, a local publisher, had released a book about her husband Siya Kolisi without their consent.

When the book, Against All Odds, which was written by Jeremy Daniel, launched a year ago, Siya issued a statement claiming he had no role in the book and that it was written without his knowledge.

Against all odds

Now, the celebrity sports couple have discovered that the book is still in circulation and Rachel has taken to social media to express her disbelief.

“There was a book written about Siya’s life without his consent. It was released during the World Cup and we HAD an agent at the time who advised us not to take it further, and legally we had no foot to stand on. The book is written by @jeremydaniel51 and published by @jonathanballpublishers,” she wrote on Instagram.

 

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Today I’ll be delegating to #SaveSiyasStory There was a book written about Siyas life without his consent. It was released during the World Cup and we HAD a agent at the time who advised us not to take it further, and legally we had no foot to stand on. The book is written by @jeremydaniel51 and published by @jonathanballpublishers Many of you will know I’ve beeeen talking about this, we thought the book had died out with the announcement of Siyas ACTUAL book told by him on the way! Until last night someone messaged me saying they can’t wait to read “the new book” to our horror we see they have released a “updated version of the unauthorized book” Siya has gone through so many struggles some, you might know about and some you have no idea. But the story is HIS to tell. Siya has not benefited from this unauthorized book in ANYWAY. And I would appreciate your help on calling this out for what it is. WHITE MEN benefiting off the back of a BLACK MAN. We want @jonathanballpublishers to stop printing any and all copies of this book, book stores and online sites not to support the selling of these books. Remove any and ALL marketing material. Ps. Please avoid using the covers and title of the unauthorized book (it will only give it more exposure) Can you please help me get the word out. ????????

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Although fans came out in support of her action, others accused her of playing the race card in her post.

“And I would appreciate your help on calling this out for what it is. WHITE MEN benefiting off the back of a BLACK MAN,” Rachel wrote further down in her post.

Fan reactions were less than forgiving with comments ranging from: “Ag no man Rachel. I was 100% with you until you brought race into this. That’s a sucky move lady, not befitting of you. I’m still 100% that the fake book needs to go, but your comment about race leaves a bad taste” to “Wow. Really? She has lost my respect. So many unauthorised biographies are out there. Don’t see them bitching and moaning. It is what it is. Make sure we got the part of not benefiting in ANY WAY.” and “So Rachel, is this about race or Siya’s privacy?”

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Although she admits that their agent advised her and Siya not to take it further, and that legally they had no foot to stand on, she is still determined to get some sort of recourse.

“We want @jonathanballpublishers to stop printing any and all copies of this book, book stores and online sites not to support the selling of these books. Remove any and ALL marketing material.”

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