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Francois Pienaar, other sports stars should get into politics

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In a nutshell, politics hasn’t done it for us, whereas sport has managed to keep a semblance of unitedness.


16 Oct 2019
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Francois Pienaar, other sports stars should get into politics

It is something erstwhile Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar says in a television clip that triggers my imaginative juices. Sport, he says, unifies a nation. Current captain Siya Kolisi, too, has similar sentiments. And how we need unification. There was a magic moment when we believed a new political dispensation would do the trick. The yoke of apartheid was removed and a true statesman, representing all ordinary, law-abiding citizens, ushered in what a sincere cleric promised was a rainbow nation. The combination of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu set the tone for magic to happen. At last, we chorused, the...

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