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We must stand together to be strong… like we did in ’95

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Unity is strength – let’s try to remember that in these terrible days.


25 Jun 2020
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We must stand together to be strong… like we did in ’95

South Africa's president Nelson Mandela congratulates South Africa's rugby team captain François Pienaar before handing him the William Webb trophy after his team's victory over New Zealand (15-12) in the final of the Rugby World Cup at Ellis Park in Johannesburg 24 June 1995. Picture: AFP/JEAN-PIERRE MULLER

Magical. There is no other word to describe that moment. Whether you were present at Ellis Park or watching on TV, the world was, for a moment, golden and shining with hope and joy. Joel Stransky’s perfectly positioned and weighted drop kick sent the ball through the middle of the posts – where it hung, for what seemed a breathless eternity, in the air … before 63 000 people joined 50 million other South Africans in celebrating. Just a year after we’d sent apartheid packing, we did the same to the All Blacks. Nothing would stop us now. With Madiba...

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