Jaco van der Merwe
Head of Motoring
3 minute read
7 Nov 2019
8:28 am

Sour politicians and twitterati deserve a klap for depriving Boks of moment in the sun

Jaco van der Merwe

And please, Siya Kolisi and co, stop thanking us now. It is we that should thank you for bringing us joy and hope.

Jaco van der Merwe.

As much praise as the Springboks deserve for giving England a proper klap in the Rugby World Cup final, the actual fact they manage to stay sane in the toxic social media sphere shouldn’t be scoffed at. As the Bok train was gathering momentum in Japan and their loyal fans and the new ones they made during their campaign collectively caught gees, the bitter souls who thrive on creating division searched high and low for ammunition. After convicting lock Eben Etzebeth of racism in the Langebaan case even before the team left the country, the detractors simply wouldn’t stop throughout...