Citizen Alert ZA: Bok emblem is rugby property

Citizen Alert ZA: Bok emblem is rugby property
South African pride

In 1995 when the Springboks won the rugby world cup our country was united in glory. It was seen as a good way for our country to grow together and move away from our wicked past. Then President Nelson Mandela wore the springbok jersey with pride. Last year the Boks yet again obtained glory and became the number one ranked rugby team in the world when they won the rugby world cup yet again. And this time President Thabo Mbeki took to the playing field adorned in a Springbok kit.

All this time the government remained quiet, now they decide that the emblem belongs to them and has been used by SARU illegally. I’d like to know, if by some remote chance this is true, why has government remained still about it until now? The Springboks have brought pride and glory to our country. The Springbok is linked with national pride. Yet now the powers that be decide that they want to strip us of this pride.

It is absurd when people say that the Springbok emblem stunts the growth of transformation. If this was such a strong opinion why was the Springbok emblem not done away with back in 1994/5 when we had become a new democracy and it would have been more acceptable as a way to leave behind the apartheid reign? But, the emblem was retained and it has formed part of who we are as South Africans. To strip us of the emblem now would be to create uproar.

I agree with those that say the decision to scrap the Springbok emblem or not should be left up to the people. I for one vote in favour of keeping the Springbok – its something I feel proud about as a South African.

In love of the Springbok
Daemon

 

3 Responses to Citizen Alert ZA: Bok emblem is rugby property

  1. Sonny Cox Says:
    18/10/2008 14:42 - (SA)
    Appel val blykbaar nie ver van Cheeky-boom
    Philip, Centurion:

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    Ek het my diensplig saam met Cheeky Watson gedoen.

    Ek het Cheeky in dié twee jaar leer ken as ’n dominerende en ’n uitgesproke mens en ’n uitstekende atleet en rugbyspeler. Hy was die belhamel onder ons klomp en het soms die groep amper gedwing om teenstrydig met die dissiplinêre kode van die weermag op te tree.

    Dit wil voorkom of Luke hierdie houding by sy pa aangeleer het.

    Hy het egter nooit laat deurskemer dat hy ’n simpatiseerder met die destydse “onderdruktes” was nie. Inteendeel, hy was soos ons, die “Ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika”-tipe. Indien hy daardie tyd so sterk gevoel het jeens die destydse bestel, hoekom het hy nie soos ander beswaardes sy diensplig ontduik nie? Dit het vir my eerder gelyk of hy sy diensplig saam met ons geniet het.

    Dalk is hy teleurgesteld dat hy nog nie ’n ANC-LP is nie of nog nie in die SA Rugbyraad se uitvoerende bestuur dien nie. Gevolglik het hy dalk sy seun “gebreinspoel” om sulke uitlatings te maak.

    Ek het Cheeky vir die eerstse keer ná ons diensplig in Desember 2005 by die Green Acres-winkelsentrum in Port Elizabeth raakgeloop.

    Ek het hom uitgevra oor Luke se verhuising van die Haaie na die Stormers. Sy antwoord was dat dit die beste ding is wat Luke gedoen het en dat hy gelukkig en beïndruk is met Gert Smal as persoon en afrigter.

    Hoe rym dit met Luke se uitlatings van verlede week? Hy verlaat “The last outpost of the British Empire” om by ’n “Dutch-man”- afrigter in die Kaap aan te sluit en dan is hy nogal tevrede met hom.

    My voorstel aan die Watsons is om uit die politiek te bly, dit lyk nie of hulle hul doelwitte daar gaan bereik nie.

    Rapport

    One wonders what the Watson's are hiding?
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