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EFF criticised for glum reaction to Springboks’ World Cup win

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South Africa’s head coach Rassie Erasmus (L) lifts the Webb Ellis Cup with South Africa’s lock RG Snyman (C) and South Africa’s full back Willie Le Roux as they celebrate winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

There’s always one (or two) isn’t there? While South Africans were celebrating the Springboks’ electrifying World Cup win on Saturday, not everyone in the country was happy with our newest sporting heroes. Senior leadership figures in the EFF were left unimpressed by the victory.

EFF leaders reject the Springboks

They instead chose to lambast the Springboks for historical and political issues. The party’s National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi lead the negativity, outraged by the unaligned numbers of white and black players in the squad, as well as the existing race-based problems which exist in South Africa.

Congratulations to #SiyaKolisi… the rest go get your congratulations from Prince Harry

— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) November 2, 2019

#UntilMonday morning when blacks with massive education qualifications report to whites with matric. Unity for what? For who? On whose land?#UntilMonday when white owned banks refuse to give black entrepreneurs funding.

Never live a lie, even when it feels good!

— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) November 2, 2019

What’s the issue?

Ndlozi has never made any bones about his attitude towards the Springboks and their progress on transformation. If nothing else, he is sticking to his guns. But it seems to be a bad attempt to read the mood of the country, and that discouraging sentiment was further enforced by EFF Treasurer General Leigh Mathys, both before and after the match:

If the #Springboks win today, can we safely conclude that winning is dependent on whether Presidents have the general approval of settlers and WMC https://t.co/0HUJndtm2G

— IG: @leighmathys (@LeighMathys) November 2, 2019

Social media reacts to EFF criticism of Springboks

Although the pair found some support from other dissenting voices, they have received an enormous backlash online. Even some of their self-confessed supporters slammed the Tweets.

At a time where South African unity in our country is so needed & an entire country is united behind our #Springboks celebrating their spectacular #RWCFinal win we have EFF morons tweeting this rubbish, Ndlozi the fool, clearly misreading the mood in SA!👇🏼😡 #StrongerTogether https://t.co/ExdGu0CYv5

— JodiAnne (@JodiSAnne) November 2, 2019

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and some of the EFF leaders comments yesterday revealed a side i was not aware of as an EFF supporter. Their comments were meant to further dent even the little hope that yhe country has. Their comments were utter disgusting to say the least

— Mastermind (@EFFOnlineSldier) November 3, 2019

Whatever debate needs to be had about the Springboks’ and their legacy, this weekend is the most inopportune time to try and force the agenda. If Ndlozi and Mathys aren’t careful, they could blow our chances of a public holiday for Monday.

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