South Africa’s flanker Siya Kolisi (C) lifts the Webb Ellis Cup 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 CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
Millions of South Africans will be waking up with sore heads this morning, but the party might not come to a halt before the beginning of the working week. Cyril Ramaphosa is being pressured by significant public figures to call Monday a public holiday, in order to properly celebrate the Springboks’ stunning World Cup triumph.
The campaign has been growing online, and we’ve got to say, we’re big fans of it. Only a surprise day-off could unite the people of South Africa in the same way sport does, so combining the two could really harness the goodwill coursing through the country.
Will Monday be a public holiday to celebrate the Springboks?
It’s not often Mmusi Maimane and Patricia de Lille agree on anything. But judging by their Twitter accounts, the former DA members are on the same page when it comes to downing tools on Monday:
Monday should be a public holiday @CyrilRamaphosa. We are sending a motion on behalf of the people
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) November 2, 2019
— Patricia de Lille (@PatriciaDeLille) November 2, 2019
“We want Monday off”, say leading political figures
Even influential anti-crime advocate Yusuf Abramjee has got in on the act, joining the thousands of Tweeters who are clamouring for an extra day of recovery. According to the Crime Watch host, Monday should serve as a day where the entire nation welcomes the Springboks back home.
#RWC2019 Dear President @CyrilRamaphosa – We have reason to celebrate! 🇿🇦🇿🇦Declare Monday a public holiday as we welcome our heroes home! The @Springboks have done our country proud. Let’s show the world we are #StrongerTogther #MondayHolidayCall RETWEET TO SUPPORT! pic.twitter.com/MmYArTkDgo
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) November 2, 2019
The Acting President of South Africa may take one for the team
It’s quite funny, really: With Cyril Ramaphosa still in Japan, he’s technically not on presidential duty. That honour has been bestowed upon Angie Motshekga. The Basic Education Minister is in temporary charge until the elected president comes home. She could really make a name for herself here, and that’s all we’re going to say…
The case for a public holiday on Monday is a strong one, too: What on earth could possibly get done on a day where productivity will be at zero, and half the country will still be bleary-eyed? How many of us can honestly say we will be in the mood to work, when the alternative is to make good on these promises of “unity and togetherness” inspired by such an iconic moment?
Ramaphosa, Motshekga, whoever has to make the decision… do the right thing.