Government has congratulates the national rugby team the Springboks for winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
“Equally, government extends its congratulations to the technical support team that worked with the Boks that led to the magnificent win,” the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said in a statement.
The #StrongerTogether team powered ahead in Yokohoma, beating England by 32-12.
“This is our 3rd world cup victory in just 25 years. As a young nation, we pride ourselves in the strides we have made in developing our sporting fraternity. We are particularly proud of our captain Siyathanda Kolisi, who is our first African captain, to lead the team to a world cup victory.
“The euphoria created by the sterling performance of the Boks have brought together people of different races, cultures, and walks of life and united them for a common purpose. Once again, sport has proven to be a critical part of knitting together the social fabric of our nation. Transformation in our sporting codes and at grassroots levels are vital to strengthening sports in the country.
“Government thanks the fans and all South Africans across the globe for their continuous support to the South African team throughout the various stages of the world cup. The united spirit displayed during this world cup shows us that South Africa can overcome any challenge through determination and by working together. We are indeed #StrongerTogether,” the GCIS statement said.
In a separate statement, Parliament’s presiding officers, National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Amos Masondo, also congratulated the Springboks.
“This year’s team has also rippled the uniting and nation-building effect the 1995 crop brought about to our nation, which is evident that sport plays an important and catalytic role for social cohesion and comradery. We also urge the team to be role models to our youth, including men in our drive as a nation to curb gender-based violence, as we are also heading to another effort of the 16 days against the scourge of violence against women and children in our country.
“We salute the sterling leadership displayed of coach Rassie Erasmus and the team captain Siya Kolisi. To the whole team, we say Halala Bokke! Halala!”
Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen also sent heartfelt congratulations to the Springboks on a historic victory against England to clinch trophy in Japan.
“The Boks, lifted the William Webb-Ellis trophy for a record matching 3rd time, a remarkable feat only previously achieved by New Zealand. This world cup win comes at a time when South Africa is at the edge of the precipice —a nation reeling from deep divisions and in desperate need of a renewed sense of togetherness.
“The 2019 Rugby World Cup has been a highly anticipated event for South Africans and we thank the team for once again reminding the nation that we are indeed #StrongerTogether and of our shared commitment to building a united and diverse South Africa.
“The Boks have reinvigorated and revived our collective pride for our young nation and have shown us what can be achieved when we all pull together to attain a common goal,” Steenhuisen said.