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NC kids’ haka goes viral

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“We made the video just for fun. We did not think that so many people would like it. We just had fun in the street at the time”

A GROUP of young boys from Prieska has set social media ablaze with a video of their rendition of the All Blacks’ haka.

The video has been viewed by thousands of people with many wondering where the group are from.

Twelve-year-old Sinothemba Romeo Yawa, who is the group leader in the video, said the video was shot years back.

Sinothemba said he was shocked to hear that the video was viewed by so many people.

“We made the video just for fun. We did not think that so many people would like it. We just had fun in the street at the time,” said Sinothemba.

He said that they were taught the choreography and words for the video by his late brother, Wayne, who had died in a horrific motor vehicle accident, where five youths between the ages of eight and 22 were killed in 2016 after a truck crashed into a minibus which was transporting their family to a church conference. The five deceased were all from the same family.

He said it took the group just two days to learn the haka. “We did not really practise the act. My brother just taught it to us after we returned from rugby practice.

“We decided to perform it in the street one day just to entertain the people in the neighbourhood. Someone took a video of it and posted it on Facebook. I did not think that people would like it that much. The video will now hold a special memory of my brother and I now regard it as a legacy he left to me.”

Sinothemba, who plays hooker in Prieska High School’s Under-13 rugby team, said he hopes to one day wear the green and gold Springbok jersey.

“I love playing rugby. Prieska High School brought me from RD Williams Primary School after noticing my talent. I have been playing rugby for the past two years. I would love to be part of the Springboks one day and represent my country,” he said.