Kolisi said that he does not believe iconic former South African president Nelson Mandela would have backed racial quotas for the national team.
CAPE TOWN – A recent interview by Springbok captain Siya Kolisi given while speaking to a Japanese news agency has caused an online furore.
While the interview and reactions to it have been brewing on social media since the weekend, it was only really on Tuesday when the Springbok captain became a trending topic. People unleashed a flurry of comments and criticisms over the remarks made by Kolisi.
There were those however who also quickly came to Kolisi’s defence stating that his remarks held merit and that people were seeking outrage over a non-issue.
— NegroWithAttitude (@WekwaMutetwa) January 8, 2019
That he needs to have a more articulate position on transformation, as a person in a position of leadership, that neither seeks to invalidate what is currently in place legislatively nor make it all about him and his own experience. Because, as it stands he’s an anomaly.
— Karabo Sitto (@SittoK) January 8, 2019
— Mihla (@teamSA4eva) January 7, 2019
Siya Kolisi “Imagine if I had not gone to an English (high) school. I would not have eaten properly, I would not have grown properly” we have many blacks who think like this Yazi. As for eaten properly, I am out of words #SiyaKolisi #blackpriviledge #Springboks pic.twitter.com/UNRfnr8mu4
— lancelot mthobisi (@lmmfuphi) January 8, 2019
Black people are too quick to judge without understanding what #SiyaKolisi said,now it makes them look like racists.
Let’s not be ignorant,we know what the Captain said is true.
— H O P E Y 💕 (@Shes_fair) January 8, 2019
But #SiyaKolisi is 100% right on the matter, our government is doing nothing about grooming young black talent from townships, Bavuma and Rabada are international cricketers because of schools attended which their talents were identified. We have alot of talent but resources
— Tebogo Molekoa (@Tebogo_Molekoa) January 8, 2019
#SiyaKolisi is 100% on merit & correct ! Quotas in all forms are killing South Africa. Furthermore it goes against our very constitution ! Quotas cannot work if applied unfairly as is the case currently. Govt must build capacity first.
— rikesh ishwarlall (@Rikesh_I_am) January 8, 2019