- Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi has apologised after criticising a Springbok fan for allegedly bringing an old flag to the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup
- After numerous sources pointed out that it had actually been the new flag, the politician had been quick to make amends
- Lesufi has been one of the biggest voices in the call to remove symbols of oppression but it seems this time around he jumped the gun
Panyaza Lesufi has received a fair amount of backlash after jumping to conclusions over a Springbok supporter.
In a social media post, the Gauteng MEC had blasted a spectator who had seemingly brought the old apartheid flag along with him to the match:
"That flag, unfortunately, is spoiling it! This team Springboks belongs to all of us. Let's avoid hurting each other unnecessarily."
Citizens were quick to point out that this had been a misperception on Lesufi's part, sharing clips that revealed the actual situation.
As he was initially wrong about the situation, Lesufi had apologised for his comments:
"Sincere apologies fellow South Africans the initial angle was completely wrong! Let’s celebrate the team’s win Springboks! Forward with social cohesion. We are better together than divided! Apartheid flag divides South African flag unites! Slaan hulle die volgende week!"
Briefly.co.za reported that Lesufi has long led the voice calling for change in his province, removing offensive names from schools and even street names.
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