- Panyaza Lesufi's apology to the Springbok fans he thought were holding the old flag has been accepted
- The 'Faf Squad' had heard of their photo going viral in the midst of outrage over the alleged foul
- However, all has been forgiven and the Bok fans say they want the nation to unite under the new flag
Neels Swanepoel, one of the 'Four Fafs' has come forward after a photo of him and his mates enjoying the semi-finals went viral.
Briefly.co.za reported that Panyaza Lesufi had come out in strong opposition after he spotted what he perceived to be the old flag:
"That flag, unfortunately, is spoiling it! This team Springboks belongs to all of us. Let’s avoid hurting each other unnecessarily. #StrongerTogether"
The Gauteng MEC has since apologised for his transgression, despite the fans saying that the flag had been brand new:
"It's a brand new flag out of the bag so we're really sorry that the red bit could have looked orange to somebody. It was obviously completely unintentional."
Speaking to News24 after the incident, Swanepoel says that they had aimed to have a little fun and support the Bokke:
"It's just a show of solidarity to the Springboks in general and to little Faf de Klerk. He's our man. Not one of us have a physical profile of a scrummy - just call us a bunch of out of shape Fafs."
The South Africans had aimed to unite the nation with this show of solidarity and their hopes are set high for the upcoming final:
"It's not going to be easy but we are sure the guys will give their best. With a coach like Rassie [Erasmus] and a captain like Siya and all the other boys, it's the best chance to hope for a win."
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