- President Cyril Ramaphosa has shared his experience at the Rugby World Cup this past weekend
- The politician says that the victory is proof of what South Africans can achieve when they stand united
- Filled with pride following the match, Ramaphosa has urged citizens to come together and tackle the country's challenges
President Cyril Ramaphosa says that South Africa managed to secure a win at the Rugby World Cup despite the challenges back home.
Briefly.co.za reported that the leader had traveled to Japan in order to support the Springboks in their bid for supremacy in the championship.
Ramaphosa says that Captain Siya Kolisi epitomises the transformation of a sport that was once racially segregated:
"Siya’s captaincy not only epitomises the transformation of a sport that was once racially segregated; it is the power of a dream fulfilled. This is the dream of a young man of humble circumstances to one day wear the green and gold jersey, and of a country that has enabled him to see it realised."
The president seems to have a special place in his heart for Kolisi, sharing a moment from the day:
"The sight of Springbok captain Siyamthanda Kolisi lifting the cup at the Yokohama Stadium on Saturday filled me with great pride. I could see the undisguised emotion on the face of his father, Fezakele Raymond Kolisi watching from the stands. There was his son, the first black captain of the Springboks, making history."
With the nation united by the win, Ramaphosa wants SA to take a page out of the captain's book:
"Let the goodwill brought by our success at Yokohama inspire us to put our collective shoulder to the wheel as we confront our economic, political and social challenges together – and overcome them. As Siya Kolisi said: 'We can achieve anything if we work together as one.' "
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