Makazole Mapimpi has been the media darling since the Springboks' return from Japan. A social media user recently shared amazing photos of the rugby player participating in a traditional Xhosa ritual in rural Eastern Cape.
Twitter user Mawandinho shared the pictures with the caption:
"Mapimpi does the Lord's work in his spare time."
The pictures showed a casually-dressed Mapimpi carrying icansi (mat) and accompanying successful initiates from the mountain. This act is usually done by a close family member so the young men may well be related to the rugby player.
Xhosa social media users were impressed by his deep devotion to his culture and practices.
"A father figure."
"It must be his relatives."
Others were concerned about why the moment was caught on camera as no pictures are supposed to be taken during this process. Twitter user NdongeniBuhle said:
"I’ve never seen so many woman amongst newly initiated men... You are not even allowed to take pictures... there’s a guy with a bucket full of amanzi entelezi in front to keep people from getting close..."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that a woman shared that Springbok player Makazole Mapimpi tried to inbox her years before his fame. In the screenshot shared, she alleged that she ignored the winger and only responded after seeing him at the Rugby World Cup. Social media users couldn't help but laugh at her ridiculous story.
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