- Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi recently called on the team to unite and show support for the Black Lives Matter movement
- In response, former cricketers Rudi Steyn, Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar heavily criticised Ngidi and highlighted the number of farm murders this year
- South Africans took to social media to rally behind Ngidi and disagreed with the sentiments of the ex-Proteas
Protea fire has been the mantra of the South African cricket team in recent times, but one of their star players, Lungi Ngidi, has come under fire.
The Proteas fast bowler was heavily criticised by former cricketers Rudi Steyn, Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar following his comments relative to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Ngidi said, "As a nation as well, we have a past that is also difficult in terms of racial discrimination and things like that. So, definitely, we will be addressing it as a team. It’s something we have to take seriously and like the rest of the world is doing, take a stand.”
However, IOL reported that the trio of ex-Proteas took exception to his stance and urged him to speak out against the spike in farm murders.
Briefly.co.za noted that 26 murders have taken place on South African farms this year.
Former Proteas batsman Rudi Steyn shared the below Facebook post.
Another former batsman and pundit Boeta Dippenaar raised his concerns with the movement as a whole.
Dippenaar said, “I am afraid to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ have become nothing more than a leftist political movement. I would suggest Lungi Ngidi listens a bit more to the likes of Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Walter Williams and Milton Friedman. All lives matter. If you want me to stand shoulder to shoulder with you Lungi then stand shoulder to shoulder with me regards to farm attacks.”
Former spin bowler Pat Symcox was scathing in his assessment: "“What nonsense is this. He must take his own stand if he wishes. Stop trying to get the Proteas involved in his belief. Besides the fact that right now Cricket South Africa should be closed down. A proper dog and pony show with cricket being dragged through the mud daily. Buy popcorn and watch.”
Symcox added that the farm murders is a cause worth supporting.
In contrast, many other social media users rallied behind Ngidi and felt the former cricketers were out of line.
International commentator Natalie Germanos tweeted:
"I am so saddened by what I am seeing. Some Comments by former players and fans are really disturbing. Just because you support one cause doesn’t mean you have no feelings towards other injustices. I stand by Lungi Ngidi."
Simmi Areff (@simmiareff) said,
"Yo @OfficialCSA respond to those racists Boeta Dippenaar and Pat Symcox. You guys are always quiet in these conversations. Last time you allowed Cullinan to chat sh*t about transformation and racism and Lungi Ngidi buried him at Centurion."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Lungi Ngidi could as easily have turned out to be a professional rugby player had he not quit the sport in favour of cricket.
Ngidi came from humble beginnings and his parents, Jerome Ngidi (father) and Bongi Ngidi, could not afford to buy him cricket equipment while growing up.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY’s news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!