- John Smit has praised Siya Kolisi for the powerful message he shared on Instagram about the Black Lives Matter movement
- He commented on Kolisi's post and said that Kolisi's experience not feeling valued as a black child in Africa makes him one of the best people to help others understand
- Kolisi's video has had over 140 000 views and has got people talking, having those difficult conversations we need to have as a country
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Former Springbok captain John Smit has reacted to current Springbok captain Siya Kolisi's powerful video he released on Instagram in which he shares his thoughts about the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kolisi's post was sincere and from the heart where he explained how his experience as a child growing up in the townships made him feel as if he didn't have any value.
Siya asserts though that this can change if we make sure everyone has value, and that clearly begins with him using his powerful voice and platform to get important messages across.
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Briefly.co.za learned that he essentially said that if one person is not valued than no one is valued. John Smit has praised Kolisi for his message and he commented on the video:
“I don’t say anyone can tell it better than that Siya. As a young child, you didn’t feel you mattered and through many challenges have become a man that matters to so many and your leadership can make many more understand, which indeed will make us stronger together. Well done - onward and upward, my captain!”
As a former Springbok captain, Smit knows that the position is one of much more than a rugby player but an ambassador for South Africa and a role model for citizens.
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Kolisi mentioned in his video that when Rassie Erasmus changed the culture in the team and focused on valuing each member of the team, it was from then that Kolisi saw the power the change brought to the team and how South Africa as a whole could also become stronger.
Briefly.co.za had earlier reported that Siya Kolisi had reacted to the news that Zindzi Mandela passed away by sharing a powerful video of her on Instagram, paying tribute to the daughter of Nelson Mandela.
Briefly.co.za has learned that Kolisi has become increasingly involved in South Africa's political scene by helping those in need and sharing news of powerful people doing amazing things.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Rachel Kolisi reportedly has a new whip. The wife of Siya Kolisi took to Instagram to show off her new wheels. The beauty revealed she joined the Mercedes-Benz family with a stunning photo.
Rachel rocked an olive green shirt and pants and paired it with tan boots as she stood in front of her Merc. She captioned the photo:
"I drive like a girl. Honoured to be apart of the @mercedesbenzsa fam."
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