- Mama Joy Chauke, South Africa's sports superfan, faces criticism for her trip to support the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup
- Mama Joy's France trip was sponsored by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and the SA Rugby Union
- Many South Africans have defended Mama Joy's presence at the Rugby World Cup
JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's sports superfan Mama Joy Chauke has been trending on social media for all the wrong reasons.
Her presence at the Rugby World Cup in support of the Springboks as they try to defend their title and bring the Webb Ellis Cup back home seems to have some people feeling unsettled.
While Mama Joy is in France supporting the Bokke, some South Africans at home have raised concerns about her frequent travels abroad.
Twitter users question why Mama Joy is in France
According to IOL, Mama Joy was commissioned by the department and the SA Rugby Union to fly to France for World Cup games. However, Gouws questioned why Mama Joy and another superfan, Botha Msila, are the only ones enjoying superfan privileges.
Here's what Gouws said:
"I was today years old when I found out that these two are paid by the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture to go and be supporters in the stands. I'm not joking, they are paid by taxpayers to go to sporting events across the world to 'represent' South Africa."
Gouws also expressed concern that Mama Joy had been to three World Cups in the past year, namely:
- The Fifa Women's World Cup in New Zealand and Australia;
- Netball World Cup at home in Cape Town; and
- Fifa World Cup in Qatar.
Mama Joy frequently travels to sporting events in the country using her own money and is well known for supporting all types of sports, including soccer, cricket and netball.
She was previously a superfan for Orlando Pirates FC but switched sides and now supports Royal AM FC.
South Africans defend Mama Joy amid backlash
"I have known Mama Joy and Botha for as long as I've been a sports fan. Anyone taking offence at this is simply insulting them silently. Mama Joy has always shown up for every SA sport. I met her at OR Tambo on a school trip when she was welcoming the Olympics team in 2012."
"These two have been the biggest sports supporters across all sports in South Africa ever since. Their passion started when no one was even recognising them. If you only watch rugby and not other sports in South Africa, you might not recognise them."
"We are very proud of Mama Joy. Keep sharing this good news."
Springboks fans celebrate in Paris
A TikTok video shows a jovial group of fans rocking supporters jerseys and outfits as they march down the streets of Paris.
In the video, the men and women are seen singing "Ole" happily as they rock proudly South African regalia.
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Source: Briefly News