For me one of the warmest feelings I get being part of a country I so dearly love, is when I’m at a Sharks game and the crowd chants “Beast Beast”.
Those are the moments when the land of my dreams becomes a reality. To be part of a huge crowd of spectators and feel the unity amongst us, is pure magic.
Ironically it would be a man from one of the most dysfunctional African states that would come along and make us all chant in harmony.
After Charles Dumbwin’s article on soccer yesterday, I have been deep in thought about how sport has the ability to unify us as a nation and how we whites are excluded from soccer as if we have no value to bring to the game.
SARU has undeniably done more to integrate us all and unify us than SAFA in their arrogance will ever achieve. Sadly Bafana Bafana’s dismal record reflects this rotten attitude towards us whites.
Real reconciliation would have meant that we would be seen as part of this country because we were born here. I am the proudest when I see one of our many new black rugby stars shine. It is moments when JP Pietersen gets the ball, that I forget I was born at a time when certain people were put through hell by people I hope are in hell if there was one.
South African rugby, for all the criticism levelled at it, has done more to unify us than any other sport.
So from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank a man like Tendai Mtawarira, for his unintentional role of teaching us to be one nation.
Long live our Beast!
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