As much as our bodies need to occasionally detox, we also need a mental and spiritual detox, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
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The Springboks have revived the much-maligned concept of South Africa as a rainbow nation with a historic Rugby World Cup championship victory on Saturday. But Siya Kolisi and Rassie Erasmus' rainbow nation has no room for holy cows. With the greatest of respect, this is not a time for only singing "Shosholoza" and holding hands and thinking things will change.
Rugby culture in South Africa has been stubbornly resistant to change. But the usual crowd shots of all-white South African crowds at rugby matches – sometimes waving the old apartheid flag – are becoming a thing of the past. It is precisely for this reason that Kolisi’s captaincy is so important.
The fact that the detractors of the Springboks' Rugby World Cup win are coming out for all to see them is not a bad thing. It allows us to challenge them about their myopic attempt to elevate narrow racial considerations over national pride.
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