'Unnecessary outrage': Lesufi apologises after accusing Springbok fan of flaunting old SA flag

2019-10-28 11:51
Panyaza Lesufi was forced to apologise after the lambasted three Springbok fans for holding an 'old SA flag' raised Panyaza Lesufi's ire over the weekend. It turned out to be the current flag.

Panyaza Lesufi was forced to apologise after the lambasted three Springbok fans for holding an 'old SA flag' raised Panyaza Lesufi's ire over the weekend. It turned out to be the current flag. (Screenshot/@Lesufi on Twitter)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has apologised for incorrectly accusing a Springboks fan of wearing an old South African flag around his shoulders at the Rugby World Cup game against Wales over the weekend.

Lesufi had tweeted a screenshot of several fans in Springboks shirts and wigs, saying: "That flag, unfortunately is spoiling it! This team @Springboks belongs to all of us. Let’s avoid hurting each other unnecessarily. #StrongerTogether."

Panyaza Lesufi, twitter, old flag

Screenshot of Panyaza Lesufi's tweet (Twitter/@Lesufi)

Many people were confused because one of the fans was actually donning the new South African flag. The red and white colours were visible below his waist, while the black, yellow and green colours were draped over his left shoulder.

READ | Apartheid flag ruling: Gratuitous display constitutes hate speech

Twitter users called out Lesufi for spreading fake news, sowing division and lowering the mood after a win against Wales. Some shared photos with different angles or live footage to show Lesufi he had made a mistake.

One user, @vgnaidoo, said: "It's the post 1994 flag. Check out other tweets that illustrate this. Unnecessary outrage. Lets (sic) enjoy the day."

Another, @MissPalulu/PalulusKitchen, said: "@Lesufi, if you look carefully, you'll notice that it is a South African flag hanging on the gentlemen's (sic) shoulder. I know we are a highly sensitive nation but on this one, I don't think you are correct."

Even Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for the international relations and cooperation department, weighed in: "These are patriots my leader. That's our flag!"

Lesufi apologised on Sunday evening: "Sincere apologies fellow South Africans [.] the initial angle was completely wrong! Let's celebrate the team's win @Springboks  Forward with social cohesion. We are better together than divided! Apartheid flag divides South African flag unites! Slaan hulle die volgende week!"

The Springboks face off against England in the World Cup final on Saturday.

- Compiled by Jenna Etheridge.

Read more on:    twitter  |  panyaza le­sufi  |  social media
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.