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Simnikiwe Xabanisa
Simnikiwe Xabanisa

When the dust has settled around the #BlackLivesMatter conjecture that played itself out in local cricket circles this week, Messrs (Pat) Symcox and (Boeta) Dippenaar will find they were instrumental in seeing to it that Cricket SA (CSA) joined the antiracism movement.

In a manner not too dissimilar to apartheid South Africa presenting a comprehensive forward defence to democracy for decades, four white former Proteas players – Symcox, Dippenaar, Brian McMillan and Rudi Steyn – were strident in voicing their opposition to current Proteas player Lungi Ngidi’s saying he and his team-mates would talk about also acknowledging the movement.

McMillan’s response could have been predicted as early as 21 years ago, when he sledged Ashraf Mall by suggesting a team-mate bowl him a “coolie creeper”, while the weight of Steyn’s thoughts on the matter are overshadowed by the brevity of his time as a player for the Proteas (let’s just say #InternationalCapsMatter).

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