'It's time for South Africans to start believing in themselves again' - praise pours in for the Boks

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, seated next to his wife Leah Tutu. (File, Aletta Harrison, News24)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, seated next to his wife Leah Tutu. (File, Aletta Harrison, News24)

"It's time for South Africans to start believing in themselves again."

This was the message from Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah, as praise was heaped on the victorious Springboks after their 32-12 Rugby World Cup win over England on Saturday. 

"We are incredibly proud to be South Africans," the Tutus said in a statement.

"What a fantastic achievement from Siya Kolisi, Rassie Erasmus, all the players and staff. You have achieved much more than winning the Rugby World Cup, you have restored a self-doubting nation's belief.

READ: 'Carried by the love of SA' - Tutu wishes the Springboks ahead of final against England

"We are a special country, and an extraordinary people. On days such as this we understand that when we pull together the sky is the limit. When we believe in ourselves we can achieve our dreams.

"Our father, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, is smiling from the heavens today.

"Halala Siya Kolisi, treasure of the nation! God bless you." 

Parliament also congratulated the Springboks after winning their third World Cup as well as the nation for its support.

"We salute the sterling leadership displayed by coach Rassie Erasmus and team captain Siya Kolisi. To the whole team we say, Halala Bokke! Halala!" 

Parliament' presiding officers, National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces chairperson Amos Masondo, said this year's team "repeated the uniting and nation-building effect the 1995 crop brought about to our nation". 

They also urged the team to be role models to curb gender-based violence.

"We are also very proud of the team for bringing the cup home. We are very proud of the team and cherish their resilient spirit." 

One of the team's sponsors, Samsung, said the Boks might not have gone into the contest as favourites, but they were champions now. 

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