OPINION | Athletes standing up for social causes like Black Lives Matter must be lauded

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Lungi Ngidi taking the knee for the Black Lives Matter movement at the Solidarity Cup
Lungi Ngidi taking the knee for the Black Lives Matter movement at the Solidarity Cup
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In a weird way, we have a lot to thank Pat Symcox, Rudi Steyn, Boeta Dippenaar and Brian McMillan for.

Without their borderline racial diatribe and retort at Lungi Ngidi taking a stance in support of Black Lives Matter and saying he would urge his Proteas teammates to do the same, we might not have had the wildly progressive months we did in July and August.

From that quartet of very average and very white-privileged former Proteas players came the upsurge of support for Ngidi and Black Lives Matter from cricket, rugby, Olympic and women’s sporting codes.

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