OPINION | Rugby and cricket, past twin separatist tools, now at polar ends of racial unity

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Once pawns to the apartheid political game, rugby and cricket have never been as far apart in their perceptions of racial unity as they are in 2022, with the former sowing warm fuzzy feelings of fulfilment and the latter of stone-cold division, writes Sibusiso Mjikeliso.

Rugby and cricket were twin pawns of the apartheid era propaganda machine, used to sow division and to keep race groups and generational talents out of those respective sports and from representing the country.

Both codes have had their struggles since early 1990s unification and democracy in 1994 to cleanse themselves of their past ills. Both have got plenty wrong, left a trail of wrecked careers and emotional carnage in their wake, and at times have lifted the nation in times of despair.

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