The dust has finally settled after the Springboks’ trophy tour came to an end earlier this week.
The euphoria around the ‘rainbow nation’ notion is also slowly starting to dissipate too and so is the false narrative around racial unity.
The Springboks success was a much-needed reminder that South Africa is a great country with enormous problems around race and inequality.
The moment after Cheslin Koble scored the second try in the final, South Africa’s name engraved on the Webb Ellis trophy, Siya Kolisi lifting the trophy are memories that will be replayed for generations to come.
However, the Boks’ success continues to divide opinions across.
EFF’s spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi maintains that a momentous occasion such as winning a world cup should not be held to such high regard, because of diversity issues in the game and also the false narrative of racial unity.
Granted, Ndlozi is raising valid points over false racial unity.
Rugby is still a white-dominated sport and the race relations and racial solidarity are worse than before.
The public is well versed with these issues and Ndlozi does not have to remind the public about that.
Public figures need to stop treating members of the public like idiots.
We are not forced to support the Boks, we are not ignorant of the narrative.
People know that the euphoria we have had recently will disappear and we will have a Penny Sparrow and Vicky Momberg trending on social media sooner or later.
And no, rugby alone can not unite us.
South Africans are aware of our many deep-rooted race and societal issues.
A world cup title cannot make us ignore the racial inequalities, the high unemployment, lack of leadership, crime and so forth.
Many South Africans live in abject poverty, unemployed and are afraid of violent crimes.
A united South Africa will only be realised once black South Africans are treated equally in every sphere of our society.
That means being paid the same to their white counterparts, land reform materialises and eradication or poor education.
Black South Africans welcomed and supported the Boks because we understand that inclusion and representation are important.
It is not just the historic moment of Kolisi being the first black captain to win the rugby world cup.
It is the likes of Makazole Mapimpi, Lukhanyo Am, Beast Mtawarira, Kolbe, Sbu Nkosi and Bongi Mbonambi who inspire the black population that inclusion is possible in the new South Africa.
The whole rugby squad is the reason the Ellis Webb trophy came home for the third time and so it is should be celebrated as such.
Rassie Erasmus stated they knew the importance of winning this tournament for the country.
It was not just about the players for themselves, they were doing it for our country that is still entangled in race and inequality.
Politicians and public figures should not try to further isolate the poor black people into their depression by refusing to allow them to see a positive sign towards fighting for inclusion.