A video has emerged online in the wake of South Africa’s comprehensive win over Italy on Friday that has flared Bok fans tempers and caused a massive reaction regarding racism within the team.
The video shows a group of white players celebrating in a huddle, excluding Makazole Mapimpi, who was forced to walk off.
The video has caused a massive stir in South Africa and has split Springbok fans.
This was the video:
— Luphumlo Joka ©?™? (@jokaluphumlo) October 5, 2019
Since then, both Mapimpi himself and head coach Rassie Erasmus have explained what was happening in the video, as this was a clip of the Springboks’ ‘Bomb Squad’. This is the name given to the bench, who were primarily white against Italy, welcoming Franco Mostert into the group, as he had been demoted to the bench in favour of Lood de Jager.
This was the explanation that Erasmus initially gave, and it has been reiterated by the winger on social media.
— Chunky Amateur Afro (@owasendle) October 5, 2019
Despite the efforts to placate any unhappy fans, there still has been an overwhelming reaction on social media by those that feel there is a clear racial divide in the Springboks squad.
The worst thing is that some fans are not convinced by the video from Mapimpi, and have suggested that he has been made to respond.
There has also been those that have shared other photos and videos that suggest there is no racism within the Springboks squad, while others have said that this is unnecessarily creating drama when an explanation has been given.
But there has still been a huge reaction to this clip, nonetheless, which gives an insight into what the fans think at the moment.
These are some examples of the reaction to this video:
There is No rainbow nation here. SA rugby won't do anything. So its means players share rooms according to their skin colour .
— Owen Zooma (@Owen_Zuma) October 5, 2019
And we still pretend it's a rainbow nation for all ??
— andrew (@amavuru) October 5, 2019
People acting surprised like this is something new. This is typical springboks. They’ll never change. Given half a chance they’ll have the entire 23 without a single player of colour.
— Ameer Adhikari (@Ameer1975) October 5, 2019
But what else is he expected to say? ?????? Who ddnt see an explanation coming
— Nhlonipho Msweli (@Nhlokzin) October 5, 2019
I suggest you don’t believe everything you read.
— Win (@wincadman) October 5, 2019
Why isn't this "boom squad" there explaining this with him? Not buying it.
— CollyMo (@Da1stCollyMo) October 5, 2019
Such shocking racism…. pic.twitter.com/rOLvm4az9V
— Ronnie Van Jaarsveld (@topsyturvy777) October 5, 2019
#mampipi His explain makes sense. We are reading too much from nothing. Let support the Boks and forget about negative people.
— Mthoko Mashabane (@mthoko_sthe) October 5, 2019
Alongside the ongoing saga regarding Eben Etzebeth and whether he will need to return to South Africa during the Rugby World Cup for a racial abuse trial, this is yet more damaging news for the Springboks.
Despite the success that the team are having on the field currently, remaining one of the favourites to lift the Webb Ellis Cup in November, there is clearly tension under the surface amongst fans.
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