Springboks, EFF

Springboks and EFF. Images via X @effsouthafrica, @apringboks

‘Confused much?’: EFF slammed for message to the Springboks [watch]

The EFF has been criticised for its message to the four-time Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks, following Saturday’s victory.

Springboks, EFF

Springboks and EFF. Images via X @effsouthafrica, @apringboks

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has received a vote of no confidence on social media platform X for its congratulatory message to the Springboks.

On Saturday, 28 October, the South African rugby team etched their names into the annals of rugby history by becoming the first team to ever win the coveted Webb Ellis Cup four times. This is after the Bokke beat the All Blacks 12-11 at Stade de France in the World Cup final.

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The monumental win has been celebrated across the country, with congratulatory messages from various figures, organisations, and political parties. These include the EFF which shared a poster on its social media accounts.

“Congratulations to the Springboks for winning the Rugby World Cup! 🥳 Historic, Monumental and Inspiring!” read the caption.

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In addition, the party leader, Julius Malema, only congratulated Boks captain Siya Kolisi, saying: “The love for the flag 🇿🇦, salute to My Captain Siya.”

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The EFF’s message was not well received by the netizens on X who accused the political party of “flip flopping” and being “confused.”

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The EFF is known for its disapproval of the Springboks, citing racial inequality as its biggest reason. When the team won the World Cup in Japan, the party did not join in the celebrations. Meanwhile, party member Mbuyiseni Ndlozi congratulated Kolisi for winning the cup in Japan, saying the rest of the team must “get their congratulations from Prince Harry”.

Ndlozi also took it a step further in Parliament days after the 2019 win, saying the Springboks represent a “white supremacist sign that belongs in the dustbin of history.”

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He continued: “The white community to this day has not recognised the humanity of black people. They refuse to accept that in 25 years, only one – Makazole Mapimpi – has made it from rural rugby in the Eastern Cape, where there are more black rugby players than white people combined in South Africa.”

Malema also took swipes at the team at the time when images of the Boks rubbing shoulders with multibillionaire Johann Rupert, who is considered to be one of the front men of white monopoly capital.

“The owner of South Africa had a braai with the real Springboks team at his place,” he wrote at the time.