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South Africans divided on Ramaphosa’s rugby victory address

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has accused the President of being deceitful, for what the party says, is not keeping his word to give South Africans a public holiday if the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup.

On Monday, thousands of South Africans waited with bated breath on President Cyril Ramaphosa to finally announce which day will be a holiday.

Some were disappointed when he declared the 15th of December a Public Holiday.

“The 15th of December falls within a holiday period in South Africa, wherein a majority of labour-intensive industries are already closed; schools are closed, and many South Africans are home with their families. To make matters worse, the 15th of December falls before the 16th of December, which is deemed as the Day of Reconciliation in South Africa and is in actual fact an existing public holiday,” the EFF said in a statement.

“In a typical ANC fashion, Ramaphosa committed to giving the people a public holiday if the Springboks triumph at the Rugby World Cup in France, and now that the time to deliver has arrived, he has betrayed his own promises like the liar he is,” added the party.

They’ve also labeled the President as an opportunist, who uses sporting moments to promote himself and the ANC.

Several points from Ramaphosa’s address have also ruffled the feathers of other political parties and some South Africans.

UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa, has implored South Africans to be vigilant about the funds used as the Springboks embark on a victory tour from Thursday.

Holomisa says government might try to use state resources, which others might further attempt to use for electioneering.

The Boks, who returned to the country today, will officially kick-off their tour with the Elis Web trophy in Joburg.

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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