Siyamthanda Kolisi known as Siya Kolisi was the one who raised the World Cup trophy in Japan. This high-level sportsman married to a white woman, is very engaged in the anti-racist debate that is at the forefront of the scene since the death of Georges Floyd under the knee Derek Chauvin, a white policeman, on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States-United during his strong arrest.
Siya Kolisi, born 16 June 1991 in Port Elizabeth, is a South African rugby XV player playing in the third row wing or third row center. He has played with the Western Province in the Currie Cup since 2011 and with the Stormers in Super 15 since 2012.
South Africa’s first black captain, Siya Kolisi spoke on her Instagram account. He talked about the obstacles he had to overcome in order to achieve this high level of sport. He now says he is ready to take up the fight against racism.
“When I arrived at the Springboks, everything was done in Afrikaans (the language of the descendants of the white settlers) and I could not speak Afrikaans at all (…). It was very hard.” I had to adapt to this culture (Afrikaans) and I had to conform to it to feel accepted. I didn’t feel like I was representing my country. I felt that I was not appreciated for my value and that I had to be grateful to be there. It is time for all of us to change and start making South Africa what so many people fought for, so many people died for.” He said, referring to the struggle against apartheid.Apartheid was a so-called “separate development” policy that affected populations according to racial or ethnic criteria in specific geographical areas. It was conceptualized and introduced in South Africa in 1948 by the National Party, then abolished on 30 June 1991. I have been in a leadership position in sport for a long time and I did not raise the issue (racism) because I was afraid of being excluded or I was afraid of being perceived as different. “The time for fear and silence is over … The next generation cannot suffer as we have suffered. Until our lives matter, no life matters, we are all important. Black people’s lives matter. “
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