Drugs are heinous things. People that sell
drugs are even more heinous.
Yet the drug trade, sadly, is truly
monstrous. It’s a simple case of demand and supply.
One method of curbing this blight on
society that is gaining traction amongst those that count, is legalising the
drug trade in order to gain some hope of regulating it.
For every action, there is a reaction.
With the converse also being true, I am
suggesting that we ditch the Springbok, thus removing the regulation of its consumption
My bet is that it will grow almost as fast
as the drug trade!
And while drugs are heinous and bad, the
springbok has the ability to continue to be a symbol of hope, unification and
glory that Madiba wanted it to be.
By keeping it on the Springbok jersey, all
we are doing is giving no name brands who do little other than sit in parliament
the ability to score cheap political points by calling for its removal in
Take it away, and they might actually have
to do some work – like dream up ways to keep Craven Week players of colour in
the system so new Bok coach Allister Coetzee has a bigger talent pool to call
Or low and behold, try and come with ways
to maintain our country’s infrastructure, tackle poverty, insure that education
is a reality or even work out ways to stimulate the economy so as to create
“Bafana Bafana” is not on the national
soccer kit. The word “Proteas” is not on the national cricket kit. “AmaGlug-glug” is not on the SA Under-23 soccer kit.
Why do we need the word “Springbok” on the
national rugby kit for the team to be known as the Springboks, Boks, Bokke or
In fact, would it not be tremendously fun
to wear the replica kit with the Springbok emblazoned on it in even bigger
fashion than it ever was on the Bok jersey?
A fun way to pull a little zap sign at the
people who are running the country into the ground, yet are happy to spend so
much time getting a little 5cm buck removed from a piece of clothing.
And unlike SAFA, who missed the boat twice
on trademarking the term “Bafana Bafana”, SARU have indeed trademarked all
things “Springbok”, so would continue to generate revenue from it. Revenue that
could be used to indeed keep those talented Craven Week players in the system
for a little longer!
I suggest this not out of spite, but out of
love for an emblem that I truly do not see as divisive, instead one
representative of all the good that sport can do for our country.
The Bok is dead, long live the Bok!
Tank Lanning is a former Western Province prop and vociferous tweeter from @frontrowgrunt. Disclaimer:
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