Cyril Ramaphosa says he's glad he does not have to run against the Springboks in an election, because Siya Kolisi would probably become president. SIMON BORCHARDT
reports from Pretoria.
The president was speaking at the Union Buildings, where the Boks began their five-day World Cup Trophy Tour around the country.
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'We thank the Springboks for the impact this victory has had on our country,' Ramaphosa said. 'In many ways, you have helped to unite our country. You have lifted the spirits of the people in our country.
'As you take this cup around the country, I want you to appreciate that you had 57-million South Africans behind you, wishing you well and supporting you all the way. And here are some of them [at the Union Buildings] who continue to support you.'
Ramaphosa added, with a smile: 'What I am pleased about is that we are not about to hold an election. If we were, I have no doubt that the entire rugby team would be in cabinet and parliament. They would win the election!
'Siya Kolisi could have been president and Rassie Erasmus the minister of finance.'
Meanwhile, Kolisi thanked coach Rassie Erasmus for making them believe the team could achieve anything if they worked hard.
'The most important thing we learned as a group from you that it's about the Springbok badge on our chests, not our own ambitions. That all falls into place once we work together.'