Tue 8 Jan 2019 | 02:07

Siya comments evoke ugly side of social media

Siya comments evoke ugly side of social media
Tue 8 Jan 2019 | 02:07
Siya comments evoke ugly side of social media
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REACTION: The ugly side of social media came to fore this week in the wake of Springbok captain Siyamthanda Kolisi’s comments on transformation.

In an interview with @FreemanrugbyJPN of KYODO NEWS in Japan, Kolisi tried to articulate his views on why transformation should not be a numbers game.

Kolisi said that he does not believe iconic former South African President Nelson Mandela would have backed racial quotas for the national team.

“I don’t think he [Mandela] would have supported that [quotas], but I don’t know him,” Kolisi told Rich Freeman of Kyodo News.

“I would not want to be picked because of my skin colour because that surely would not be good for the team, and the guys around you would know.”

The interview and Kolisi’s views in them have evoked strong reactions – on both sides of the spectrum.

Many of the thousands of reactions on social media were without context and some rather ugly – such as the one that suggested Kolisi ‘needs a freaken tire around his neck’.

Not all his detractors were that hateful, but even former Springbok loose forward Thando Manana expressed his “disappointments” with Kolisi.

He also has many supporters.

Below is a sample of the social media storm that erupted …

Kolisi ninterview Parts One and Two:

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