…52 little weeks.
On 20th January last year, South Africa woke up to read what our Sports Minister had said about the national football team’s defeat the previous evening:
“The mediocrity we saw yesterday is disgraceful. Last night, we saw a bunch of losers who conceded two useless goals. We must never wake up to this situation ever again,” said Mbalula.
But then guess what happened last night?
On 20th January this year, South Africa woke up to the words of a somewhat different Fikile Mbalula:
End of Match word: Lets not call our boys names but continue to show our support. Its not over yet #AFCON2015
— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) January 19, 2015
But that’s politics for you isn’t it? A short-term, shiny surface popularity contest (see yesterday’s post) with no real substance behind it. I’d love to think that Mbalula felt differently about the South African football team, but deep down, I think he’s just trying to look good in front of his legion of twitter fans after the kicking his reputation took for those 2014 comments.
So, while I’m all for this “new approach”, while we’re a whole 365 days on from Fikile’s extraordinary outburst, while he tells us how we must react to last night’s rubbish with dignity and while we’re all not calling Bafana Bafana names, let’s not allow ourselves to conveniently forget exactly who was the most famous name caller of all.