Disappointment rippled nationwide today as people woke up to discover no public holiday following the Springboks’ sensational triumph in the IRB Rugby World Cup. Despite widespread speculations and requests from the public, President Cyril Ramaphosa decided not to declare a holiday after South Africa’s victory against France.
In response to the clamour for a day off to celebrate the Springboks’ achievement, President Ramaphosa explained, “This incredible success that our boys have achieved in Paris… Many of them felt that we should declare today a public holiday and I declined. I said we will only consider that when they win the final at which I will personally be present.”
A video capturing his statement went viral on various social media platforms. The Springboks defeated New Zealand in the final by a single point. The President had the honour of standing on the podium. He awarded medals to the players and held the coveted championship trophy.
Ramaphosa acknowledged the remarkable journey of the Springbok team, saying, “Never in a Rugby World Cup tournament has any team had to travel on such a difficult road as the Springbok team of 2023, having beaten the top-ranking rugby teams in the world to reach this finale.” He emphasised the overwhelming support from South Africa and the entire African continent, expressing the determination of the team to bring the cup home.
In anticipation of Ramaphosa’s address to the nation later tonight, many people who were looking forward to a public holiday were left disappointed by the decision not to declare one, as their hopes for a day off to celebrate the historic win were not realised.
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