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Tendai Mtawarira of Barbarians takes to the field during the Killik Cup match between Barbarians and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on November 16, 2019 in London, England.

Retired Springbok Legend Tendai Mtawarira Speaks on Black Lives Matter

The veteran rugby player has added his voice to Black Lives Matter and systemic racism as the reckoning within South African sports continues.

Retired Springbok rugby player Tendai Mtawarira has recently added his voice to the Black Lives Matter conversation. Mtawarira took to social media to express his support for former teammate and current Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi, who also recently showed his support for several Black sportsmen who have shared their experiences with racism within South African sport, in the past few weeks.


South African sport continues to undergo a reckoning as it pertains to the continued systemic racism which has had a silent stronghold on the industry. The likes of Proteas cricketer Lungi Ngidi and veteran cricketer Makhaya Ntini have since shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, despite notable backlash, and also spoken out about possible transformation within not only cricket, but South African sports as a whole.

READ: South Africans React to Springbok Legend Tendai Mtawarira's Retirement

In Mtawarira's latest Instagram post, he says that, "We need to afford each other the same opportunities to excel." He goes on to add that, "I really feel that, in this time, we're at a crossroads and a pivotal moment where we have to make a decision. There are certain things we might have endured in the past and we have to bring them to light because for us to move forward, we have to address the big elephant in the room. We have to bring about those conversations that will bring discomfort to everybody but that will allow us to grow. I feel the decisions that we make today will impact the future of our kids and the next generation."

Mtawarira, a Zimbabwean national who is the third most most-capped Springbok player after former South African Springboks Victor Matfield and Bryan Habana, also touched on his previous troubles with the South African government and his work permit. Although now a thing of the past, the ordeal almost cost him his now illustrious career as a Springbok player.

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The 10 Best HHP Songs Ranked

On the second anniversary of HHP's passing, we rank 10 of the South African hip-hop legend's best songs.

Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known by his alias HHP, was a pivotal part of South African hip-hop. Renowned for trailblazing the motswako sub-genre in the early 2000s, the rapper sadly passed away on October 24th, 2018 after a long and much publicised bout with depression.

During his active years, which span two decades (from 1997 to 2018), he was instrumental in breaking barriers and bridging the gap between kwaito and hip-hop in SA, from the late 90s to early 2000s.

He became a household name in the 2000s as he spearheaded the motswako movement, propelling it to the mainstream and solidifying his legendary status in the process.

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