JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Even before the full-time whistle sounded, the Sakhumzi bar in Johannesburg town Soweto broke out frantically cheering and singing as South Africa closed in a 32-12 victory over England in Rugby World Cup final in Japan.
Rugby League – Rugby World Cup – Finals – England v South Africa – Yokohama International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan – November 2, 2019 Siya Kolisi of South Africa lifts the Webb Ellis trophy as they eat Celebrate the victory in the world cup final. REUTERS / Kiyoshi Ota
The crowd at this open-air bar on Vilakazi street in Soweto, famous for being the home of two of apartheid's most famous protesters – the late President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu – reflected society multi-ethnicity that South Africa still aspires to be.
Black, white and some mixed race fans wore spring shirts and shared drinks as their team dominated against England to bring the cup home.
For many, this has been South Africa's unified rugby game since the 1995 World Cup final victory over New Zealand's All Blacks, when Mandela wore a spring shirt to unite a nation trying. healing scars due to racial minority.
Mandela became the country's first black president nation last year, after the first democratic election came to an end.
"I am very proud. It was our first win with a black captain," said Sibusiso Radebe, 37, an insurance guarantor, referring to …
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