ANC backs Bok retention

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says that the Springbok emblem and the name of the team can stay as long as it appears alongside the King Protea.

Legislation is likely to be passed determining that the Springbok emblem shift to the right of the jersey with the King Protea, seen as the national emblem for all South African sports teams, occupy the left.

Mantashe was speaking at a news conference at Luthuli House and referred to the Bok issue as an example of where a solution was found after a public debate.

“When they talk about destroying the Springbok emblem, I say the country’s emblem, which is the King Protea, should appear on the left-hand side,” he told Beeld. “You can have the Springbok on the right, on your arm, your shorts or anywhere else.

“It is the commercial trademark of the Springboks. That’s fine. You can call the team the Springboks as you call the Australian rugby team the Wallabies.”