DIVERSIFY: The reader suggests using cheerleaders from the Khoi community at rugby matches in Cape Town instead of those in Zulu attire. Picture: Phando Jikelo/ African News Agency/ANA.
Whenever our national rugby team, commonly known as the Springboks, run on to the field, it gives me immense pride as a citizen of this country.

This is so as the 15 men taking to the field are not only there to win a rugby match, but also to represent each and every one of us within our diversity.

It is with this diversity in mind that I have wondered why the team is always led out by Zulu warriors just as they are about to run on to the field. Of course, it is vital that we celebrate the Zulu warrior theme and what it brings to the occasion.

I wrote to SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux to inquire about this practice, as I feel that while rugby Tests are played in the Western Cape, and by extension mostly Cape Town, given the stadiums, they should consider giving the first inhabitants of our land, the Khoi people, an opportunity to lead the team on to the field.

While I commend SA Rugby for taking the initiative to include the Zulu warriors, I am of the view that by including the Khoi community in tests that are played here, it will go even further in creating and establishing social cohesion, inclusion and celebrating our diversity.

We are country of many creeds and cultures and our sports should always keep this in mind.

* Denis Joseph, MPL, Western Cape legislature

** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Media

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