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White former South Africa players criticise Lungi Ngidi’s BLM stance

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Lungi Ngidi, the South Africa quick, copped flak from a pair of white former South Africa cricketers, Boeta Dippenaar and Pat Symcox, over his support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Dippenaar and Symcox commented on a Facebook post by Rudi Steyn, which linked to an article about Ngidi urging South Africa’s cricketers to make a stand on the BLM movement.

Steyn, while posting, said: “I believe the Proteas should make a stand against racism, but if they stand up for “black lives matter” while ignoring the way white farmers are daily being “slaughtered” like animals, they have lost my vote.”

I believe the Proteas should make a stand against racism, but if they stand up for "black lives matter" while ignoring the way white farmers are daily being "slaughtered" like animals, they have lost my vote.

Zveřejnil(a) Rudi Steyn dne Úterý 7. července 2020

Dippenaar, who played 38 Tests and 107 ODIs for South Africa between 1999 and 2007, said “all lives matter” and also said Ngidi should support farmers’ issues in South Africa.

“I am afraid to say “Black Lives Matter” have become nothing more than leftist political movement,” Dippenaar said. “I would suggest that Lungi Ngidi listens a bit more to likes of Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Walter Williams and Milton Friedman.

“All lives matter. If you want me to stand shoulder to shoulder with you Lungi then stand shoulder to shoulder with me with regards to farm attacks.”

Symcox, who played 20 Tests and 80 ODIs for South Africa between 1993 and 1998, took it a step further, saying Ngidi should stop “trying to get the Proteas involved in his belief”.

“What nonsense is this,” Symcox said. “He must take his own stand if he wishes. Stop trying to get the Proteas involved in his belief. Besides the fact that right now Cricket South Africa should be closed down. A proper dog and pony show with cricket being dragged through the mud daily. Buy popcorn and watch.

“Now when Ngidi has his next meal perhaps he would rather consider supporting the farmers of South Africa who are under pressure right now. A cause worth supporting.”

Earlier this week, Ngidi had expressed the need for the Proteas to take a stand on BLM, suggesting South Africa’s painful history with apartheid and racial discrimination necessitated it.

“As a nation, we have a past that is very difficult, with racial discrimination, so it’s definitely something we will be addressing as a team and if we are not, it’s something I will bring up,” Ngidi had said during a virtual press conference.

“It’s something that we need to take very seriously and like the rest of the world is doing, make the stand.”

Have Your Say

Comment (1)

  1. brian660410 3 years ago (Edit)

    so i have a serious question to ask of these ex players. We have been having to listen for years about farm murders that have been committed. Will they also acknowledge that there should also be mentioned that someone should speak out about the treatment of farm workers. Who knows of the abuse the murders we don't know of and the general payment system that is widely still being used.Maybe there is a possible link to farm murders because of the systematic abuse over the generations. These ex players should also answer why they never ever mentioned their views on farm murders while they were playing but have it in them to do so now when they are no longer players. well done Lungi Ndidi you decided to show courage while you are an active player for that you should be commended. As for Pat Symcox you never were a better player than Paul Adams but we know how things were manipulated so that you were ahead of him stats will always back that up.

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