This week, South African social media users got all riled up after one app user revealed that local super sports fanatic Mama Joy — real name Joy Chauke — is getting paid to support the country’s national sports teams. This led to the Department of arts, culture and sports releasing a statement in support of the famous sports fanatic.
Ignoring all of the hate and backlash, Mama Joy has continued to post from France where she is currently supporting the Springboks who are participating in the Rugby World Cup.
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“It’s concerning that when the world recognises their presence, thus celebrating the contribution of South African supporters at the World Cup, two of South Africa’s superfans are receiving criticism and insults from within the country,” reads part of the statement shared by the department earlier today.
The statement also went on to say that Mama Joy and Botha Msila contribute to how the world sees South Africa. According to the department, the pair also play a role in “addressing legacies of the colonial rule and apartheid policies.”
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Mama Joy enjoying France where she is currently backing the Springboks. Image via Instagram @mamajoy_chauke
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The lengthy message comes shortly after one social media user went viral after tweeting his dismay at the fact Mama Joy and Botha were actually getting paid to support the country’s national teams.