SAns fill up airport to give the Springboks a hero’s welcome

outh Africans have come in numbers, to welcome the Springboks as they arrive back from France following winning the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Paris – a stampede of people can be seen dancing and singing at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg as seen in an X (formally known as Twitter) video shared on Tuesday, 31 October.



A stampede of South African people waited for the Springboks to arrive in Johannesburg after flying the South African flag high in Paris over the weekend. The South African national rugby team became the 2023 Rugby World Cup champions on Saturday, 28 October after beating New Zealand in the final Rugby World Cup tournament which took place at the Stade de France stadium.

“The celebrations have officially started at OR Tambo International Airport where we are waiting for the Springboks arrival 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦,” SA Gov announced.

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On Monday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa also declared 15 December as a public holiday to honour the Springbok’s Rugby World Cup victory.

“I know that many of us want to have a holiday now to celebrate. But we should all agree that we should give our matriculants time to focus on their exams and celebrate with them afterwards, otherwise, it will disrupt their ability to focus on their most important journey, which is writing their matriculation exams and this affects close on to a million young people,” EWN quoted Ramaphosa as saying.