After much confusion surrounding the possibility of a public holiday thanks to the Springboks winning the Rugby World Cup on Saturday, President Cyril Ramaphosa has cleared the air.
During a speech broadcasted to the country on national television, Ramaphosa declared 15 December 2023 a public holiday.
He explained that the public holiday couldn’t be scheduled now, as almost one million matriculants embarked on their final school exam on Monday.
Many criticised Ramaphosa for turning a momentous and sports-related occasion like the Boks becoming the world champions for a fourth time into a political situation.
During his speech, the President highlighted the good that has government has achieved over the last few months and years, leading many to believe that he is lobbying for votes for next year’s election.
Ramaphosa also urged South Africans to support the Proteas during the Cricket World Cup tournament currently being played in India. He highlighted that the Proteas need everyone’s support and messages of hope.
He signed off his speech by declaring 15 December a public holiday for everyone.
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