The Proteas now have it from the highest order, or as high as it is possible. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu calls South Africa’s victory a symbolism of victory over discrimination and one that could set an example for nations around the world.
Tutu was disappointed by the fact that more people could not share, see and be a part of the South African victory in Australia simply because cricket does not happen to be a popular sport in nations such as the USA, Afghanistan and Iraq where he thinks it would have provided a great opportunity for people to understand that it is possible to be united, to win despite being discriminated against.
“So normal, yet, in a world full of challenges, such a beacon of hope. Of course, Smith and De Villiers are white, and Ntini and Amla are black, but that’s not the half of it. They are also English, Afrikaans and Xhosa speaking, Christian and Muslim,” he is quoted as having said.
He could not have been more succinct, “They are living our dream: successful, non-racial and gracious.”
He singled out two images as enduring ones in his own mind, one of Graeme Smith and Makhaya Ntini embracing like brothers after their personal brave efforts to save the Test in Sydney and second, the thumping victory in Adelaide when Ab de Villiers and Hashim Amla conjured a winning partnership, and in wild embrace upon winning.