'Sister Bethina' Becomes Unofficial Springboks Anthem After Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika

'Sister Bethina' Becomes Unofficial Springboks Anthem After Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika

  • It's official: 'Sister Bethina' is the unofficial anthem of the South African men's national rugby team
  • It has become a tradition in rugby grounds across the country that after the crowd sings 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika' before a Springbok match, the (in)famous song by Mgarimbe starts playing
  • A viral video on Twitter via TikTok saw the crowd get involved as it played before the epic Springboks vs All Blacks Rugby Championship match

It appears that the Springbok matchday experience will never be complete with 'Sister Bethina' by Mgarimbe blaring out of the stadium speakers.

A video has gone viral on TikTok and Twitter in which a Bok supporter, alongside 60-something thousand supporters at Ellis Park Stadium, were seen singing and dancing along to the cult hit that has remained ever-popular since its release in 2005.

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'Sister Bethina' was sung with gusto before the Springboks and All Blacks match last Saturday. Image source: Getty Images and @nomsa_maseko.
Source: UGC

It has become a tradition that once crowds across venues across the country are done singing the national anthem 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika', the stadium emcee puts the song on to gee up the spectators.

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Observers on social media gave an overwhelmingly positive response to this development.

@HRH090 said:

"The Springboks played Sister Bethina straight after the national anthem….South Africa is a party man"

@BonganiKhoza07 said:

"We went crazy when the song came on just after the national anthem"

Springboks given more to cry about after video of disallowed Lukhanyo Am try against All Blacks emerges

If you are a Springbok supporter trying to forget Saturday's stinging 35-23 loss to a resilient All Blacks side in the Rugby Championship, there is another bitter to swallow, unfortunately.

As reported by Sports Brief, South Africa lost a match in which many wounds were self-inflicted, some were through slick Kiwi magic, while others were either fairly or unfairly attributed to referee Luke Pearce, who handled an epic excellently regardless of any error he might have made.

One such has been dissected on YouTube by a channel called TASanalytics, where a legitimate Lukhanyo Am was disallowed following a "knock-on" by prop Ox Nche from a Kiwi tackle effected by Sam Whitelock.

Source: Sports Brief News