Rugby World Cup: South Africans Want Public Holiday After Springboks Beat New Zealand in 2023 Final

Rugby World Cup: South Africans Want Public Holiday After Springboks Beat New Zealand in 2023 Final

Byron Pillay
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • South Africa beat New Zealand in a nail-biting final of the Rugby World Cup in France
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa was in France to lift the trophy alongside captain Siya Kolisi
  • South Africans are already questioning whether they will be getting a public holiday

Let the party begin.

South Africans are celebrating their epic victory over New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final, as the Springboks became the first team to win the trophy four times.

Cyril Ramaphosa
South Africans are calling on Cyril Ramaphosa to make Monday a public holiday after the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup. Image: Franck Fife.
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As noted by The Guardian, the Boks defeated the All Blacks 12-11 in a nail-biting encounter in France. The match saw the best two teams in the world competing for the Webb Ellis Cup in a thrilling counter.

With the South African side making history and the country's President, Cyril Ramaphosa on hand to help lift the trophy, fans have only one thing in mind.

Springbok supporters are calling on the president to make Monday, October 30 a public holiday. Ramaphosa previously joked that he would make the following day a public holiday if the Boks won.

With the day after the final falling on a Sunday, South Africans want the Monday to be declared a holiday.

South Africans call for World Cup public holiday

Here is what citizens had to say:


“Public holiday or nahhhh.”


“So, is it a public holiday on Monday?”


“No public holiday on Monday though, Grade 12 learners are writing English HL, FAL ,SAL.”


“When you promised the country a Public Holiday, and now you must deliver #Springboks.”


“Cyril, I will see you on TV to announce to us now that we are getting a public holiday. Stop wasting time, Bok Bok.”


“Somebody ask him if we have a public holiday or not on Monday.”

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South Africa win record fourth title

As Sports Brief has also reported, history was made in France in the final of the Rugby World Cup on October 28.

South Africa narrowly edged New Zealand in a stiff encounter in Paris, to defend the title they won four years ago.

The Springboks won 12-11 to round out a dramatic tournament that had rugby fans frenzied in the past few weeks.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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