36-year-old South African international cricketer and former captain of the South Africa national cricket team, Faf du Plessis, has vowed to tutor himself on the matters relating to racism in South Africa.
Last week, 30 ex-Proteas cricketers and five coaches gave their assistance to Lungi Ngidi and the global Black Lives Matter movement.
Ngidi had spoken about “talking a lead” in terms of the South Africa team giving an obvious display of assistance to the campaign in a coming match.
Posting on his verified Instagram account, du Plessis wrote:
In the last couple of months, I have realised that we must choose our battles. We are surrounded by many injustices in our country that require urgent attention and action to fix them. If we wait only for the ones that attack us personally, we will always live for “my way vs your way” and that way leads us nowhere.
So I’ve remained silent, with the intent to listen, but not respond. Slowing down my point of view, but quicker to hear the pain of someone else. I knew that words would be lacking and that my understanding is not close to where it needs to be.
I surrender my opinions and take the knee as an intercessor. I acknowledge that South Africa is still hugely divided by racism and it is my personal responsibility to do my best to emphasise, hear the stories, learn and then be part of the solution with my thoughts, words and actions.
So I am saying that all lives don’t matter UNTIL black lives matter. I’m speaking up now, because if I wait to be perfect, I never will. I want to leave a legacy of empathy. The work needs to continue for the change to come and whether we agree or disagree, conversation is the vehicle for change.”