Mama Joy responds to Sports Minister’s decision to cut trips for superfans – ‘Let not poverty and jealousy stand in your way’

The popular South African supporter has broken her silence following Gayton McKenzie’s announcement

South Africa superfan Mama Joy Chauke has responded to the announcement made by South Africa Sports Minister Gayton McKenzie to stop state-funded trips for superfans.

McKenzie made the announcement on Tuesday, saying there was no justification for funding fans to attend international events while athletes struggled to honour them, drawing mixed reactions from fans.

Among those to be affected is Mama Joy, a popular figure in the stands whenever Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana and Springboks play at international competitions.

‘I am trending four days in a row Ani chuhangi am the best’

“Thanks to My God and my ancestors and to all people who support sport out there let not poverty and jealousy stand in your way to support what you like. Thanks for loving Mamajoy, loko ku ri hi ku ku bula hi Mina Swi endla mi tlela mi dyini qhubekan,” she posted on X.

She then went ahead to enumerate some of her achievements, perhaps justifying why she deserved the trips.

“It was a final Springboks vs New Zealand in Saint Denis. Being called fan of the tournament and given time to talk to the whole world as SA Superfan I am very proud of myself. My country my pride. Check X, I am trending four days in a row Ani chuhangi am the best,” she added.

‘We have athletes & artists who are struggling to raise money’

McKenzie, recently named a Sports minister in the multi-party government that was announced by the president Cyril Ramaphosa, has articulated multiple viewpoints concerning his docket with the one on trips one of the biggest decisions so far.

“I have stopped all trips for super fans, we have athletes & artist who are struggling to raise money to attend sporting events and exhibitions, how do we justify paying for fans? We shall no longer be paying for these trips and will use that money where it’s needed the most,” McKenzie posted on X.

Besides Mama Joy, other superfans like Botha Msila and Saddam Maake will also be affected. 

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Joel Oliver

Joel Oliver is a seasoned multimedia sports journalist with a rich background in covering diverse football stories and events in South Africa and beyond.

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