Mama Joy’s attendance of the Rugby World Cup caused some controversy last month, with many wondering how she could afford to be there.
South African super fan Mama Joy went to France to support the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup last month and not only did she return with the Webb Ellis Trophy, but the sports fanatic also found love in the European country.
“What about this, my man has got a taste. Thanks Babe for the gifts, what do you think SA, [I] am a lucky woman nee,” shared Mama Joy on her X account (formerly Twitter) on Saturday morning. The post was accompanied by images of her with her partner and Gucci gifts he bought her.
What about this ,,, My man has got a taste ,,, Thanks Babe for the gifts ,, What do you think SA ,,, Am a lucky woman Nee pic.twitter.com/PkDxYwCcFr
— MamaJoy Chauke (@JoyChauke5) November 11, 2023
Real name Joy Chauke, but affectionately known to South African sports fans, as Mama Joy is a mainstay at sporting events, having first made her name as one of Orlando Pirates’ biggest supporters. The now Royal AM fan has become more popular over the years, attending international sporting events.
— MamaJoy Chauke (@JoyChauke5) November 13, 2023
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Controversy in France
Last month, there was controversy as to how she together with fellow sports fan, Botha Msila managed to fly to France to support the Springboks. Netizens came hard, particularly at Mama Joy, questioning how she could afford to be in Europe.
“Mama Joy and Botha are not paid by the department to go to stadiums,” the department spokesperson Litha Mpondwana told TimesLIVE at the time.
Mpondwana did confirm that they paid for the duo’s return flights and accommodation, without disclosing the cost.
Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson Renaldo Gouws was critical of the department’s support of the fans and suggested the money could’ve been better spent elsewhere.
I was today years old when I found out that these two are paid by the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture to go and be supporters in the stands. I’m not joking, they are paid by taxpayers to go to sporting events across the world to “represent” South Africa. pic.twitter.com/7INHeEDg9o
— Ngamla Gouws ???????? (@RenaldoGouws) October 2, 2023
“I found out that these two are paid by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture to go and be supporters in the stands. I’m not joking. They are paid by taxpayers to go to sporting events across the world to ‘represent’ SA” he said.
Gouws criticised the department, saying instead of supporting sports fans, it should support struggling athletes.
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“To be there, I don’t care who paid for me or whatever. To be there, whether it was paid by the President of the country or whoever but for me to be at the World Cup… Nothing else,’ she said in an interview with Robert Marawa earlier this month.
“For me, sport is like [a] tablet, you can’t take one Panado, you have to take two. So it’s me and sport.”
When the broadcaster questioned her about whether she’ll be heading to India to support the Proteas men’s cricket team at the World Cup, her response was of someone who is leaving it all to fate.
“I have asked on Twitter, here I am. I can go any day, even if it can be today, I can go from the studio and pack, straight to India.
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