Gauteng and Soweto goes green and gold for the Boks, Cape Town next

Gauteng and Soweto goes green and gold for the Boks, Cape Town next

The Springboks brought Johannesburg, Pretoria and Soweto to a standstill on Thursday as the first day of their Rugby World Cup victory parade kicked off - and Cape Town is next.

The Boks kicked off their four-day trophy tour at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where they received a presidential welcome from President Cyril Ramaphosa and Cabinet members.

"Saturday night, you strode off the pitch of victory and passed into legend," said Ramaphosa, who has declared a public holiday on December 15 to celebrate the win.

"In doing so you have lifted the spirits of an entire nation and filled us with pride.

The Springboks then hit the Pretoria CBD before making their way to Johannesburg and finally wrapping up the festivities in Soweto, as supporters from all walks of life filled the streets with many more peering on from balconies and office windows.

In Soweto, young and old came out to salute the Boks, with teenagers dancing in their school uniforms while others waved flags and sang in celebration.

"This is the one time where everybody forgets whether they are black or white," said Vincent Mokgako, a 65-year-old Soweto resident.

The Springboks ended the first day of the trophy parade at the FNB Stadium in Soweto where thousands of fans showed up to see their heroes.

On Friday, the party moves to Cape Town, and the Boks already received a rapturous reception at the Cape Town Airport in the early hours of the morning, with fans breaking out in song and some of the Bok players - led by Siya Kolisi and Jesse Kriel - joining in.

The Springboks will then head to Durban on Saturday before wrapping up the trophy tour in East London on Sunday.

"The performance of the Springboks...has reminded us that even amidst our many challenges, there is always room for optimism and hope," said Ramaphosa.

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