Last updated on Jun 15th, 2020 at 07:41 pm

“It’s time for South Africans to start believing in themselves again.”

This was the message from Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah, as praise was heaped on the victorious Springboks after their 32-12 Rugby World Cup win over England on Saturday.

“We are incredibly proud to be South Africans,” the Tutus said in a statement.

“What a fantastic achievement from Siya Kolisi, Rassie Erasmus, all the players and staff. You have achieved much more than winning the Rugby World Cup, you have restored a self-doubting nation’s belief.

“We are a special country, and an extraordinary people. On days such as this we understand that when we pull together the sky is the limit. When we believe in ourselves we can achieve our dreams.

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“Our father, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, is smiling from the heavens today.

“Halala Siya Kolisi, treasure of the nation! God bless you.”

Parliament also congratulated the Springboks after winning their third World Cup as well as the nation for its support.

“We salute the sterling leadership displayed by coach Rassie Erasmus and team captain Siya Kolisi. To the whole team we say, Halala Bokke! Halala!”

Parliament’ presiding officers, National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces chairperson Amos Masondo, said this year’s team “repeated the uniting and nation-building effect the 1995 crop brought about to our nation”.

They also urged the team to be role models to curb gender-based violence.

“We are also very proud of the team for bringing the cup home. We are very proud of the team and cherish their resilient spirit.”

One of the team’s sponsors, Samsung, said the Boks might not have gone into the contest as favourites, but they were champions now.

South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

World Cup parade:

The 2019 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok squad will kick off their RWC Champions Tour in Gauteng on Thursday with the parade making stops in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto.

The RWC squad will also parade the Webb Ellis Cup in several other locations before concluding the tour in Cape Town on Monday, 11 November. Full details will be confirmed closer to the time.

The planned RWC Champions Tour stops are as follow:

  • Thursday, 7 November: Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto
  • Friday, 8 November: Durban
  • Saturday, 9 November: East London
  • Sunday, 10 November: Port Elizabeth

Take a look at some of the best images from the epic day below:

South African captain Siya Kolisi greets South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
South Africa’s Cheslin Kolbe, top left, celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against England during the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
South Africa players celebrate after winning the Rugby World Cup final against England at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup aloft with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup aloft with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
South Africa’s Cheslin Kolbe, top left, celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against England during the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
South Africa’s Makazole Mapimpi, left, and Lukhanyo Am, right, celebrate with the Webb Ellis Cup after their win over England in the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
South Africa’s captain Siya Kolisi receives gold medal after South Africa won over England in the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
South Africa’s coach Rassie Erasmus, center is hugged after his team defeated Engalnd in the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
South Africa’s Makazole Mapimpi, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s first try during the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium between England and South Africa in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Members of the the South African team celebrate after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
South African captain Siya Kolisi and his players celebrate with their families after South Africa defeated England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
South African captain Siya Kolisi, left, shows the Webb Ellis Cup to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after defeating England to win the Rugby World Cup final at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

 

South African fans react to their team scorings as they watch the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England being played in Tokyo, Japan from the Pirates Rugby Club in Johannesburg, South Africa Saturday Nov. 2, 2019 (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South Africa fans celebrate their team scoring at the Pirates Rugby Club in Johannesburg, South Africa, as they watch the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England being played in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South Africa fans watching a giant screen at the Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa, celebrate South Africa scoring points during the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England being played in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday Nov. 2, 2019. South Africa defeated England 32-12. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

South African fans celebrate at Vilakazi street in Soweto, South Africa, after their team’s victory in the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England being played in Tokyo, Japan from Saturday Nov. 2, 2019. South Africa defeated England 32-12. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
South Africa fans watching a giant screen at the Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa, celebrate South Africa scoring points during the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England being played in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday Nov. 2, 2019. South Africa defeated England 32-12. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

South Africa fans watching a giant screen at the Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa, celebrate South Africa scoring points during the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England being played in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday Nov. 2, 2019. South Africa defeated England 32-12. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

South Africa fans celebrate their team scoring at the Pirates Rugby Club in Johannesburg, South Africa, as they watch the Rugby World Cup final between South Africa and England being played in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday Nov. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)