Twitter users were in an unruly state when video footage of Siya Kolisi meeting Zozibini Tunzi for the first time emerged on the timeline
The Springboks arrived in Mzansi on Tuesday after winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan this past weekend and the mood was at an actual fever pitch.
Thousands of South Africans made their way to greet the heroic Boks who were embraced like the national heroes they are when they set foot on home soil.
Among the many guests on the day was Miss South Africa Zozibini who was as excited as anybody else to meet the world cup winners.
However, things got a bit interesting when she bumped into the captain Siya Kolisi.
Social media tweeps were quick to notice that Siya appeared to be quite taken aback when he realised that Miss SA was in the building
In fact, she filmed and posted his actual reaction on the day and although we wouldn’t blame any man for being enchanted by Zozibini, Siya’s reaction triggered a flurry of tweets.
Check out the video below as Siya realises that he’s looking at Miss South Africa:
“Ayingo Miss South Africa lo?” You gotta love Siya pic.twitter.com/mxQ07GBZiI
— Nunu Mhlahlo (@Nunurans) November 5, 2019
A longer video from another angle shows the exact moment this happened but also reveals that the two shared a brief hug after meeting:
This is how @Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus, were welcomed to the media room, and by some others including Miss SA, Zozibini Tunzi, at OR Tambo last night. I have never experienced something like it; the crowds were wild with excitement. @IOLsport #Champs pic.twitter.com/Hffnl1qdYx
— Jacques vdWesthuyzen (@jacq_west) November 6, 2019
Tweeps immediately caught on to the footage and began talking at great length about looking to find somebody who would look at them “the way Siya looked at Zozibini” while others speculated that there was some mutual admiration between the two national icons:
Sbwl for someone to look at me the way Siya looked at Zozibini
— Mevrou Am✨ (@annie_mchunu) November 5, 2019
And he said “Awusemhle” meaning you are beautiful…and she said thank you.
— Sinikeziwe N (@Sini_ziwe) November 6, 2019
Within a few minutes, dozens of viewers and social media commentators were speculating on the exchange between Siya and Zozibini
If you know black Twitter, you will know that it wasn’t going to take long for someone to bring Rachel, Siya’s wife, into the conversation.
Rachel about to block Zozibini from all Siya’s socials https://t.co/oqc8P4KSrU
— Tendani (@tendani_mey) November 5, 2019
Just as the bullying was about to begin, one of Rachel’s supporters put the critics in their places:
Rachel knows isixhosa, chill.
— (@nicki_D_) November 5, 2019
Do you really think that the meeting between Zozibini and Siya should have been this big of a deal?