South African president gives his support
October 30, 1999
Thabo Mbeki, the South African president has sent a letter to the Springboks wishing them well for today's game.
"I am convinced you are world champions," Mbeki wrote in a letter addressed to captain Joost van der Westhuizen. "The whole world looks up to you as such."
Mbeki added: "I have observed with pride that the Springboks have never lost a game at a World Cup Tournament."
He urged the defending champions to keep to their game plan and pointed out that on Saturday, they would not just be representing South Africa, but the continent of Africa as a whole.
"Whenever you take the field, you make South Africans proud of you and your country," Mbeki added.