No sooner had the dust settled behind Olympic Gold Medalist, Wayde van Niekerk’s tracks than a war of words erupted on social media platforms on whether he is coloured or black.
Van Niekerk destroyed Michael Johnson’s 17 year World Record at the #Rio2016 Olympics by 0.15 seconds.
Some Twitter users took offense with those who had turned Van Niekerk’s victory into a racial issue
Historical marginalisation of coloured South Africans?
Wayde van Niekerk is trained by his grandmother. His mother, Odessa Swarts could not participate in international competitions under apartheid law because she is coloured.