The Economist released this interview that they had with Chester Williams earlier this year, before his sudden death a few weeks ago. In it, they spoke to the rugby legend about what his life was like under apartheid.

Chester formed a vital part of a trailblazing South African national team that won the Rugby World Cup in 1995. The victory came just one year after Nelson Mandela was elected, spelling the end of racist policies in South Africa. Chester became a nationwide star and was a hero among black South Africans. He was an excellent role model for people all over the world as well.

In this interview, he recounts the prejudices he faced, despite being a world-class rugby player. He was not allowed to attend many social events and was sometimes even told to get changed on the bus before a game. But Chester proved on the pitch that there’s no reason to ever treat national heroes in this way. Sadly, the rugby start passed away at just 49 years old this month. Although he’s not longer with us, his memory as a symbol of black pride in South Africa will live on forever.

The Economist|Chester Williams|Interviews

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