COP FLAK: Siya Kolisi criticised. Photo: DARREN ENGLAND/EPA

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has sparked another national quota row after his recent comments on the issue of transformation. 

Kolisi spoke to Japanese media in December and slammed the quota system while explaining how access to the game for black players has led to better representation in the team. 

The Stormers flanker, the first black man to captain the South African national team, was asked what former president Nelson Mandela would have thought about the quota system and said that Madiba would not have approved of the practice of window-dressing. 

Siya added: “The talent is there, it’s just about nurturing it. 

“I wouldn’t want to be picked because of the colour of my skin because that surely wouldn’t be good for the team and the guys around you would know.”

His comments saw critics and defenders, including well-known media personalities and members of the public, diving into the ruck. 

Some critics even blasted him for being out of touch with the general public because he is married to a white woman.

Here is the pick of the social media reaction from the public:  

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