SA golden girl Caster Semenya seems unperturbed by the heated debate that erupted after Audi South Africa blessed fellow gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk with a state of the art fancy wheels.
On Wednesday, Olympics gold medalist and world record breaker Wayde van Niekerk came home to a jaw-dropping surprise. In front of an excited crowd, Audi South Africa handed him the keys to a brand new Audi R8 worth R1.8 million. The gift quickly led to a heated debate on Twitter, dragging Caster along.
Nevertheless, she took time to respond to the negativity building up in Twitter town. Apparently, some fans suggested that Caster should also get a car for her outstanding performance in the Rio games.
Contrary to what most people had in mind, Caster took to Twitter on Friday to calm the negativity surrounding Audi SA’s gift to Wayde. In order to make her point, she tweeted a quote by Theodore Roosevelt: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
To make sure she made her point, Semenya also told Van Niekerk to enjoy the gifts he had worked hard for. He sure deserves it.
Accordingly, Van Niekerk had a similarly positive response towards the upheaval. When a fan asked what he thought about the gift, he said:
“I love and respect Caster Semenya, so let’s not compare our blessings. And use our talents to inspire each other.”
Meanwhile, a lot of people saw nothing wrong with the whole situation. Though Semenya performed exceedingly well at the Olympic games, she only broke her personal record. Wayde on the other hand broke a 17-year-old world record to clinch the gold medal which SA golden girl Caster Semenya also got.
The debate got the attention of a lot of people including outspoken Ntsiki Mazwai and Anele Mdoda. Anele’s reaction to the debate was to call out to Audi South Africa, asking – Where’s Caster’s car?