It has been a little over two months since the 2016 Rio Olympics came to a stunning end for Team South Africa and all were celebrated in big ways ,all except for javelin thrower, Sunette Viljoen.
Viljoen, who won a silver medal for Team South Africa, took to her Twitter account to express her grievances with the way she was treated by the Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula.
Mbalula took to his Twitter account to clarify that Viljoen was the one who declined the R70 000 that was offered to her as part of her winnings for her achievements during the Olympics and that he would not suddenly be moved by her allegations, especially considering the alleged “abuse” on him by Viljoen and her girlfriend.
Viljoen has since denied the claims made by the Minister and voiced her disgust in the way she was treated stating that this was a slap in the face, considering her hard work.
The Minister further stressed that none of the athletes, including the likes of Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya, were “entitled” to the prizes they received, but rather that it was a way for the Department of Sports and Recreation to show its appreciation to the athletes and that Viljoen is not only unprofessional but, “the most arrogant and thankless” person he has ever met.