Captaining the Springboks is a daunting task, and it definitely isn’t made any easier when your wife hits the headlines for a social media rant.
Last month, Rachel Kolisi’s Instagram Story divided social media users, with some saying she has a right to be angered by women who slide into husband Siya’s DMs.
Others felt that she had no right to shame the woman in question, and that she might not have all the details of how the interaction played out.
One person we hadn’t heard much from was Marike Botha, or, as Times LIVE calls her, the ‘other woman’. She has now opened up about what life’s been like since Rachel’s post went viral:
Fitness model Marike Botha has had to hire a bodyguard among other safety measures after Springbok captain Siya Kolisi’s wife, Rachel, put her on blast for allegedly sending him risqué pictures on social media…
[She] told Drum magazine that she was most upset by the “inaccurate” version of events that has since tarnished her brand.
“My manager organised a bodyguard for me, so I could keep going to gym, and I’m also going to get psychological help. I’m extremely emotional and struggling to concentrate in class,” Marike revealed.
A few days after Rachel’s posts went viral, Marike claimed on Instagram that she did not reach out to Siya first. She has since deleted the post.
She told the magazine that when she got Rachel’s message she told her to “keep her husband on a tighter leash” and that she had nothing to feel guilty about as she had done nothing wrong.
“I didn’t cry, I didn’t feel guilty about anything because I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was more shocked,” Marike said.
The model, who was relatively unknown before the saga, has had to change her social media handles a couple of times but, in an effort to not let the “scandal” keep her down, she’s going about life as normally as possible.
According to Channel24, there are reports that Rachel has reached out and apologised to Botha, although these remain unconfirmed by the model or her manager, Mr Benade.
After taking a break from the platform, Rachel returned to Instagram, posting three times over the past three days:
She has yet to offer any sort of public apology via social media, and her husband Siya has also remained silent on the matter.
Lastly, because we could all use a laugh, here’s Siya Polisie:
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