Every man is a fool in some other man’s opinion, but EFF is foolish to all this time for demanding the removal of “Die Stem” from the national anthem. We should all disregard their call as though it never happened, and see it for what it is – a desperate unnecessary attempt at being relevant. I mean, the EFF only understands being wild, mischievous and troublesome. Why do we have to care or even listen to the opinion(s) of such a political group?
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Like the attention-seeking party EFF is, the Heritage Day was the perfect day to air their punditry about the South African national Anthem. The party’s national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi in a statement requested that the Afrikaans section of the anthem be removed from the national anthem, claiming the section was culled from a song of oppressors, racists and mass murderers. “Die Stem is a heritage of oppression and indignity. It is a song of oppressors, racists and mass murderers,” he said. “Nkosi Sikelele must be sung in the same way as our people did when they were praying for a land free from oppression during colonial and apartheid years. National anthems are songs of collective pride and we cannot be proud of the songs of mass murderous regimes”.
The party has received a lot of public criticism for their opinion about the national anthem. And have been called on to quit stirring trouble as the national anthem was adopted to symbolize reconciliation and togetherness of the diverse populace of the nation. Stressing that as the reason the national anthem lyrics contain five of the most widely spoken of the country’s eleven official languages. Above all, there’s no reason, whatsoever to be unhappy with the Afrikaans stanza in the anthem as there are no racists or oppressive remarks therein as presented below.
|Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee
|From the blue of our skies,
From the depth of our sea,
Over everlasting mountains,
Where the cliffs give answer
Reacting to the EFF demand, ANC regarded the party as drunk. The Provincial ANC chairperson Marius Fransman retorted that “the EFF knows they will never govern so they will say anything, it’s like they are drunk.” He added that the decision to live together even in diversity was the outcome of the negotiations that came after abolishing apartheid, and that the anthem was part of the negotiations.
Ssimilarly, Andile Lili the leader of Ses’khona Peoples Movement dismissed the EFF demand as a childish act saying; “these are petty things to worry about when we have people who are hungry and living in shacks. There is nothing wrong with Die Stem, what is wrong is the Constitution that allows for people to live in shacks. These people who want it removed are opportunistic, the anthem is 100 percent fine the way it was composed, it includes everyone.”
Among other things, the EFF like always, called on White farmers to surrender the lands. According to Ndlozi, “only the expropriation of land without compensation for equal redistribution will give our people dignity and guarantee their freedom into the future, in particular cultural and artistic freedoms”. The EFF equally demanded that the Kruger National Park be renamed. To them, Paul Kruger was a colonial racist who “engineered and presided over the Boer Republic that was a foundation for apartheid systems”.