Now, ‘remove’ Die Stem – EFF

Staff Writer | Aug 23, 2019
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said that ‘forcing black people to sing Die Stem is like asking them each day to salute the Apartheid flag’.

In a statement welcoming the Equality Court’s declaring the gratuitous display of the ‘apartheid flag’ as hate speech, the EFF said street names and symbols ‘that continue to celebrate and honour apartheid murderers and invaders’ should also be declared hate speech.

The party called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to ‘remove Die Stem from our National Anthem’.

The EFF said it had long argued that ‘this evil flag’, along with all other apartheid symbols, ‘must fall’.

‘It must be common cause that the apartheid national anthem must follow after its flag. The apartheid flag and its anthem belong to the same species. They are the two sides of one coin. When white supremacists display the flag, they salute it by singing Die Stem because they belong in the same anti-black racism performance acts.

‘Forcing black people to sing Die Stem is like asking them each day to salute the Apartheid flag.

‘The apartheid statutes [the EFF perhaps meant ‘statues’.Ed], street names and symbols that continue to celebrate and honour apartheid murderers and invaders should also be declared hate speech. They must be obliterated from the face of a democratic and inclusive South Africa.’

 

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