Advocate Dali Mpofu's remix of the South African national anthem excludes the Afrikaans and English section. The EFF chairperson has caused a stir on social media with his version of an anthem meant to unite, not divide.
The chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Advocate Dali Mpofu, has social media abuzz after debuting his own version of the national anthem.
On stage during the launch of his party's election manifesto, Mpofu chose to exclude the Afrikaans and English section of the anthem.
Not only did he chose to exclude these parts, but he encouraged supporters at the rally to follow suit:
“Please can we all rise and sing Nkosi Sikelel’iAfrika without Die Stem van Suid Afrika,”
The chair explained that this was consistent with the EFF's stance that they do not recognize this part of the anthem:
“How can any person happy to sing Die Stem van Suid Afrika post-1994 pretend to be offended when apartheid apologists display the old flag?”
Responding to a question, Mpofu revealed that he has never sung the official version of the anthem, explaining that he has 'never and will never' indulge in what he referred to a 'racist' song 'celebrating white supremacy' and to participate in it is 'sick'.
This move from the chair, while not surprising, was nevertheless controversial and attracted both offended and supportive comments. Some people were more concerned with his questionable singing skills than political statements.
Here are just a few of the comments in response to the incident:
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