- During the singing of the national anthem during SONA, the EFF remained silent and seated
- They have previously boycotted both the English and Afrikaans versions of the anthem
- The move divided social media, with some cheering it and others viewing it as hateful
The EFF appear to have sat out the Afrikaans and English sections of the national anthem during SONA.
A video has surfaced online showing the party members remaining seated while the chamber signs Die Stem.
The EFF has previously boycotted these parts of the anthem as well.
This follows the EFF's manifesto launch at in Soshanguve where the party sang the national anthem without the Afrikaans part. The party's chairperson, Dali Mpofu, who led the singing, specifically announced beforehand that the Afrikaans lyrics would be dropped from the song.
In typical EFF fashion, the move was controversial on social media, with some coming out in support of it and others slamming it.
One user, Paul Harris, said this was proof that the EFF still felt hatred toward Afrikaans people, adding that this meant they were not truly free.
Another account said the move might alienate Afrikaans Coloured voters who were thinking of voting for the EFF.
TanyaStrauss000, another user, said it was moves like this from political parties that made her feel unwelcome in South Africa as a middle class Afrikaans person. Kelly Marumo, however, said she sided with the EFF on the matter "100%".
Despite the EFF's boycott of the the Afrikaans section of the anthem, the party was surprisingly subdued during the event. Previously, they had threatened to disrupt the speech if they felt that Ramaphosa did not adequately address issues of corruption.
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