- A man sparked controversy at a graduation ceremony while the national anthem was being sung
- Footage reveals how he participates during the anthem, but then opts to sit down when the Afrikaans section starts
- The passive protest has gone viral and social media users are divided on the issue
The South African national anthem has been hailed worldwide for its inclusive ideology and multi-cultural celebration.
However, it remains a moot point for many due to the murky past of apartheid.
The bone of contention often relates to the Afrikaans part, which sources the old South African anthem, Die Stem.
One man seemingly showed clear disdain for the part in question when he sat down while the Afrikaans part was being sung.
The footage was shared by twitter user, @koko_matshela, and has gone viral since yesterday – more than 3 000 people have liked the post.
The caption includes a call to action urging voters to ensure that the anthem be changed.
One of the social media users recognised the young man.
Briefly.co.za noted the indecision the post caused as there were many who were for and against the argument.
While many tweeps slammed the graduate’s actions, others felt it was completely justified.
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