Man who sits during Afrikaans part of anthem at graduation divides SA

Man who sits during Afrikaans part of anthem at graduation divides SA

- 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

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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.

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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.

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While many tweeps slammed the graduate’s actions, others felt it was completely justified.

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