- The budget debate for the Arts & Culture Department turned into a debate on the validity of speaking Afrikaans in the National Assembly today
- Ringo Madlingozi, the popular musician who is also an EFF MP, reiterated the party's calls for Die Stem to fall
- Madlingozi insists that the Afrikaans portion of the national anthem glorifies the apartheid regime
The Economic Freedom Fighters turned a debate on the Arts & Culture budget debate in Parliament today into a debate over the place of Afrikaans in South African society.
EFF Members of Parliament intervened when FF+ MP Heloise Jordaan attempted to speak in her mother tongue.
Ringo Madlingozi, representing the EFF, raised an objection to the use of Afrikaans, commenting:
“We see this white supremacy in the fact that English and Afrikaans remain the only two languages that have been mainstreamed and are used in professional environments. We see this in the buildings and streets named after the colonial murderers and criminals."
Madlingozi used the opportunity to reiterate the political party's calls for the Afrikaans section of the National Anthem to be removed:
“And we maintain our principle that Die Stem must fall. Asking blacks to sing the anthem of the oppressor is the encouragement of self-hate and the glorification of a criminal regime. It glorifies a regime and system that is responsible for black genocide."
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi however, feels that the call for the removal of Die Stem was its history, not it's link to the Afrikaans language. Ndlozi commented that he would want the section removed even if it were 'sung in Sesotho'.
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