The Economic Freedom Fighters have seized the opportunity to renew calls for the removal of Die Stem from the South African national anthem. With the recent banning of the apartheid flag, the Red Berets didn't waste any time before moving onto their next target.
The EFF has once again sounded the call to remove Die Stem from the national anthem.
Issuing a statement on the recent ruling which banned the old flag as hate speech, the party turned their attention to the anthem:
“It must be a common cause that the apartheid national anthem must follow after its flag. The apartheid flag and its anthem belong to the same species. They are the two sides of one coin. When white supremacists display the flag, they salute it by singing Die Stem because they belong in the same anti-black racism performance acts."
Briefly.co.za reported that the Equality Court had banned the gratuitous display of the flag, with Judge Phineas Mojapelo highlighting the harm caused by its presence.
The Red Berets called on the president to remove the Afrikaans section of the anthem:
“In light of this ruling, we call on [President Cyril] Ramaphosa to remove Die Stem from our national anthem. Forcing black people to sing Die Stem is like asking them each day to salute the apartheid flag.”
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