- The Economic Freedom Fighters are not feeling the celebrations this Heritage Day, calling on the nation to reflect
- The Red Berets feel that there is 'no heritage to celebrate' as long as South Africans remain landless
- The party once again reiterated calls for 'Die Stem' to be removed from the national anthem
The Economic Freedom Fighters have issued a scathing statement on Heritage Day, adamant that the nation has little to celebrate as things in South Africa currently stand.
In the statement, the issue of land was once again raised by the party who first brought the matter of expropriation without compensation into the political arena:
"As things stand in South Africa, there is no heritage to celebrate so long as we remain landless and on the outskirts of our own economy. The Heritage of South Africa is one of dispossession and continued humiliation at the hands of a white-minority that continues to exploit our people and turn Africans against one another."
The statement continued by calling on citizens to remember 'painful realities' about the country's past:
"The black skin which defines all of us in Africa has become a signifier of criminality, inferiority and decay, and our landlessness is at the centre of all the problems facing us as a people. As we observe Heritage Day, we call on all Africans to remember these painful realities beyond the wearing of customary clothing."
The EFF once again called for 'Die Stem' to be removed from the national anthem, slamming it as a 'song of murderers':
"'Die Stem' is a spit in the face of those who sang the hymn Nkosi Sikelela iAfrika, praying for the dignity and prosperity of all Africans."
The EFF feels that South Africans still have a long way to go in order to truly celebrate Heritage Day:
"A genuine celebration of our Heritage can only be achieved if the injustices of the past are corrected. This can only be achieved through the fulfillment of the above. Only then can South Africa truly claim to be on the path of reconciliation and pride."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Dr Zweli Mkhize and the Ministry of Health took part in the viral Jerusalema challenge on Thursday to celebrate Heritage Day.
This follows calls from President Cyril Ramaphosa on South Africans to unite during these troubling times.
Mkhize and his team showed off their dance moves on Master KG's hit song in a field and they not only perfected it but also managed to still practice lockdown regulations.
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