- Economic Freedom Fighters CIC Julius Malema is strong on his belief that Die Stem needs to be removed from Nkosi Sikelel'iAfrika
- The Red Berets head stated that the issue was not with the Afrikaans language but rather with the history that that specific portion of the anthem holds
- Malema even suggested that a new Afrikaans melody be written to replace the apartheid national anthem
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EFF leader Julius Malema has put up a defence for his party's decision to have the apartheid portion of the current national anthem removed. Malema stated that the problem was not with the Afrikaans language, but rather with the history from Die Stem.
Malema reiterated that it was not about removing Afrikaans from the national anthem as he suggested that people can come in to compose a "nice, new Afrikaans melody" to replace Die Stem.
Malema was speaking at an independent press conference where he was providing an update on his party's coalition talks.
According to EWN, their push for the removal of Die Stem may not become a reality as the EFF and ANC's coalition talks have collapsed and the party stands strongly by the fact that there won't be any resumption.
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A report by TimesLIVE revealed that while speaking about coalitions, Malema explicitly stated that the Red Berets will be selective in terms of partnering with other parties that don't meet their mandate, although room for some compromise can be made.
"'Die Stem' is hate speech. Just because something is lawful doesn't mean it is right. Apartheid was also lawful. And Die Stem is a product of apartheid."
"There does not need to be any Afrikaans song. I will happily settle for just Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. I anyhow never sing Die Stem part of the anthem."
"Remove Die Stem from the South African national anthem."
"Imagine protesting for "Die stem"!? #VoetsekEFF."
"I disagree with Julius Malema on Die Stem. There is nothing wrong with the National Anthem as is. At this rate, we’ll demolish the Union Building and Parliament because that is where Apartheid leadership sat and set laws of the past. I disagree."
"Jealous Malema will be removed from society looooong before Die Stem."
ActionSA sinks EFF coalition, describes it as the same as the ANC
Previously, Briefly News reported that ActionSA's Herman Mashaba closed the door on a partnership with the EFF as a potential coalition partner after the results of the local government elections.
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Talks between the two groups faltered on Friday night. Mahsaba confirmed that the ActionSA senate decided that a partnership with the EFF would violate their commitment to service delivery.
ActionSA said that the EFF is too similar to the ANC. Earlier, ActionSA had preferred the EFF over the DA and this is due to Mashaba's personal experiences with the DA, according to IOL.
Source: Briefly News