Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Song ‘a constitutional issue’
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC is heading to the highest court in the land to defend the singing of the liberation song “shoot the boer”.
“It is an incompetent judgment.
“There is so much injustice that emanates from the judgment,” said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu in Johannesburg yesterday.
He and ANC secretary- general Gwede Mantashe addressed the media on the party’s unhappiness with the South Gauteng High Court ruling which banned the singing of the controversial song.
Mantashe said: “The struggle for our freedom was declared as just by the entire world, it is apartheid that was declared evil against humanity.
“That song was not sung under normal circumstances. This is a constitutional matter.”
The controversial song recently shot to prominence again after being sung by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema while addressing his supporters.
As a result, the likes of the Freedom Front Plus, AfriForum and the Afrikanerbond lodged official complaints against him.
But Mthembu and Mantashe argued that the song was taken out of context and slammed the acting judge for not according the ANC an opportunity to explain its case before making a judgment.
“It is not dubul’ ibhunu (“shoot the boer”) that came from nowhere.
“People want to fuel fears which are not there. We did not ban the stem when we took over.
“No judge, except this one, would have considered the matter to be urgent,” said Mthembu.
Mantashe said the judgment could not be enforced and implemented.
“Easy legal victories by any grouping in society will further polarise our society.
Mthembu denied there was any correlation between the “shoot the boer” song and the actual killing of farmers.
Comments by Sonny
ANC Corruption and abuse of power should become a Constitutional issue!
Freedom of sceech has become an issue too!