Cosatu defies ban on struggle song

2011-09-20 07:31

Labour-union federation Cosatu’s president S’dumo Dlamini has defied the controversial ban on the liberation struggle song “shoot the boer”.

According to a report today in the Dispatch Online, Dlamini led hundreds of shopstewards in East London in a lively rendition of the song, saying that the ban meant nothing to those who had sacrificed their lives for the country’s liberation.

Judge Colin Lamont last week found ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema guilty of hate speech for singing the song.

Addressing Cosatu’s second provincial shop stewards council meeting, Dlamini urged the workers to ignore the “clueless judge” and continue singing the banned song at their gatherings.

In his judgment, Lamont said there was no justification for the song to be sung, adding that it unlawfully singled out white Afrikaners and farmers as the subject of hate.

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