Dookoom: AfriForum will take legal action

2014-10-12 06:00

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AfriForum says it intends to take legal action against hip-hop group Dookoom's song and video.

Dookoom’s new song is controversially titled Larney Jou P**s.

In it, the band rolls a burning tyre across farm land and emblazons their logo on to a hill. Some viewers will see it as a visual representation of burning down farms.

“It romanticises violence,”?AfriForum said.

“AfriForum regards the song and the music video as an extreme form of racial prejudice and even hate speech, as defined in the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act. The tragic reality in South Africa is that farmers are being attacked and killed in extremely disproportionate numbers. This was also evident at the recent hearings of the SA Human Rights Commission. This song is not a form of art. It is an encouragement of racial hatred and a romanticising of violence towards farmers. The most derogatory words in the Afrikaans language are used to describe farmers and the video is clearly an encouragement of violence towards white people in general, and white farmers in particular. Some of the statements in the lyrics are also factually incorrect. AfriForum intends to request the author to withdraw the song and the video within 24 hours. If this request isn’t adhered to, AfriForum will use the appropriate channels and take legal action against the authors.”

More responses

“Farm workers are the collateral” – Carl Opperman for AgriSA

Picture: Yunus Mohamed/Foto 24

“Agriculture in the Western Cape has become the target of various forces acting for their own political gain. These faceless actors come with their own self-interested agendas and, ultimately, farm workers are the collateral. This video is no different. It is clearly hate speech, incitement to violence, and it ­deploys cheap shock tactics and tasteless gestures to grab attention. Whether it is a ­decision by farm workers, government, or other political bodies, workers are the ultimate victims time and time again. No one does more on the ground for workers in the Western Cape than AgriSA. Our workers are our pride. AgriSA and Agri Wes-Cape see this video as a clear human rights violation.”

“There’s still a lot of anger” – Oliver ­Hermanus, film maker

Oliver Hermanus. Picture: Muntu Vilakazi/City Press

“I love it. Perhaps it’s because it’s so ­unapologetic about being angry. Call me apartheid obsessed, but having just done a film about a farm murder and looking at the lives of coloured people in the Cape, it makes me sad that there is a race, which I am part of, that is so horribly lost and angry. ­Despite our grand national obsession with post-racial, post-apartheid, post-anger, post-blame bullshit, I still have that anger and that rage. If it upsets people – great!”

“Sad and desperate” – Deon Opperman, writer and theatre producer

Deon Opperman. Picture: Yunus Mohamed

“The video is rather tame as hate speech goes. It also has the same sad desperation that the singing of Die Stem at an Afrikaans arts festival has. [Both] are inspired by a very real sense of disenfranchisement and helplessness. But they both only serve to highlight the political impotency of the singer, while simultaneously further diminishing the very disenfranchised group they seek to empower. This music video will no more inspire real action than [Eugène] Terre’Blanche on his horse did.”

“Potent, visceral” – Lebo Mashile, spoken word ­artist

Lebo Mashile. Picture: Sipho Maluka

“Wow. This video is so potent. Yes, it’s a dangerous message. But what must black people do with their silence? With the pain, the anger, the inequality? And it dispels the ideas of farm workers as timid, ignorant people who just toil the land and accept their lot. Yes, this video is going to piss people off. But you can’t blame the artists for slavery, you can’t blame them for apartheid, you can’t blame them for inequality.

“If this video is hate speech, then what of the white supremacy that speaks to us every day? White South Africa needs to unpack white hierarchy, otherwise this anger is not going to go away.”

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