I heart Jozi – Weighing Malema’s song

2011-09-15 09:21

“Jozi is like a beautiful flower that blossoms and wilts all at the same time.”

This statement by my friend Richard “Quaz” Roodt is true not only of Jozi but of the country as a whole.

Consider this: It’s not cool for Julius Malema to sing “shoot the boer” because white guilt makes AfriForum a tad uncomfortable with the facts of our history.

But it is completely acceptable to call on all black South Africans to sing Die Stem as their national anthem – with pride, passion and reverence.

I have no issues with there being an Afrikaans verse, but must it be that song?

This is the same song that was the pride and national anthem of the apartheid regime and the soundtrack to a government that sought to dehumanise and enslave an entire race.

It’s funny how in this country Malema was sent to court for singing “dubula ibhunu” but we stand back and watch as the AWB hoists the old South African flag and vow to keep singing Die Stem despite what it symbolises to black South Africa.

It’s interesting how the constitutionality of a Black Journalists Forum was questioned in 2008 while Orania still exists today with its own currency and flag and might as well have a “whites only” signpost at its borders.

This country is a strange place. In the interest of so-called nation-building and equality, we ban whole parts of history.

But all this does is to deny a people any chance at true reconciliation and unity.

After a tirade on how sometimes it’s hard to love your own people when they mess up, Huey Freeman in The Boondocks says: “but you gotta love ’em coz they are your people after all”.

Seeing that this is the only place I have ever called home, I have to love it. But I imagine it’s the kind of love my mother had for me when I got in real trouble, love with a (not so slight) pinch of salt.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.