Mmusi Maimane quotes from Die Stem at election rally

2014-04-27 06:00

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DA spokesperson and Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane quoted lines from South Africa’s former national anthem, Die Stem, in a bid to woo voters in the Western Cape.

Delivering a rousing speech to about 7 000 people mainly from the Cape Flats at a DA rally in the Bellville Velodrome yesterday, Maimane said: “Ons sal antwoord op jou roepstem, ons sal offer wat jy vra. Ons sal lewe, ons sal sterwe, ons vir jou Suid-Afrika. [At thy call we shall not falter, firm and steadfast we shall stand. At thy will to live or perish, O South Africa, dear land.]”

He was cheered by the crowd every time he spoke Afrikaans.

The lines of Die Stem – which comprise the end of the first verse – are not in use in the country’s official National Anthem.

There has been a lot of debate about the retention of the first two lines of Die Stem in the national anthem, which was done as a gesture of goodwill and reconciliation.

Some have argued these lines are reminders of apartheid and breed resentment.

At some ANC gatherings, party members ignore the added verses of Die Stem and The Call, singing the long version of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika instead.

The DA gathering sang the official version of the national anthem at the start of proceedings.

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