Ras Dumisani epitomises our anthem

2009-11-24 13:44

Should he first be famous or perfect before we can spare him the

thought of rejection as one of us? I’m yet to hear such horrendous

self-righteousness or opportunism to sound nationalistic than nationalism itself

requires.

No doubt Ras Dumisani took a gamble and the outcome was diabolical.

It is okay to express outrage but what do we hope to get by demanding such

extreme retributive measures? I had thought we’re a forgiving nation, where is

our boundless forgiveness suddenly?

On radio Ras Dumisani apologised profusely and unreservedly. He

said he should have refused to sing the anthem after proper equipment was not

organised for him. He, therefore, accepted responsibility for embarrassing his

country.

But just there, has anyone thought about what would have happened

if Ras Dumisani had refused to sing and someone else other than a South African

national messed up the song? Was he not going to suffer worst-off insults and

probably told never to set his foot in South Africa again for being unpatriotic?

Perhaps more than being an opportunist, Ras Dumisani might well

have been driven, despite the adverse situation, by the very nationalism for

which the self-righteous nationalists are crucifying him. More than wanting him

to perfect, and I wonder if nationalism demands perfection or allegiance, we

should appreciate him for courageously raising his hands in clear identification

with South Africa.

Now was it the first time that the anthem was badly sung? I’m not

condoning the bad singing? What I’m getting at is why is every Tom, Dick and

Marry suddenly feeling confident to spew vitriol like volcano eruption? Where

were they and why did the media hush-hush Sis Letta Mbulu’s bad singing of the

anthem? Is it not expedient, perhaps, for all these people to descent on Ras

Dumisani like a pack of hungry wolves? Is it because of his low status as an

artist or his religion as a Rasta or both?

It could well be that Ras Dumisani’s bad singing epitomises the

incoherence that pervades our anthem itself. Perhaps we’re merely tinkling with

the symptoms while avoiding the underlying cause of the embarrassments we have

suffered and might possibly suffer in future.

I for one believe we should bite the bullet and have Nkosi Sikelel’

iAfrika as the authentic and legitimate anthem than the current concoction! Or

because we’re a country famous for its acrobatic bending-over-backwards, let’s

have a totally new anthem!


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