Saru and SuperSport to face Parliament over anthem bungle

2011-08-25 13:52

The SA Rugby Union (Saru) and broadcaster SuperSport will be brought before Parliament’s portfolio committee on sport after musician Ard Matthews bungled the national anthem on Tuesday in a live television broadcast.

The committee said today it did not find joy in an embarrassing event witnessed by the whole nation.

Matthews forgot the words to Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika before Saru named the 30-man Springbok squad to play in next month’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

“This embarrassing incident occurred at a moment when we were celebrating the victory of the Springboks winning the game against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.”

The portfolio committee said Saru and Supersport would appear at its next meeting to explain the “debacle” and avoid such “embarrassments” in the future.

Matthews, the lead singer of rock band Just Jinjer, as well as Supersport apologised for the bungle yesterday.

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