Cosatu defies song ban

2011-09-19 00:00

DESPITE last Monday’s Equality Court ruling that the song Dubula iBhunu (Shoot the Boer) constitutes hate speech and there is no justifiable reason for the continued singing of the song, it was defiantly sung during a Cosatu provincial shop stewards’ council meeting held at Durban’s Playhouse yesterday.

The meeting was attended by KZN Premier and Sdumo Dlamini, the president of the labour federation.

The singing of the song was prompted by Dlamini, who said Cosatu will continue to sing all struggle songs including Dubula iBhunu “because they are part of our history”.

Mkhize, eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo and other Cosatu leaders danced along as the audience sang the song.

Judge Colin Lamont ruled against Julius Malema, declaring the song hate speech after AfriForum had brought a case against the ANC Youth League president at the Gauteng Equality Court.

ANCYL, supported by the ANC, has vowed to appeal the decision because it believes the song is part of history of the struggle.

As the audience burst into singing Dubula iBhunu, Dlamini declared, “As Cosatu we are angry because we have noticed that somewhere there is a cabal of some constitutional experts who study and plot in corners and launch their attacks against the ANC …

“We will not fold our hands when people want to steal what we fought for. We will continue to sing our song. I am surprised that up to now this song has not been sung.”

Dlamini described the banning of the song as reversal of history and said Cosatu supports the ANC’s intention to appeal the ruling.

“The struggle songs are our history, which we have to retain. Banning the song is not sustainable and people will continue to sing it.”

Turning to other issues, Dlamini said that despite Cosatu’s opposition to Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s appointment as chief justice, the federation is now prepared and ready to work with him.

“Cosatu had a view and now that the state president has made the appointment, we are prepared to work with him, despite the previous views we had about him. We are, however, not apologetic about the view that we had about him.”

Dlamini said of the national stayaway called by Cosatu for October 5 that it is a declaration of war by the trade union federation against labour brokers.

“The battle lines have been drawn and our enemy is poverty, unemployment and inequality. We want to ensure that labour brokers are done away with in South Africa.”

Dlamini denied reports that Cosatu is divided across factions within the ANC and said the national executive committee of the ANC will continue to support the ANC leadership elected at the Polokwane conference until Cosatu’s congress next year adopts a position for next year’s ANC Mangaung conference.

Other issues the shop stewards’ council discussed were the political situation nationally and provincially; threats of political violence and instability in KZN; campaigning against corruption; defending unity; and preparing for a concert in solidarity with famine-ravaged Somalia.

Mkhize and Nxumalo addressed the council on behalf of the ANC and the SA Communist Party respectively.

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

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
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.