Cosatu: Don't ban 'shoot the boer'

2011-04-15 18:00
Johannesburg - Cosatu has backed a call by its North West wing and the NUM for AfriForum to drop its attempt to restrain ANC Youth League president Julius Malema from using the lyrics "shoot the boer".

"Whether the lyrics of such struggle songs should be sung today is another debate, but banning them is not practical; people will still sing them nevertheless," Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

The case was underway in the Equality Court in Johannesburg on Friday.

AfriForum believe the lyrics cause hostility and make Afrikaners feel threatened, whereas Malema and the ANC disagree, saying they are not intended to cause harm, and are part of the party's history and heritage.

AfriForum has said it accepted the lyrics being part of a museum display or a play, but that singing them in a political context polarised people in South Africa.

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