FF Plus not against liberation songs

2011-01-27 14:05
Johannesburg - The FF Plus on Thursday continued its campaign to stop the singing of "shoot the boer", complaining about a call by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema to resist attempts to have liberation songs banned.

"The Freedom Front Plus and other organisations' protests are not against the singing of liberation songs, as Malema is trying to incorrectly portray. It is about the singing of phrases such as "shoot the boer" ... which appears in the song 'Ayesab' amagwala'," said the party's Pieter Mulder in a statement.

"The FF Plus calls on all reasonable South Africans to fearlessly show their disapproval of such phrases, which cause great tension."

Mulder said Malema made the call in an address on Wednesday.

The party said it had succeeded in having the phrase "kill the boer" classified in the past, and would continue with the present campaign.

Malema is facing court action by lobby group AfriForum which is trying to prevent him from using the words.

The furore erupted when he sang it a University of Johannesburg gathering last year.

The ANC has defended it as part of a struggle song, but its president Jacob Zuma has also called on people not to sing songs that may be divisive.

The Freedom Front Plus, like many critics, fear someone may take the words literally.

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