Mantashe: Lyrics meant to inspire
Johannesburg - The intention of the struggle song containing the lyrics "awudubhule ibhunu" (shoot the boer) is to inspire and mobilise people, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told the Equality Court on Tuesday.
He was testifying in the hate speech case against ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.
Mantashe said liberation songs had no copyright and, because of this, any other liberation movement, such as the Pan Africanist Congress, could sing them too.
It had yet to be determined where the song originated, he said.
Earlier, poet and ANC veteran Wally Serote told the court the victims of apartheid had sought noble ways of healing the country.
Afrikaner interest group AfriForum has taken Malema to court, contending that his singing of the struggle song constitutes hate speech.
Serote said that if Malema were to get out of hand, the "elders" of the ANC would sit him down and talk to him.
He said Malema had a right to act like a youth, because he was a youth.
Serote agreed with the view, expressed in court by Science and Technology Deputy Minister Derek Hanekom last week, that a "national dialogue" on the matter was needed.
The poet also believed the song was not linked to any farm killings.