Defend struggle songs, urges ANCYL
Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has called on
South Africans to defend struggle songs and support the league's president,
Julius Malema, who will appear in court on Monday facing hate speech charges.
"All South Africans from all walks of life are called upon to come in
their numbers to show support for struggle songs of the ANC, which in a manner
reminiscent of apartheid, might be banned because of some unexplainable fears
of some few people," said ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu on Sunday
The case, brought against Malema by AfriForum for singing the struggle song
with the words "shoot the boers" on a number of occasions, begins at
the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.
The court has set aside 10 days for the matter.
"All heritage activists and practitioners, artists, musicians, and
those who care for the protection of South Africa’s struggle heritage and songs
are called upon to reject claims that ANC songs incite violence, whilst they do
not," Floyd said.
Earlier on Sunday, AfriForum said it will distribute one million pamphlets
countrywide as part of their marketing campaign to garner public support
against Malema's hate speech.
"The marketing campaign includes the distribution of more than one
million pamphlets to households all over South Africa, and advertisements on
television, radio and various publications," lawyer Kallie Kriel said.
This was to stop the use of inflammatory slogans such as "shoot the
boer" and hate speech in general by Malema, he said.