ANC 'shoot the boer' hypocrisy slammed
Cape Town - It is ironic that the ANC wants to restrict the media while claiming freedom of speech to justify its "dangerous hate-inciting speech", the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) said on Monday.
The fact that the ANC had applied for leave to appeal against the restriction on singing the song in which the words "dubul' iBhunu" (Shoot the Boer) were used, created the impression the ANC supported this song's cruel message, FF Plus spokesperson Anton Alberts said in a statement.
"Through this action the governing party promotes racial tensions and racial hatred."
The ANC's inability to change from a so-called freedom movement to a modern political party was clearly visible from the fact that the ANC was alleging the song was part of its struggle for freedom.
The ANC should rather pay attention to morally transforming the organisation and internalising and enforcing rationality, rather than expecting society to transform on a racial basis.
"It is clear that the ANC is trapped in the past and that they do not understand the sensitivities of South Africa," Alberts said.
The FF Plus would monitor the ANC's application and was considering various strategies to oppose it.
Christian Democratic Party leader Theunis Botha also criticised the ANC's appeal. The decision to appeal was "as damaging to the country as is the decision by the Hawks to abandon the investigation into the controversial arms deal", he said in a statement.
"As it stands, it was already a crying shame that it was necessary to approach the court to halt this clear manifestation of hate speech."