'Shoot the white' not our song – ANC

2011-10-16 16:19
Johannesburg - The ANC and its youth wing have distanced themselves from the “shoot the white” song sung by one of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s supporters at Wits University on Friday night.

The incident happened before Malema arrived to deliver his economic freedom lecture on the eve of his disciplinary hearing.

“I am tempted to sing this song,” said Tokelo Nhlapo, a member of the incoming student representative council and the youth league. To which the students replied: “Sing it”. He then burst into the banned “shoot the boer” with Wits students on their feet singing along.

He repeatedly added the words “dubula lekgoa” (shoot the white).

“When asked to explain what he meant, Nhlapo said: “I have the right not to comment. I choose not to say what I meant.”

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said: “It is an unknown version. From the ANC’s point of view, we have never heard this song. We only know the version (shoot the boer) that went to court.”

ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa said the “shoot the white” version of the song was not theirs. “We have never sung ‘shoot the white’. We don’t know it,” he said.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini condemned the song and said “shoot the white” sounded like hate speech.

Judge Colin Lamont banned the liberation song “shoot the boer”, saying it constituted hate speech. The ANC is appealing the decision to the Constitutional Court.


 


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