No blowing of vuvuzelas during anthem – government

2010-06-08 16:28

Government urged soccer fans to refrain from blowing vuvuzelas

while national anthems are being played in stadiums during the 2010 Fifa World


“Government calls on South Africans to stand to attention – with

their hands placed at their sides – while singing the national anthem,”

government spokesman Themba Maseko said.

This guideline applied indefinitely, but the appeal was being made

now to ensure that World Cup stadium audiences showed the necessary respect for

the SA anthem and those of participating countries, he said.

This guideline was confirmed during the June 4 meeting of the

inter-ministerial committee on the World Cup, following earlier deliberations on

the issue.

“Government urges audiences not to move around, hold conversations

or blow vuvuzelas during performances of the anthem.

“Respect for the anthem is part of the total experience of the 2010

Fifa World Cup,” Maseko said.


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