Johannesburg - DA leader Mmusi Maimane has problems singing Die
Stem, but says changes to the National Anthem are subject to constitutional
negotiations with the EFF to form coalitions there had been broad discussions about street names and other
remnants of apartheid, he told reporters in Sandton on Wednesday.
asked whether he did indeed tell the EFF that asking black people to sing Die
Stem was like asking Jews to sing songs expressing support for Nazi leader
“As a child, I had to go through Die Stem, so I had
to think carefully about that,” he said.
on Wednesday said it would not enter into coalitions with the DA, due to ideological
differences between the parties. It would,
however, vote with the DA in the
Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, and Nelson Mandela Bay metros.
announced shortly afterwards that his party would enter into coalitions with
the FF Plus, Cope, UDM, and ACDP.
if Tshwane should be renamed, it would have to go through a public
participation process “just like anything about national symbols”. This was
because this process was prescribed by the Constitution.
had views about singing Die Stem, consensus had to be reached.
issue for me is that we can build a
common consensus and agree about an issue like Afrikaans
because I’m always at the forefront of trying to build a negotiated consensus
for South Africans.”
the EFF’s preconditions for going into coalitions with other parties was that
they should agree to the scrapping of Die Stem from the National Anthem. The
EFF demanded that parties should agree with them about issues like the
expropriation of land, the nationalisation of mines, and free education.