Racist anthem not yum

2012-06-28 10:05

Cape Town - A Cape Town man buying chicken at take-way shop KFC was shocked when a "vulgar, profane" version of the national anthem blasted out over the music system, it was reported on Thursday.

Tariq Mellett told the Cape Times he was waiting in the queue at the KFC in Buitenkant Street, Gardens, when he heard what sounded like the national anthem, Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika.

"It sounded like parts of the national anthem, but I was surprised when the song started in Afrikaans with: Nkosi Sikelel'... Nkosi is 'n doos, Mandela is 'n fokken kaffir... and so on, at full blast," he said.

"Two other customers and I were flabbergasted by the vulgarity, profanity and racism being belted out in a popular family restaurant."

Mellett said they shouted at the staff to switch it off, but this was done only after some time.

KFC's provincial manager Craig Davids told the newspaper it had referred the query to franchisor Yum Restaurants.

"We are in the process of looking into the matter, I can't comment until we have checked it out," he said.

  • chris.gill.9849 - 2012-06-28 10:14

    Let's boycott KFC and eat Nandos rather.

      kenny.liebenberg - 2012-06-28 10:17

      Nandos taste much better to!

      Iam - 2012-06-28 10:24

      Far less oil...

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-28 10:32

      Agreed. Support a local franchise. Why people go to unhealthy and bad tasting kfc is beyond me.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-06-28 11:43

      @John, cause they can...

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-28 11:48

      The truth hurts, Comments from both sides now, so which side is hurt

      deabreu - 2012-06-28 16:39

      I have heard that song by "Shane, daai vark". In fact, he has quite a few songs which got him into trouble. KFC, yummies. I love the zinger box. 4 deliciouuuussssss spicey zinger wings, One very yummies zimger burger, a coke, chips and a side for R50 bucks. Mouth watering Yummmmiiiieeesss!

      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:15

      I love the fully loaded box meal. Burger, piece of chicken, mash, chips and a cool drink for under R55!

      GodsGraceSuffices - 2012-06-29 11:22

      Hungry Lion is better!

      boeretroos.redakteur - 2012-06-29 13:46

      That cd should be playing during every meal at every KFC - lalalalalala KFC - a piece of wing for you and a breast for me, please pass the chips and tomato sauce, bite the bun and gimme some slaai.

  • Günter - 2012-06-28 10:19

    One of the questions asked is who performed the song, what label produced it and how did it get distributed. Only then should one look at low income not highly sophisticated staff playing music that is easily available. You guys shoot the messenger more than the writer, plus do yourself a favour and stay away from a diet that high in transfat

      nieldevilliers - 2012-06-28 10:31

      I've heard it before, performed by a guy called Shane. It's quite old though.

      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:16

      Isn't it the same song that got the manager fired at Sun City a couple of years ago?

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-06-28 10:26

    But it ok to sing Kill the Boer, go figure. Why do people get so stirred up over paintings, lyrics to a song. Where is the outcry about issues that really matter.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-28 10:43

      I agree. The ANC clearly paved the way for these types of songs. Personally I don't like it from either side, but if one side accepts that 'hate songs' (or whatever one should call them) is OK, then live with that decision and don't cry when other people retaliate with their 'hate songs'. Be mature and accept the president you set, alternatively admit you're a damn hypocrite.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-28 10:46

      Darren, any song,phrase or statement that undermines an individual due to their skin colour is wrong and ugly, Malema is a fool,you must first value a persons ideology before you get offended by their remarks. RACISM as a whole is an act of stupidity and evil!

      francoisengelbrecht1 - 2012-06-28 10:47

      Because words matter. Actions, including hate crimes and genocide, start with words. We SHOULD get stirred up over this issue.

      richy.rex.77 - 2012-06-28 11:54

      You really don't want to grow up, or you've been bewitched?

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-06-28 11:58

      @Andile, It may well be illegal and while two wrongs do not make a right, I am talking about perspective. It is all too common in our society where people get all worked up about what really is the small stuff. Calling people names is deemed perhaps more important or certainy more controvercial, than rape, murder and many other issues. As to you calling me stupid, you cannot begin to imagine how little your opion means to me, also, I practice what I preach and really don't care about names, labels,stupid song lyrics or offensive paintings, I have bigger issues that concern me.

      Irene - 2012-06-28 11:59

      Andile ~ If the court ruled against the song, why was Zooomer singing it in January 2012?

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-06-28 12:18

      Another point, if songs can entice people to kill farmers and can so greatly affect the moral fabric of society, why are we not writing and singing songs about not raping, murdering and stealing and perhaps even songs about loving our fellow man. Laughable you say, I agree. Again we need to put this stuff in perspective..

      jerry.medina.756 - 2012-06-28 16:32


      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:20

      @Ntuthuko M Simelane : not just Malema, the entire ANC was willing to go to court and it did. There is no bigger racists in this country than ANC members.

      DarrenCooper68 - 2012-06-29 07:54

      @ Jerry, I think that your question says more about you than it does about me. How do you get that interpretaion from what I wrote? Do you honestly believe anyone feels that way or or you simply trying to make some silly point at my expense.

  • bev.walker.73 - 2012-06-28 10:36

    Oh yeah I can tell that it is school holidays judging by the comments posted here. Looks like all the kids are online.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-28 10:40

      Good one

      Billy - 2012-06-28 10:46

      was wondering about that

      wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-06-28 11:07

      oh. no wonder there's so little cars on the roads...

  • Jason Scott Johnson - 2012-06-28 10:40

    I agree that what happened is not at all right and should not be allowed.Its just funny when ever something bad is said about african people it is labelled racsist but when Malema and his followers sang kill the boer the word racist was not even mentioned.the word racist gets used too easily

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-28 10:43

      i for one, still do not understand why any organization would bring a Malema character to their ranks. in addressing issues with race,we likely Not to be very accurate. South Africa is for all who live in it! God gave one world to us. - 2012-06-28 11:52

      Jason, not true that, Malema was labelled Racist many times by sum white people, i quote, they said bloody racist,

  • clive.brink - 2012-06-28 10:47

    ....and Pigs will fly on the 1st of July!!! This guy must have been smoking some of the best of the Cape of Good Dope hoping for a free meal or is looking for some easy cheap publicity. I dont believe a word of this!

      richy.rex.77 - 2012-06-28 12:10

      Jaaa. May I have the empty bottle of what this man was drinking, I tell you is good. SAB Miller didn't go wrong on that one. Geeeeeeee

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-06-28 10:54

    Seems like like Yum Restaurants prefer the Sounds of Silence this morning.

  • Mbofheni - 2012-06-28 11:03

    Another good reason of avoiding KFC!

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-28 11:04

    propoganda - the only people working at kfc are black. that, or this guy was on tik!

      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:23

      Jip, when is the last time that anyone saw a white working at any of the take away franchises? Haven't seen one in Pretoria. Talk about racism.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-06-28 11:07

    This is so wrong, we need to tolerate and respect one another. We can differ with opinions but we don't need to hurt and open old wounds. There are morons in every society and we must stop justifying this with what the anc is doing. Lots of black people myself included are fedup with the anc and the anc doesn't represent all black people. I suppose all white people don't like "kill the farmer " song even if they are not farmers themselves. Two wrongs don't make a right!!!

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-06-28 22:53

      well said!!

  • Marco - 2012-06-28 11:08


      Marco - 2012-06-28 11:13


      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-28 11:36

      Does it please to call people these ugly names?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-28 11:44

      Was it 1998? Shane die Vark? Just asking.( not saying it is) Someone tried to play a tape, that sounded like that, in my bakkie that Christmas and I destroyed it on the spot. I am not sure who sang it, but I heard that there were other songs taped on the tape of the person mentioned.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-28 12:46

      When it was recorded is not the point (idiot), we're commenting on the recent playing of the song in a KFC outlet.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-28 20:09

      BigChief, I ask because I was curious. The person made a statement as if he or she knows and that was the ground for my question. It seams to me all these thumbs downers are Shane fans. What a common thumbs-downer group!!! I agree, it is an imbecile that played the song!!!!

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-06-28 22:58

      Ive been on this forum on and off over the past 8 years, and I cannot believe the calibre of people using this site has dropped to such a low. I have participated and been entertained by thought provoking and intellectual debate, and have grown with the site, but when someone opens with the "OK is truly a shame. @ Ntuthuko, luv your comments always!

      Stille - 2012-06-29 07:56

      Probably Shane - he's a wifebeater too....vark indeed....

  • mpho.mashego.35 - 2012-06-28 11:16

    Only in South Africa! Got to love ths twisted society of ours

  • chris.hadfield2 - 2012-06-28 11:24

    But god forbid we get touchy when leading political figure sing about killing whites...

      billy.woo.16 - 2012-06-28 23:54

      With all the respect I was waiting for this line to come up.

  • Tommo - 2012-06-28 11:26

    Its got to do with a lack of self respect. People don't like themselves, they don't like others.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-06-28 11:27

    Lmbao,the player of the song must be living a very sad life.

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-06-28 11:30

      Exactly, this is not a white conspiracy.

  • Gerald - 2012-06-28 11:29

    Ironic, isnt KFC the national bird of SA

  • WYNANDVW - 2012-06-28 11:36

    Why can you people never resist the urge to turn the comments section into a forum for racial feuds. I'm pretty sure we can all agree that this song is a disgrace. Why do we all need to turn on each other, and make references to "Kill the boer"? I'm always ashamed of South Africans when I read the comments on news 24. You're an embarrassment to yourselves and to our rainbow nation. There is no need to refer to race or issues of the past when dealing with profanities or determining right from wrong. Something is either right or it's wrong. Period. You're like a pack of dogs. If one dog barks the rest follow.

  • kevin.moreland2 - 2012-06-28 11:36

    haha sounds like it would be funny lol

  • Biffabeebs - 2012-06-28 11:37

    We need the Men in Black to come over here and delete KFC from everyone's memories!

  • lmapheto - 2012-06-28 11:42

    Morning, So i have realised that people panic when racist acts come to play...but i say to you worry not because its never going to end. From the leadership camps in Badplaas across Ventersdorp to Goodmans gallery nothing can change what South Africa is today...The Old South African flag cannot change the rich culture of this country...burning and wiping boots on the New South African flag cannot delete the great future and the country’s future with its White, Black, Green or Gold people in it...So be careful to conclude that all whites are racist, be careful to think all black are out for revenge...It is time we realise that what we think is racist its pure hatred from people with empty lives...people who want to point fingers for not getting what they want...serial losers and failures in live...unhappy hooligans who want attention...don’t be so happy yet...they can be either black or white...THIS IS SOUTH AFRICA AND FORWARD WE GO...IT WILL NEVER GO BACK EVEN IF YOU BURN YOUR FINGERS...HERE IS TO PEACE AND PROSPERITY...CHEERS!!!

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-06-28 11:48


      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-28 11:52

      Excellent comment Imapheto. I hope you're right though, because the fact is that currently just about everything going wrong here is as a result of a greedy and incompetent ruling party, but the blame however is being placed on the Whites. Not a healthy situation at all and certainly not setting a good climate for the future.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-28 12:09


      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-06-28 23:03

      Excellent comment lmapheto. I support that!

  • vaughan.gehlig - 2012-06-28 11:45

    Anyone know where i can get the song?

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-06-28 11:51

      Really, trying to be funny, trolling or plain stupid?

      Mike - 2012-06-28 19:25

      Try morons-r-us

      melania.nel - 2012-06-28 20:34


  • Cherri - 2012-06-28 11:58

    Strange story this, considering that it's Troublemaker Tariq (of the Helen Zille/Hitler notoriety) that just so happened to be the person hearing this.

      Cherri - 2012-06-28 12:01

      Read the full report on IOL and see how many holes there are in his story....

      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:29

      Do you think it is a ANC stunt to take the attention away from the current ANC affairs?

  • riette.nothling - 2012-06-28 12:02

    Some of us actually want racial unity and is fedup with this tension, then idiots play songs like this? Just like there is a group of blacks who wants to get rid of whites, the same is true of whites who wants to return the favour. Unfortunately some of us are scared sh*tless of war and wishes people will use their brains before doing stupid things like this!

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-06-28 12:06

      or they should just hang themselves

  • Seperate - 2012-06-28 12:04

    I for one don't care,they can play the song a billion times. They shouldn't get the kind of reaction they gunning for.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-06-28 12:10

    we are a sensitive lot. People, let's ignore these things. They do nothing but cause havoc in our country. If like me you're sick of this racial tension and threats of war, express yourself on Green Skin Initiative, a facebook group that aims to prove to everyone that we're all the same.

  • eldavinn - 2012-06-28 12:11

    Give em' the finger, don't lick it.

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-06-28 12:13

    cape tawn is old south africa,ather provinces are lives in a new south africa,a free country,a rainbow nation.

      chriswesley.perumal - 2012-06-28 20:49

      Hey boytjie, its cape town, you stupid moron - or should I say mpho pol?

      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:33

      And clearly you are a product of the New South Africa schooling.

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-06-28 12:13

    cape tawn is old south africa,ather provinces are lives in a new south africa,a free country,a rainbow nation.

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-06-28 12:13

    cape tawn is old south africa,ather provinces are lives in a new south africa,a free country,a rainbow nation.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-28 12:16

      Repeat offender ! Free country....Indeed ! Free to thieve, murder, rape.

      Jannie - 2012-06-28 16:32

      Mpho have you been to Cape Town lately? DUMB COMMENT.

      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:33

      And clearly you are a product of the New South Africa schooling.And clearly you are a product of the New South Africa schooling. In all three cases.

  • JJ - 2012-06-28 12:23

    AGHHH....Racism this, racism that!! I'm just going to carry on with my life, I like people of all colours and I'm willing to accept all that accept me for who I am.

  • Gerald - 2012-06-28 12:33

    There cant be many people named Tariq Mellett in CPT. Google it and see results for an ANC Activist, coincidence? Maybe just trying to rattle DAs stronghold over the Western Cape.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-06-28 12:42

      Dirty tricks...again ! Would put nothing past this evil lot.

      JJ - 2012-06-28 13:29

      Hahaha!! Dirty political game!! Seriously, I wouldn't put it past certain politicians to roofie their own mom to gain a political advantage.

  • yolande.rwaai - 2012-06-28 13:07

    He who angers you, controls you. That word has zero effect on me 'cause I CHOOSE to NOT let it bother me. Moving along...

  • Dale - 2012-06-28 14:07


      yolande.rwaai - 2012-06-28 14:57


  • arthur.hugh - 2012-06-28 14:18

    BullsBalls = IQ < Plankton / chop + loser

  • mongikazi.phetshula - 2012-06-28 15:11


  • puse.mabuza - 2012-06-28 15:20

    News24 i dont know how many times in a week you guyz bring the topic which sparks the 'racism' and lead to a division between races. Please stop doing that its tiring.

      Mike - 2012-06-28 19:43

      It's a ploy to get people worked up and result in lots of artificial page hits so they sell lots of ads

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-06-28 16:29

    All racists must be lined out and shot in the head. I'll be happy to pull the trigger.Oh I forgot the whole continent of europe is full of them and they are better armed.

      Jannie - 2012-06-28 16:33

      why waste bullets?

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-06-28 18:42


      chriswesley.perumal - 2012-06-28 20:54

      You should be shot you dickhead but it will have to be a bodyshot as your head is obviouly into somebodys ass

      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:35

      But Jerry, where will the ANC get voters from when all their supportas are dead?

  • Jannie - 2012-06-28 16:30

    we have become an oversensitive bunch of winghers. Seems like if we call RACIST then the whole world stops to watch. Let me enlighten: Racism will ALWAYS BE THERE, any any race can be a racist. the point is who gives a rats ass? if someone calls you a K, or a rock spider,cracker, mulungu. as TD Jakes said LET IT GO, he or she is the one with the problem. Focus on things that really matter in your life, like sorting out this useless government, and your own well being, like your health, wealth and faith ( whatever it may be). If you ignore the trolls in this world, they will dissapear into obscurity. If you want to get upset or emotive about something, get upset about crime, poor education, lack of service delivery... those are real issues, not some moron that playes a crack induced version of out anthem? or some wacky artist that painted the pressies spear. Im mean really NEWS24 and media, stop giving trolls, and racists the time of day by printing this tripe in the media. We need to heal apparently so, why print this poo, that upsets people ( even though it shouldnt, we should be secure enough in our own cultures and identity to laugh at racist bugholes)

  • Wehan Van Greunen - 2012-06-28 16:32

    nope thats not nice!

  • mondli.botha.7 - 2012-06-28 17:57

    The only problem in south africa we turn to take natural lunatics into consideration. So what?

  • mpho.mashego.35 - 2012-06-28 17:58

    Thts zilleville 4 u blacks are even called refugees #YouthPower#

      merven.halo - 2012-06-29 07:37

      Eish, I'm a Malema fan! #IdiotPower#

  • Maureen - 2012-06-28 18:21

    I hate racism, no person in South Africa is any better than the other you may think you are. What are we teaching our kids? to hate each other. Some of us live in warm homes others don't through no fault of their own. Be a bigger person and lets end this crap before it festers into pure hatred.

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-06-28 18:38

    Another bunch of CHICKEN retailers, These detractors need to be PLUCKED.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-06-28 20:08

    Is this not a freedom song?

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-28 20:19

    hahahahaha Never a dull moment in South Africa..

  • melania.nel - 2012-06-28 20:31

    He should take it to court and not the papers. What has he accomplished so far? I read somewhere he is an ANC activist. Offended much? I agree that its a disgusting song.

      chriswesley.perumal - 2012-06-28 20:57

      This dickhead heard the song ten years ago but only complained now - he must be quite senior in some gov position to respond so quickly.........

  • chriswesley.perumal - 2012-06-28 21:01

    YUM YUM YUM here we cum, lots of chicken in my bum

  • HendrikAfrika - 2012-06-28 21:10

    Disgusting, low low class idiots. They should SUSPEND the management of the store until the matter is sorted out with the franchisor. Nobody tht feel they are worth something should ever enter that store again. Where is our whites with some red paint for red crosses on the store front.

      faan.gerber - 2012-06-28 23:07

      Hendrik,jy is nou regtig besig om snot te praat. On a more serious note - I cannot believe we have this dicussion. The song is stupid and degrading and I for one cannot believe there is people in our country that think it is funny.

  • Zeke - 2012-06-29 01:52

    For once I would love to read about how all races in SA contributed to something positive in our country, and I bet you there are stories like that! Perhaps we should start telling them instead of waiting for media houses like news24 to spew out more negativity. I don't mean sweep the junk under the carpet but there has to be a balance because from the comments I read here, it sounds like we have all just about given up and allowed ourselves to be divided!

  • kevin.condon2 - 2012-06-29 06:14

    This week I was at KFC near Vasco Dagama Rd, as you enter there is a short video clip showing Bacon & eggs been cooked. When placing an order for a bacon & egg sandwich, I was bluntly told the dont have bacon as this was a halaal shop. I was annoyed because the add clearly shows bacon been cooked and secondly nowhere does it indicate that they dont cater for any other religious belief. During a visit to Saudi Arabia no non- halaal products can be found, they cater for themselves which I have no problem with. However this is not a muslim state and I feel if a KFC shop owner only wants to cater for Muslims he should clearly indicate that this is a Hallal shop. Advertising bacon & eggs been cooked in the shop is then false advertising as well as not having the courage to clearly display they dont cater for others is chicken. Viva Australia having the ba*^# to tell the world that they are a christian country and if you dont like it go home. KFC owners have the ba*^# to show customers that this is a hallal shop, before we enter your shop. This rooster wont be back KFC.