Rasta singer accused of treason

2009-11-18 09:01

Cape Town - Furious members of Parliament have accused the reggae singer who butchered the national anthem on Friday night, of treason.

Ras Dumisani, who sang the anthem before the rugby match between the French and the Springboks in Toulouse, France, would have been embarrassed had he appeared before the parliamentary portfolio committee for sport on Tuesday.

"It is treason! I don't know how he could get onto the stage if he couldn’t sing the anthem. He is ready for retirement," stated committee member and ANC MP, Litho Suka.

He said an apology alone was not good enough, and that the South African official who had recommended Dumisani to the French, should also be held accountable.

'Pathetic version'

Butana Komphela, ANC MP and committee chairperson, also wanted to know why nobody had checked beforehand whether "that rasta man" could sing.

"Our anthem is our pride, but that was a pathetic version."

Komphela phoned Oregan Hoskins, president of the South African Rugby Union, immediately after the test to convey his displeasure.

Committee members want to talk to the Department of International Relations and Co-operation to prevent a repeat of the incident, in which South Africa's flag was also flown upside down.

One possibility was to supply a uniform recording of the national anthem to South African embassies, which could be played at sporting events.

  • Concerned Citizen - 2009-11-18 09:11

    They really waste their time on futile issues when there are far more pressing issues at hand. They spend more time, money and effort in the botch of the national anthem than they do in protecting the people from criminals - look at the article on the police as outlined by the DA.

  • Tarras Bulba - 2009-11-18 09:11

    Wow. Getting out of hand. TREASON?

    Sigh, it is part of the human condition to spend all your energy on trivial matters when there are far worse problems you should really focus on.

  • TNC - 2009-11-18 09:15

    Oh come one people get over it....Can't you forgive. We forgave Apartheid people... RAS DUMISANI didn't kill anytone... What about the BOEREMAG with their Treason? This is sick... MOVE ON

  • ewm - 2009-11-18 09:16

    Treason ??? Thats pushing it a bit too far. Yeah, the dude was terrible...lets leave it and move on...making sure it never happens again

  • A - 2009-11-18 09:55

    Typical - we have so much more serious things to deal with and sort out and Parliament is stuck on this. I can only laugh, really. The guy has been publically humiliated and I honestly think he has paid his dues, move on.

  • Tall - 2009-11-18 09:56

    I think the guy did commit a mistake, he is a human being like us. I think enough is enough. He has already apologised and why are we still persecuting and nailing him on the cross.

  • MikeF - 2009-11-18 09:56

    A hatchet job worse than Ras Dumisani’s vandalisation of our National Anthem at the rugby test last Friday evening,
    is the public spat conducted by our Ministry of Sport against SARU about the status of the eligibility of Beast to play for the Springboks.

    Why do they prefer to handle this matter in the public domain, even to the point of placing paid advertisements in newspapers.
    on a platform for the whole world to hear, just before an important test match.

    How unsettling this must have been for the player and the team.

    I think this is very unprofessional, for a Ministry of Sport to be doing this to one of their own sports code, a highly respected sports code.
    The Springbok’s are world champions, and they are treated like naughty school boys by a retributive school master.

    Even if SARU are in the wrong on this issue, why did it have to be done in this disrespectful manner.
    This is an internal matter, and should have been handled as such.

    Surely there is a more dignified way for the Sports Ministry, and the Sports Portfolio Committee,
    to deal with sports codes who serve under their jurisdiction

    Shame on our Sports Ministry.

  • Daryl - 2009-11-18 09:56

    Let it rest! They offered an apology. What more can you do.

  • Win - 2009-11-18 09:56

    If only the government put the same emphasis on issues like crime, poverty and education. Goes to show you where their priorities lie. So he couldn't sing, so what, get over it.

  • greg - 2009-11-18 09:58

    Fiddling while Rome burns....

  • Lauren - 2009-11-18 09:58

    Has anyone considered that the French might have DELIBERATELY organised the hideously bad anthem singer plus hanging to SA flag upside down to rattle and unsettle the Springboks before the match? I think some of my investigative journalist colleagues need to go and do some digging...might be interesting to see what they come up with!

  • tony cape town - 2009-11-18 10:05

    what a waste of time - the guy messed up move on ! Its over !

  • TLC - 2009-11-18 10:09

    Please people you are getting petty now. There are still grave issues to be attended to e.g. the fiasco at SABC, the meyham at ASA, ESCO, ARMSCOR, the list is endless. Please now spare the RASTA he apologised.

  • Sinudeity - 2009-11-18 10:10

    Just let it go dudes... just let it go.

  • praise - 2009-11-18 10:11

    Treason...looks like this word lost its meaning without my knowledge. Aren't there better things to discuss in parliament.

  • Jammy - 2009-11-18 10:13

    Give Ras Dumisani a break, people! Politicians always blow things out of proposion. This guy has apologised. Unlike Chuene, the Reitz four, Wouter Basson etc. Let s move on. It was just a song for heaven's sake. Nobody was forced to eat urinated food.

  • Zola - 2009-11-18 10:13

    Hayi, i give up. TREASON!!! Really now...

  • Truly - 2009-11-18 10:17

    Treason? No, but he sure did murder the song. For what reason the song was attempted by a reggae star, I don't just doesn't go hand in hand with the style. I don't think he will ever be contracted to perform any national anthem ever again, so lets leave him be.

  • peter - 2009-11-18 10:18

    If they want to try anybody for treason they should look at Eskom's board, Thabo and Manto. They sold the country out!

  • Devin - 2009-11-18 10:20

    Haha its funny... Ok the guy sang badly... Get over it!

  • AB - 2009-11-18 10:20

    I so wish our leaders would get this upset about: drunk driving, murder, Malema's constant racist mouthing off, corruption etc etc.....

  • YEAHRIGHT - 2009-11-18 10:22


  • LOL - 2009-11-18 10:25

    I think Ras had a bit too much Grass :)

  • itrollu - 2009-11-18 10:26

    Damn straight it's treason. I mean, rugby is flippen important bru.

  • Neil - 2009-11-18 10:27


  • Robin - 2009-11-18 10:29

    We watched it last night to see what all the fuss was about. Its how a Rasta singer sings. This is the style of Reggae. It wasn't as bad as everyone is claiming it to be. To blame our loss on this is ridiculous. Get over it! :)

  • Charlotte - 2009-11-18 10:30

    Whats done is done, nothing is ever done right so what makes this any different. Build a bridge and get over it. There are bigger problems to worry about.

  • Themba - 2009-11-18 10:30

    Ohh Nooo!!! just leave Ras alone for now, the guy has apologised to the entire nation, what more do we want. We have other serious matters that our government must attend. Now he's a well known chap.Focus on crime that is killing our citizens.

  • GKM - 2009-11-18 10:31

    What of ASA, Leonard Chuene treason by getting the nation to want to go to "race" wars again.

  • Davo - 2009-11-18 10:33

    According to Webster's, the word 'discriminate' means to distinguish between one and another. In our society, the word is much maligned due to the gender, race and other prefixes usually attached. In this case, the process failed to suitably discriminate between an artist of excellence and the one we got. Don't blame the artist, fix the process.

  • Dave Gray - 2009-11-18 10:34

    This is ridiculous, leave the poor man aone, it was a mistake, it was bad but get over it now. People used to be shot for treason, is this what the fools in parliament want.

  • Alana Slabber - 2009-11-18 10:37

    Shame don't do that to him!! Does the government not have enough issues to deal with!! Treason!!! Why not send him to Robbin Island and he can be our next president too!!!

  • Supportive - 2009-11-18 10:37

    Its a good thing that we correct every misuse or wrongs. We cannot let things get out of hand and say we are focusing on crime. Crime is here and will stay for a very long time, we are dealing with it and so is everything else, we cannot afford to wear oogklap and focus on one thing at a time.
    National anthem distinguish SA from the rest of the world and say who we are to other nations, if you cannot identify yourself correctly, you send the wrong message and other countries will disrespect you since you cant even sign an anthem correctly something that does not cost anything - you will be the laughing stock on everything. It will say we do not care and we happen to be the bunch of panzis.
    Anthem is like your signature, if someone spells it wrong or pronounce it wrong you become very annoyed.
    Treason might be the harsh word, but, to defend the national anthem is a right thing to do.
    There are other things that we can focus on other than crime, things like development of new technology that will enhance living conditions of everyone in the countries and simultaneously combat crime and poverty. To fight crime solely will not put any food on the table but hybrids of projects will help put the food on the table.

  • MarkH - 2009-11-18 10:37

    Allegations of treason coming from the same people who spend our money on themselves when their own people are starving, unemployed and diseased is a bit rich, don't you think?
    Do this lot understand what treason means?

  • Mojo - 2009-11-18 10:38

    He was STONED !!!!

  • Masethe Tshepo - 2009-11-18 10:38

    It is treason. Period.

  • Jax - 2009-11-18 10:39

    He may have "butchered" the anthem, but I agree treason is one step too far. A recording is a cop out, I'm sure we have many talented singers in Sa who would jump at the chance and the next plane to sing at an event like this?!!!

  • Tes - 2009-11-18 10:41

    Does EVERYTHING always HAVE to be compared/related to APARTHEID, get over it, people!

  • Phumla Mali - 2009-11-18 10:43

    Treason is a bit over the top. Yeahh the dude sucked but the people who recommended him to go out there and sing the anthem without checking should be held responsible. My 4 year old son can sing better than the dude but please lets move on it happened now we need to get over it........

  • Nathan - 2009-11-18 10:44

    Im sure he can sing it fine, the french were playing the tune too fast for the way he sings it. Plus he couldn't hear himself properly as the equipment was bad. I dont think he is must have all the blame.

  • bokkie - 2009-11-18 10:44

    oh please?! just leave it now,rassie wont smoke pot again.

  • Julls - 2009-11-18 10:46

    Yeh I agree, let's leave the rasta alone now. We all get an embarassing moment once is a lifetime.

  • Molefe - 2009-11-18 10:47

    Don't you lot realize that the politicians are just playing this? They hear you lot carry on about it, and now they are being seen "to be doing something about your concerns". They are playing you! Come on people, since when do you believe ANYTHING a politician says? Oxymoron, Honest Politician, just the same as Military Inteligence

  • Maryna - 2009-11-18 10:48

    I also think the anthem was disgusting, but teason!!! Come on, the law is non existent, hospitals and schools are going down the drain etc. and you loosing it on this!!!!

  • JoeBurg Joe @ TNC - 2009-11-18 10:49

    Maybe YOU should move on, you mention the past 3 times and still talk about the Boeremag and manage to mention apartheid, what does any of that have to do with a rasta who cant sing?

    I'm glad everyone in SA feels the same way about the issue, including the ANC, even if their response is overboard

  • kolobe - 2009-11-18 10:49

    ras dumisani is a a comedian

  • ITpro - 2009-11-18 10:49

    What you gonna do to him? hang him?

  • KXK - 2009-11-18 10:50

    I find it disappointing that we complain about government spending time on the rasta man rather attending to crime if we all know and can see how seriously they are trying to handle it. I think we need to stop being big babies!! Anything that affects South African pride is worth a debate.......But yes treson is a bit stretched

  • gnplk - 2009-11-18 10:50

    DUe to incompetence S.A. is once again the laughing stock of the world. I wonder who Julius is going to blame this time?

  • Andrew P - 2009-11-18 10:52

    I think we, as South Africans are far too used to being embarassed weekly on the international stage that most will just let this one slide. It's not good enough and is a total insult to our country. Ras should have his passport confiscated. Let's be proud of our country for a change.