MALEMA : REMOVE DIE STEM, SINGS HIS OWN VERSION [WATCH]

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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Commander-in-chief Julius Malema said his party has no objection to the Afrikaans language being part of the South African national anthem. The party is pushing for the removal of elements of the apartheid-era anthem Die Stem from the current national anthem.

MALEMA SAYS EFF HAS NO PROBLEM WITH AFRIKAANS

Malema was speaking at a briefing about the EFF’s progress in coalition talks with other political parties on Tuesday, 16 November.

The removal of Die Stem from the national anthem was one of the conditions the EFF said was non-negotiable in its talks with the ANC.

The talks between the ruling party and the EFF have fallen flat. Malema said on Tuesday, that the ANC could not commit to removing the controversial segment of the song.

“We can get people to compose a new, nice, Afrikaans melody. Something like, ‘Baie mooi Suid-Afrika, baie mooi.’ Something like that, not Die Stem.

“We don’t have a problem with Afrikaans we have a problem with Die Stem. We can have a portion of Afrikaans, there’s no problem. Let’s sing in Afrikaans but let us not sing Die Stem,” said Malema.

The EFF leader said the ANC had a problem with removing the song “the song that was sung during the torture of our people.”

According to Malema, prisoners held at notorious Vlakplaas farm west of Pretoria, which was the headquarters of the apartheid police’s counterinsurgency unit, recounted how the regime’s security officers used to braai and drink alcohol outside the shacks they were held captive in.

“…and when they got drunk they sang Die Stem,” said Malema.  “You ask those people to relive that torture – and the ANC can’t commit to that. I am sorry, man. I can’t do that.”