“Whites not the enemy” in the democratic South Africa.
“Speaking at a wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the fourth president of the ANC, Josiah Tshangana Gumede, who led the party from 1924 to 1930, Zuma said the singing of such songs in a democratic dispensation was “tantamount to making peace with a so-called enemy while waving a weapon”.
This was after a struggle song, the lyrics of which, when loosely translated, are “We as the soldiers of Umkhonto we Sizwe are prepared to kill these Boers” was yesterday sung at Gumede’s graveside, at Mountain Rise Cemetery, in Pietermaritzburg, with new lyrics.
The new line is “We as the soldiers of Umkhonto we Sizwe are prepared to reconcile with these Boers”.”
Zuma said yesterday: “The debate on the songs with inflammatory lyrics is important. When we’re moulding our country we need to say we unite all South Africans, even those we fought against [during the struggle].
“There’s no need for certain people to feel unwelcome in their country. We need to include everyone in our country because the ANC will rule the country until those that are dead rise back to life.”
Freedom Front Plus spokesman Corné Mulder welcomed Zuma’s remarks. “I fully agree with President Zuma when he says the apartheid lyrics should be reviewed.”
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