Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Government top brass sing struggle song

07 April 2010
Pertunia Ratsatsi

Premier Nomvula Mokonyane

GAUTENG Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and a group of people yesterday defied a court order and chanted struggle song Dubul’ iBhunu (shoot the Boer) in Mamelodi, Pretoria.

Mokonyane, Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana and Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa sang the song at the 31st commemoration of the hanging of struggle hero Solomon Mahlangu.

This comes barely five days after Afriforum succeeded in obtaining an interdict in the Pretoria high court barring ANCYL president Julius Malema from singing the song.

The court last Thursday ruled that Malema could not sing the song until AfriForum’s hate speech application began in the Equality Court.

The ANC expressed its disappointment at Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann’s “lack of consideration” regarding the historical context of the song.

“People disrespect us because we shy away from our history, that is why they take us to court and that is why they vilify Julius. Our struggle songs and graves should form part of our heritage,” Mokonyane said.

She urged council to apply to have the Mamelodi cemetery turned into a heritage site.

“When we visit other countries they take us to see the graves of people who died during world wars but in South Africa we take them to Gold Reef City and the Union Buildings. We do not take them to where we have the bones of our young heroes.”

MK Military Veteran’s Association national chairperson Kebby Mphatsoe said they would not sit back and watch when “our songs are being marginalised”, adding that they would not accept the court ruling.

Mahlangu, an Umkhonto weSizwe freedom fighter, was accused of murder and terrorism in 1977 and executed by hanging at the Pretoria Central prison in 1979.

Source:The Sowetan

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