South Africa’s ANC, Whites Agree to Silence “Shoot the Boer”

Ed Cropley, Reuters, October 31, 2012

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) pledged on Wednesday to stop its supporters singing the “Shoot the Boer” anti-apartheid anthem to avoid upsetting white farmers and stirring racial tension.

The agreement between the ANC and white-minority interest group Afriforum ends a two-year legal battle over the song that had ignited a debate about freedom of speech, censorship of history and efforts to mend the racist rifts in South African society.

The liberation-era song calls on the oppressed black majority to gun down the boers, or white Afrikaner farmers who were among apartheid’s staunchest supporters.

A Johannesburg High Court ruled last year that it was “hate speech” after then-ANC youth leader Julius Malema—who has since been expelled from the party for ill-discipline—sang it at several public meetings.

An ANC appeal against that ruling was due to start in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The two sides instead agreed to sit down and reach a deal rather than ask the courts to decide on a topic as thorny as “banning” a song known to nearly every adult black South African.

“The ANC commits itself not to sing this song,” Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told a news conference, flanked by Afriforum lawyers and leaders of the Transvaal Agricultural Union, a white farmers’ group.

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  • IstvanIN

    Isn’t better to know what the opposition really thinks?

    • Liberalssuck

       Like getting rid of a song called “kill the boers” will change their thinking and actions towards the whites there.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    It is too late; young Boer Africaans families are leaving S.A.  The future of South Africa as a developed nation is already gone.

    • Liberalssuck

       Where are they moving to?

  • Bantu_Education

    “The ANC commits itself not to sing this song,” Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told a news conference.

    How can you tell when a black man is lying?   His lips move. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7RORAJVG7LJJZECDJIILHJBE7U So CAL Snowman

    Yeah and pretty soon they will agree to stop raping and killing whites.  April Fools!

  • Tom_in_Miami

    I can’t imagine why the whites don’t do whatever it takes to get out of S. Africa, rather than wait to be thrown out like the English in Zimbabwe.

    • Triarius

      Most White SAs tell me that they found uninhabited land and built SA from nothing. Their argument is that they have been there (almost) as long as whites have been in North America.

      My response is usually “and if the US was 70% black, I’d be gone”.

      • IstvanIN

         Yup, the Afrikaners are actually the indigenous people of the southern cape, if by indigenous we mean “there first”.  They should have negotiated a separate state before giving up apartheid, too late now.

      • mrfinoni

        parts are already 90% black….i would depend on how many were in my personal locale

    • mrfinoni

      they will lose their cash

  • laager

    Next month will be the litmus test. The ANC will be having their annual conference in Bloemfontein. Amongst other items on the agenda will be the election of the President of the party. Currently it is Jacob Zuma who is also President of the nation. If you recall in January this year when the ANC kicked off their centenary celebrations with a major shindig at the same venue it was him who lead the party faithful in a rendition of this their favourite ditty.If anyone believes Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe expect to see Haiti land the first person on Mars.

    • mrfinoni

      Haiti will land the first person on mars!!!!!  he will be on the diversity shuttle….. paid by the USA of course.   and all the while liberals will celebrate.

  • Sloppo

    I wonder if the major media would also be silent if the white people of a white majority country were systematically off the black people while the president of that white country sang “Kill the Bantus” with his white congressmen filling in as his backup singers while the white citizens danced to the music.  If such a place existed, it would probably be a good place for white South African refugees to go.

  • Guest

    That would  be nice if, in fact, they actually stopped shooting the Boers.