Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

23 July 2014

South Africa: Sh*t the EFF Will Do - Junk Die Stem

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This is the first in an occasional series on what South Africa would look like should red overalls become official Parliamentary garb. Today: on silencing The Call.

EFF calls for Nkosi Sikelela iAfrika to remain as it was because it is adequate as the anthem of the people. It is an intellectual heritage of liberation and the battle for a more human continent in peace with itself. It prays not only for South Africa, but the African continent and its people, wherever they are in the world.

--Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF National Spokesperson

Every so often, Die Stem--currently functioning as the back half of South Africa's national anthem--explodes like a piece of Boer War-era ordnance in a KZN chicken coop. The most recent detonation occurred in July of this year at an Afrikaans cultural festival called Innibos; the man working the blast cap was South Africa's famous remaining proponent of hair peroxide, Steve Hofmeyr. Under a starry sky and between glowing digital banners advertising Standard Bank and Jacaranda Radio, The Hof employed his finest faux-Springsteen burble to sing white South Africa's ancient hymnal in front of 45,000 hand-waving superfans. He intoned the final lines of the first stanza...

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