With the call of the EFF to do away with “The Call of South Africa” it is bargaining on a future filled with conflict

2014-07-08
Adv Anton Alberts

The FF Plus rejects with the contempt it deserves the call of the EFF to do away with “The Call of South Africa” as part of the national anthem and warned the EFF that it is creating an environment in which conflict could arise through this non-reconciliatory actions, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Communication says.

This follows after Mbuyesi Ndlozi, an EFF MP and the party’s national spokesperson, made the comment during a joint meeting of the portfolio committees for Communication and Tele-Communications and the Postal Service this morning in Parliament.

Adv. Alberts says it is reckless politicking by the EFF in the light of the country’s history where statesmen such as Nelson Mandela had done a lot to work toward reconciliation.

“They have to realise that they are playing with fire by targeting minorities and in particular the Afrikaners and that it is time for them to grow up and practice responsible politics to the advantage of all South Africans.

“The political style of conflict which is being practised by the EFF is actually not sustainable and does not make any contribution toward solutions for the country’s complex problems.

“A reasonable solution to this situation has already been set out in the Constitution with the two fundamental rights of freedom of speech and freedom of association.

“This means on a national level that there is room for a conciliatory national anthem which exists at present and at cultural events of different cultural groups in South Africa people may sing that which is dear to their hearts without harming anybody else.

“We tolerate freedom songs from their side and they have to accommodate our cultural songs,” Adv. Alberts says.

 

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