Zapiro’s turnaround on Kill the Boer, and the ANC’s feeble noises against Malema

April 7, 2010 in Sonder kategorie

Here’s the latest by Zapiro. Interesting, on the 1st of April he mocked Afriforum and the court for over-reacting about the singing of this very song, and now he draws this. |An apology of sorts? But okay, I’ll forgive Zapiro, seeing that he normally so bravely draws where angels fear to fly.

And literally only hours after the ANC slammed Helen Zille for criticising Zuma and the government’s silence on Malema, we now hear a half-hearted sort of “okay, we’ll talk to him, and he won’t be allowed to sing the whole song”.

Okay, which parts will he be allowed to sing? You decide. Here’s the translation. With acknowledgement to fellow-blogger Geannan.

Dibhula Ibhunu

Ayasab’ amagwala (the cowards are scared)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
ayeah
dubula dubula (shoot shoot )
ayasab ‘a magwala (the cowards are scared)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
awu yoh
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
awe mama iyeah (oh mother)
awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
awe mama iyo (oh mother)

aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

Ayasab’ amagwala (the cowards are scared)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot )
ayeah
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
ayasab ‘a magwala (the cowards are scared)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
iii yoh
dubula dubala (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
awe mama iyo (oh mother)
awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
awe mama iyo (oh mother)

aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

Ziyarapa lezinja (these dogs are raping)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
ay iyeah
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
Ziyarapa lezinja (these dogs are raping)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
ay iiiyo
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
dubula dubula (shoot shoot)

Ayasab’ amagwala (the cowards are scared)
Dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
Ay iyeah
Dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
Ayasab’ amagwala (the cowards are scared)
Dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
Ay iyeah

Will he only be allowed to sing shoot shoot, or perhaps the cowards are scared? Ironic, once again, referring to scared cowards. I suppose HEROES kill people in their sleep – and NO, I’m NOT referring to ET only. Read today’s news, and you’ll see that a 18-year old Matric pupil Ernst Hoon was shot IN HIS BED for his laptop. Also see Geanann’s listing of horrific murders on old people and farmers at http://letterdash.com/g.annandale/malema-stikes-major-target

From what I can see the only thing in this song that is NOT hatespeech, is mother leave me be.

But where does the song come from? Here is a brief history of the song, with acknowledgements to Kevin Bloom and www.thedailymaverick.co.za (29 March 2010).

A judge has ruled that the phrase “shoot the boer” amounts to hate speech, and so it’s now illegal to chant the song. The ANC, who complained that the judge didn’t approach them for historical context, may take the case on appeal. Of course, there’s a context to the song that the ANC’s not admitting.

On a Saturday morning in winter 2002, scores of luxury sedans descended onto what was then known as the University of the North in Mankweng, outside Polokwane. In the cars were struggle veterans, government ministers and many of the icons of the ANC – amongst them former president Nelson Mandela, president Thabo Mbeki, deputy president Jacob Zuma, and “mother of the nation” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Formal proceedings had begun at 7am at the nearby home of the deceased, and emotions had been building for hours. When Limpopo premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi announced that the coffin of Peter Mokaba had arrived in the university’s stadium, the crowd spontaneously erupted into a chant of “Kill the boer, kill the farmer”.

It was a refrain that Mokaba had first uttered at a Chris Hani memorial rally in Cape Town in 1993, during the explosive months when it seemed possible that South Africa would descend into all-out race war. On that day Mokaba, the then president of the ANC Youth League, galvanised his organisation’s deep anger at Hani’s murder by rightwing whites into something concrete: a song that perfectly (and terrifyingly) expressed the anger.

Race war was averted, thanks in large part to the efforts of Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, but nine years later, around the time of Mokaba’s funeral, there was still a community in South Africa who believed they were being targeted and killed because of the colour of their skin. These were the boers themselves, the white farmers, and they had the numbers to back themselves up.

A Dutch journalist by the name of Adriana Stuijt, a former anti-apartheid activist, was quoted saying the following after the funeral of Mokaba: “”Why has the South African farmer become the world’s most endangered species? Why are South Africa’s few remaining commercial farmers now most at risk of being murdered in the whole world? They are being murdered at 264 per 100,000 population group. It is the highest in the world! A Nedbank probe recently described these farm attacks as ‘deliberately targeting specific homesteads to kill the Afrikaner victims.'”

Stuijt also pointed out that if these “vicious” farm murders had occurred in Zimbabwe, they would be global news. She felt that post-apartheid South Africa was somehow immune to the truth of what was going on in the platteland.

A further eight years later and, for reasons nobody can quite explain, another leader of the ANC Youth League rolled out the “kill the boer” slogan, although this time in a slightly different form. In protest, Afrikaner lobby group Afriforum took a petition to the ANC’s head offices in Johannesburg – along with the petition, they handed over a list of 1,600 recent victims of farm attacks in South Africa. The Youth League’s response was to throw the list into the gutter and trample on it.

Finally, on Friday March 26th 2010, the question of the legality of the phrase was brought before a South African court. According to Acting Judge Leon Halgryn of the South Gauteng High Court, it is now unconstitutional to utter or sing the phrase “dubul’ibhunu” (“shoot the boer”) in the country. Halrgyn ruled that the phrase amounts to hate speech, and is therefore not protected by section 16 of the constitution, which safeguards freedom of speech.

The ANC, reportedly, are going to take the matter on appeal. They have expressed surprise at the court’s failure to approach them for insight on the history of the struggle song, Ayesaba Amagwala (the cowards are scared).
The lyrics of the song include the words, “aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the boer) amagwala (the cowards) dubula dubula (shoot shoot)”.

Two weeks ago, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe explained the organisation’s position. It was a few days after ANC Youth League president Julius Malema had sung the above lyrics at a University of Johannesburg rally (he had apparently also sung them at his recent birthday celebrations in Polokwane) and the ruling party, in Malema’s defence, maintained that the song needed to be understood in the context of the struggle against apartheid.

“When we talk (about) amabhunu, we were not talking (about) whites, we were talking about the system (of apartheid),” Mantashe said. “It represented the system. (The song) is not a new invention.”

“The biggest problem I have is when journalists interpret (dubul’ ibhunu) as ‘Kill the boer, kill the farmer’, which is a vulgarised interpretation of the song. And in my view that journalist who vulgarised the interpretation is inciting conflict.”

Of course Mantashe made no reference to Mokaba, and Afriforum Youth chairperson Ernst Roets remained unconvinced. “There is no way in which you can dismiss the song as something that simply has to be viewed in a political context and that doesn’t have any real consequences,” he said.

If the ANC do indeed take the case on appeal, they’ll be arguing the opposite. They will have to show the judges in the Supreme Court of Appeal, and perhaps eventually the Constitutional Court, that a song calling for the killing of members of a specific community is different to a song calling for the shooting of those selfsame people. They will have to show, effectively, that when Mokaba sang “kill the boer” in 1993 and Malema sang “dubulu’ibhunu” in 2010, they intended something completely different.

By Kevin Bloom

3 antwoorde op Zapiro’s turnaround on Kill the Boer, and the ANC’s feeble noises against Malema

  1. pawsaw het gesê op April 7, 2010

    Thanks for this information. It is particularly pertinent given the ages of the two accused. At this age young men are testing their strength and still hero worshipping anyone whose name appears in the news or on TV, particularly if they come from PDA homes whre father figures are frequently lacking. If, added to this hero worship and sense of being misunderstood an employer then refuses them something they are legitimately entitled to it is quite possible that they will interpret the song literally and use it to prove that they are not children but real men. The point is that they may not have been sent by Malema literally however Malema as their hero lead them to take the action which they did with the weapons at hand. Zuma also contributed to this state of affairs by defending Malema and challenging the law courts on the validity of the ruling. I sincerely hope that he and Gwede Mantashe now realise that they are dealing with unknown factors here and that any song or speech which leads another group of people in this country to feel threatened is potentially explosive and to stamp on it in no uncertain terms as soon as they are made aware of its effects. I am pleased to hear that they have both today forbidden Malema to utter or sing these words again in the forseeable future but I would also like them to retract their challenge to take the ruling to Court as this will cool tempers down considerably.

  2. You are right that we need the tempers to be cooled.
    I personally think they just made the statement to try and keep Afriforum from going to court.
    They should go to court, while we still have a working court system. Even with that they are messing far too much for my liking.

  3. Thanks for the post – most interesting.

    As its explained by Malema, that great student of history, I understood that the ‘song’ predates Mokaba by many years. It was a struggle song.

    I don’t believe that it should be banned, but then neither do I believe it should be sung. Stupid people might not understand!

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