'Die Stem is associated with apartheid and Afrikaner nationalism' says du Preez

Author and Columnist Max du Preez wrote in his column that leader of the DA Mmusi Maimane is in a better position than any other South African politician to help get rid of the verses from Die Stem in the national anthem.

He says he hasn't sang Die Stem since 1994 because he believes it is associated with apartheid and Afrikaner nationalism.

If we the ordinary white people say can we move, can we stop reminding us about apartheid, can we hold hands and move together into the future, then why the hell do we insist of reminding people about apartheid by singing Die Stem in the national anthem.

Max du Preez, Columnist and Author

Du Preez suggests that the Zulu and the Sotho verses of the anthem, nkosi sikelel iafrika, be translated into English and Afrikaans. In this way Afrikaans would still be part of the national anthem.

He says the inclusion of Die Stem in the national anthem was a good move to show the white minority that you are part of South Africa, but it was a bad choice to use a symbol of apartheid.

The idea of an anthem is to show some togetherness and loyalty but if people sing half of it and don't sing the other parts (Die Stem) it defeats the purpose, says du Preez.

He says if the call to remove Die Stem comes from the DA supported by Freedom Front Plus, it will be seen as a grant gesture of goodwill and reconciliation.

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