EFF will never sing ‘Die Stem’ - Malema

EFF MPs sat down when the Afrikaans verses of the anthem were sung during Sona last week.

EFF leader Julius Malema in Parliament during a debate on the president's 2016 State of the Nation Address.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party will never sing 'Die Stem' after they were accused of showing contempt for the national anthem.

During the president's State of the Nation Address last Thursday, EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) sat down when the Afrikaans verses of the anthem were sung.

Deputy Justice and Correctional Services Minister Thabang Makwetla raised the issue during a debate in Parliament yesterday.

Makwetla rose on a point of order ahead of the debate yesterday and complained about the EFF showing contempt for the national anthem.

"My recommendation is that this matter be referred to the structures in both houses of Parliament where the members belong, for the matter to be addressed."

But Malema was not fazed.

"No ruling can force us to sing a song from the apartheid murderers."

The EFF has long been lobbying for the removal of 'Die Stem' from the country's national anthem.

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