There is a controversial South African song called “Dubul’ ibhunu” which translates to “shoot the Boer” or “kill the Boer” . The song is sung in Xhosa and Zulu and refers to the descendants of Dutch-speaking Free Burghers of the eastern Cape frontier in Southern Africa during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries . The song has been a subject of controversy and has been interpreted in different ways. Some see it as a liberation song that articulates an important part of South Africa’s history, while others see it as harmful and discriminatory .
In October 2020, EFF supporters in Senekal sang the song “Dubul’ ibhunu” . This led to a case being brought by AfriForum against the EFF supporters . The Equality Court in Johannesburg ruled that the singing of “Dubul’ ibhunu” by EFF supporters in Senekal was not hate speech . Judge Edwin Molahlehi, sitting as an Equality Court in the High Court in Johannesburg, ruled that the song does not constitute hate speech and deserves to be protected under the rubric of freedom of speech . However, he left the door open for the chant to be “offensive and undermining” in a different context .
There have been tweets circulating that the song “Dubul’ ibhunu” is genocidal. However, it is important to understand the context and history behind the song. Some see it as a liberation song that articulates an important part of South Africa’s history, while others see it as harmful and discriminatory.
As for the topics of wokeness and CRT, these are complex and nuanced issues that are currently being debated and discussed in America. There are many different perspectives and opinions on these issues, and it is important to approach them with an open mind and a willingness to listen to all sides of the conversation. There are articles available that discuss these topics in more detail for those who are interested in learning more.
While there have been instances where people have chanted “Dubul’ ibhunu,” it is important to understand the context and history behind the song. The Equality Court in Johannesburg has ruled that singing this song by EFF supporters in Senekal was not hate speech, but it could be considered offensive or undermining in a different context.
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