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'Apologise' for Die Stem

2012-06-06 09:03

Cape Town - The manager of the London Cup hockey tournament must apologise for playing apartheid anthem "Die Stem" before South Africa's clash with Great Britain, SA Hockey Association chief executive Marissa Langeni said on Wednesday.

Langeni, who was not at the game, was furious with the blunder.

She said the full version of the apartheid-era anthem, "Die Stem", had been played before the game.

"I recorded the match, and I listened to the anthem," Langeni said on Wednesday.

"As far as I'm concerned, that was the full version of "Die Stem", from start to finish.

"I was so shocked I could not even watch the rest (of the game)."

However, while team manager Les Galloway agreed the anthem was not "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika", she said the team had initially decided not to take action as she was not sure if the entire version of the old anthem had been played.

"It was not the full 'Die Stem', but it was not the correct anthem either, it was like a mix. It was bizarre," Galloway said.

"We made them aware of it and they have promised to rectify it."

Langeni said, regardless of what version had been played, it was not the correct rendition, and they had demanded an apology.

"Normally anthems are pre-loaded by the host organisers," Langeni said.

"They know which way to fly the flag and which anthem should be played, and the International Hockey Federation actually has a library with all the anthems, which have been approved.

"If the organisers are not sure, they will ask the visiting federation to bring their own recording, so there's no excuse."

Langeni sent an e-mail to competition manager Steve Catton, attaching the correct version of the anthem.

"We would like to formally place on record in the strongest terms our disappointment as a country for the administrative blunder in playing the old, divisive anthem of an apartheid South Africa," Langeni wrote.

"As a country we watched with disbelief as our team stood through what clearly was a most embarrassing and uncomfortable experience."

She said the incident had "robbed our team of what should have been a moment of pride" and Saha wanted assurance it would not happen again.

South Africa, ranked 12th in the world, were seemingly undeterred and stunned Great Britain, rated fourth, with a 3-1 victory in their opening match of the London Cup.

They were set to face Germany, ranked third in the world, in their next game on Wednesday night.

Sport24

Comments
  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-06-06 09:10

    It looks lyk it was done deliberately but why? So there are still people in the national team who cant sing the national anthem, what a disgrace really, it doesnt matter what colour u r, it doesnt make sense

      david.baker.sa - 2012-06-06 09:22

      Just curious, what info do you have to support your assertion it was done deliberately? A few years ago some country hung our flag upside down (think it was at a rugby match) Accidents happen, they will say sorry, we accept apology. Case over

      rita.dutoit1 - 2012-06-06 09:30

      did you also think it was a dsigrace when that rasta made a mockery of Nkosi last year during a rugby match?

      Grant - 2012-06-06 09:31

      Shut up, fool! How would you know who can and cant sing the national anthem!!?

      Loo - 2012-06-06 09:40

      Erm rikhoula.joy .. STEVE CATTON is a Eurpoean and has nothing to do with RSA. He obviously found an anthem in the archives and played that without thinking. WHY blame the players or RSA management ??? Moron

      Clive - 2012-06-06 10:07

      What a load of garbage, you joy-less creature. The organisers made an unforgiveable mistake and must apologise - that's all there is to it. Nothing to do with colour, or not knowing the words, or any other underhand motive.

      rankati - 2012-06-06 10:10

      Mmmmm...Les Galloway,the team manager,says it is no big deal.you might have a point by saying some can't sing the national anthem.

      farmfreund - 2012-06-06 10:11

      rikhoula.joy - No kill the boer kill the farmer is racist, Die Stem has no racist eliments in it, and should be respected by other race groops as part of the Afrikaner history, your mindset will kill you one day they played the wrong song now SA "mindset" is making us fools again

      Shona - 2012-06-06 10:23

      What do u mean "So there are still people in the national team who cant sing the national anthem, what a disgrace really, it doesnt matter what colour u r, it doesnt make sense" ? People in this day and age only learn the new Anthem. The SA Hockey CEO said “The anthem played caused our team much discomfort as they stood not knowing what to do with themselves." That must surely mean they didn't know that old Anthem! The players in the team would've only been toddlers when the Anthem changed so no1 would deliberately play it.

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-06-06 11:07

      @RIKHOULA.JOY. Your comment is SILLY. How do yo support your statement by saying they were deliberate. You could have posed the question, why do they still have the track of "DIE STEM". By the way guys this was not an ACCIDENT is was a MISTAKE. Apology accepted!!!

      Nico - 2012-06-06 11:39

      Well at least it look like "Die Stem" inspired them so much to an "UPSET WIN" over Great Britain. Maybe they must replace Nkosi Sikelele again with Die Stem when Bafana Bafana play and then they will also start winning again!!!

      Warren - 2012-06-06 12:11

      Typical, SA politicians never miss an opportunity to get all worked up over something no matter how trivial and sweep the serious stuff they're responsible for under the carpet

      Jou - 2012-06-06 12:18

      Apologise for what? It's too funny to read the immature comments. Grow up and instead of pretending to be upset by a song that is still sung, rather funnel that whining towards a more pressing issue which is crime and unemployment.

      raath - 2012-06-06 14:26

      Removing all past (perceived) connotations and lyrics, and strictly musically speaking, I think 'Die Stem' is far easier on the ear and more intricate than 'Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika'. The latter sounds, with all due respect to the composer(s), like a primary school recorder recital. That is speaking about the pure musical aspect of it.

      sara.rogers.54772 - 2012-06-07 04:08

      this coming from someone who cant spell the word "like"....lol

      Carol - 2012-06-07 14:49

      Just shut your face. Have you ever seen the Bafana Bafana Team singing the National Anthem - never and the reason is they don't know the words and worse still they can't play football.

  • musamuskid - 2012-06-06 09:15

    this is not new...

  • musamuskid - 2012-06-06 09:16

    on the other hand... who must apologise?

      zaakiro - 2012-06-06 10:06

      The organizers of course

      Clive - 2012-06-06 10:08

      The organisers, of course.

      Jou - 2012-06-06 12:23

      Apologies won't do anything. The childish cretin making an issue out of it needs to be disciplined for taking time out of what is most certainly a busy schedule to mope and whine about something that has passed without harm to life or limb.

  • Ted - 2012-06-06 09:20

    As bad as it is that this happened, I think it was a British ploy to mentally distabilse the team. It didn't work for them though.

  • Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 09:20

    Well, it certainly made them play better than they usually do after listening to our current anthem...

      JaredVN - 2012-06-06 09:26

      Kosie sukkel nie vreeslik op die hokkieveld nie, ha-ha!

      Chez - 2012-06-06 09:29

      @Vaal Donkie. What do you mean "than they usually do"? They have been playing brilliant hockey. All the teams above us in the rankings have had full sponsorship for years and we get by with so much less. Where is your pride?

      Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 09:30

      I am not a lion that I should have a pride.

      Diana - 2012-06-06 10:03

      Ha-ha-ha donkie LMBO!!!!!! You should have added "am not a lion with a spear":)

      Chez - 2012-06-06 10:08

      @VaalDonkie. Yes and perhaps your name should rather be Foul Donkie. I never said you should have "a" pride or do you not understand basic english?

      Clive - 2012-06-06 10:09

      Very appropriate nickname, Donkey.

      Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 11:30

      The proper English would be "Don't you have any pride?".

      Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 11:36

      Also, I was being facetious (look it up).

      Chez - 2012-06-06 12:32

      @FoulDonkie. Wow, such a big word for you to use! I assume you had to look it up first? You really are a wan*er with no real life.

      Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 12:37

      Yes, that's it.

      Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 12:39

      That was condescension, by the way.

      boltonbarry - 2012-06-06 13:35

      I never knew donkeys have prides...I learn something new every day :-))

  • Loo - 2012-06-06 09:21

    Just shows you when last Great Britain took notice of whats hapenning in RSA :) """ OHHH, so you have a new govt. and anthem"" :)

  • marcus.daily3 - 2012-06-06 09:24

    It's cool, these things happen, could've been worse, a duet consisting of Ard Mathews and Ras Dumisani.

      Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 09:32

      My point exactly!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-06 13:52

      Can you imagine that :-) Anyway they better sort these problems out before the Olympics start...

  • tannie.marie - 2012-06-06 09:25

    APARTHEIDS anthem???? WTF??? READ THE LYRICS! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Stem_van_Suid-Afrika

      JaredVN - 2012-06-06 09:29

      As Die Stem dan 'n apartheidslied is, is die vertraagde, treurige tweeslagriel Kosie Sukkel Vreeslik in Afrika dan seker die kenwysie van die agtergeblewenes en gestremdes.

      Chez - 2012-06-06 09:31

      @tannie. Yes thats right - apartheids anthem. why the capital letters and question marks? you have noticed a new anthem in S.A haven't you? One that the MAJORITY can be proud of?

      JaredVN - 2012-06-06 09:32

      @Chez - did you notice that Die Stem is PART of the current anthem, you complete and utter moron?

      tannie.marie - 2012-06-06 09:43

      n May 1918, C.J. Langenhoven wrote an Afrikaans poem called Die Stem, for which music was composed by the Reverend Marthinus Lourens de Villiers in 1921. partheid was a system of racial segregation enforced through legislation by the National Party governments, who were the ruling party from 1948 to 1994, of South Africa, Funny that Die Stem was written and used as anthem long before Apartheid. It has NOTHING to do with Apartheid. Why do you always have to reflect back on Apartheid? Move on. If you let go of the past, you can build a better future.

      carol.witz.9 - 2012-06-06 09:50

      It has nothing to do with the lyrics - but what the anthem represents and when it was the anthem - I even Germany's anthem and lyrics during World War II could have been wonderful - but doesn't mean that Germany was wonderful during Hitler's reign??????

      tannie.marie - 2012-06-06 09:59

      Why then even bother mentioning Apartheid? Why not just say "anthem of SA before Democracy" - much more positive outcome than always dragging Apartheid into every bl00dy thing!

      Chez - 2012-06-06 10:12

      @JaredVN. "Complete and utter moron"? Wow but you have some serious anger issues! You may have noticed - MORON - that there is more to the anthem than the old lirics and some of them have been changed slightly. Or are you too busy being a pr*ck to notice?

      Jou - 2012-06-06 12:25

      Chez is definitely part of the majority..the majority that can't think for themselves.

      Chez - 2012-06-06 12:35

      @Jou Ma (Perfect name by the way - Couldn't have said it better myself). I am part of the majority because I don't like the old anthem? Because I don't like the fact that it makes people unhappy? Wow, what a bad WHITE person I am! How dare I have sympathy for a nation that suffered, how dare I not stand together with all you hate-filled white racists on this comment line.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-06-06 09:26

    what this means is that who ever played the anthem listens to it all the time, i mean its been 18 years since the government that committed crimes against humanity lost power but there are still people who embrace the devils - botha and cronies

      Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 09:27

      Haibo! Eish! Sho't left!

      Jean - 2012-06-06 09:30

      Didn't realize that only your kind were aloud to have a history... Die Stem is apart of Afrikaans and has a lot more meaning than our current anthem.

      Loo - 2012-06-06 09:51

      As I said earlier . .the man that made the mistake has got nothing to do with South-Africa, he is a European !!!. He doesn't even understand Afrikaans and Louis Botha BTW is definately NOT someone the Poms like, for OOOBBBVIOUS reasons. But let me explain softly so that nobody see your embarrassment "" Louis Botha" KILLED British soldiers in the war by the HEAPS !!!!!!! " See this is the problem in South Africa, People lik eyou THAT jump to illogical conclusions .. AI. LOL

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-06 10:03

      Die Stem has got originally nothing to do with "botha and cronies" As they miss-used Afrikaans to build "unity" and try to make it their "own", so they try to do with Die Stem. Yes, they got it right, but it belongs to the people of SA and the people must take it back and wipe those people's finger prints off it. Our new one is a nice balanced one that includes all and maybe those people responsible is not so clued up with SA and should start reading up/Google. Maybe we are not so important as we thought we were and therefore the lack of general interest. On the hind side. I think the confusion, they caused, rather worked against them as for them. I like it!!! Maybe the foreign host countries must always p#ss us off. Must say, if we lost, I would have be the 1st one blaming the confusion for it.(typical patriot South African ;) )

      Clive - 2012-06-06 10:11

      Which Botha? And they actually gave up power if you think about it.

  • Jean - 2012-06-06 09:26

    Why make a big deal out of it BUT then again must one ask for apology, can't the host just do it out of their own, it would show a bit of class and respect, I mean I doubt that other countries (like UK or US) would be so acceptable if their anthems were messed up.

  • Johann - 2012-06-06 09:28

    Hey it worked ,lets try it with the boks...it might help them too for the next world cup....or was it just a marketing tratagy for the blacks to feel sorry for themselfs again......ANC what are you up too??????Tired of corruption now this.....

      Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 09:32

      The Boks were awesome in the world cup; Bryce Lawrence was not.

      Bob - 2012-06-06 10:33

      Vaal Donkie, hardly awesome, boring and not capable of changing their game plan yes, awesome? you must be easily pleased.

      Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 11:32

      They won their games. They would have beaten Australia in a fair match and they were looking to win the cup AGAIN. That's good enough for me. My game plan also stays the same: get in front early and build a good lead. It's remarkably effective.

  • Jane - 2012-06-06 09:31

    Geez, really people, get over it. So sick of everyone jumping up and down about anything that can be considered remotely racist! And how the hell are the lyrics to Die Stem racist? So much for reform in this country, we going blady backwards instead of forwards!

      rikhoula.joy - 2012-06-06 09:34

      Taking things for granted is not a solution, so r u sugesting that its ok to be seperated, blakcs sing Nkosi, and whites sing Die stem? Nah man that is takingus backwards

      Vaaldonkie - 2012-06-06 09:34

      Anything superior is deemed racist.

      Chez - 2012-06-06 10:16

      @Jane. They are racist because of a time they represent, much like the old flag. And no, I am not picking a fight as i see the people today are full of fighting spirit yet again. Its just that to hear the old anthem brings back memories of a bad time for millions of people, like the flag does. hense all the comments and angry words here this morning!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-06 10:27

      @Chez. Maybe they only had two cds, The "Rasta" version and this one. They than decided not to let the "Rasta" one "rise" again. lol. Relax guys. It was a mistake made by an uninformed/ignorant one and with the result so nicely favoring us, they will not do it again. Even if we pay them.lol.

  • Dylan Mugabe - 2012-06-06 09:34

    This country is sliding back into the dark ages. One silly incident at a time.

      Clive - 2012-06-06 10:14

      "This country" had nothing to do with this British cock-up.

  • Triumphant - 2012-06-06 09:35

    Wow, that sounds extremely "Khmer Rouge"! "“We are extremely disappointed that an administrative blunder has been the source of much embarrassment for our team and all South Africans,” said SA Hockey Association CEO Marissa Langeni on Wednesday morning." David Baker: reasonable response, we all make mistakes!

  • Diana - 2012-06-06 09:38

    Nothing is wrong with Die Stem. At least no call to go and kill someone in it. As for brits SA team should have answered them with De La Rey.

      Naresh Maharaj - 2012-06-06 09:44

      Sorry but that old anthem reminds one of oppression and must be banned, immediately if not sooner.........whoever made this terrible blunder must be fired now

      Diana - 2012-06-06 09:49

      Naresh Russia has its national anthem as a combination of the old soviet music and new up to date lyrics. No one complains.

      Chez - 2012-06-06 10:18

      @Diana. Hee Hee, thats funny, thanks for the giggle in amongst all this nastiness!

      Clive - 2012-06-06 12:35

      Does Nkosi Sikeleli call for anyone to be killed? And, Naresh, if you ban Die Stem, you must surely ban Kill the Boer and Bring me my Machine Gun, mustn't you?

      Diana - 2012-06-06 12:46

      @Clive: Just proves both anthems are absolutely equal and there's no point of making such a big fuss over nothing.

      david.baker.sa - 2012-06-06 14:48

      @CliveK - And now apology made. Less than 24 hours after the incident

  • badballie - 2012-06-06 09:44

    One would think that the ANC government would be the reason for the teams discomfort and embarrassment

  • Silindile - 2012-06-06 09:48

    ''This incident has robbed our team of what should have been a moment of pride'' this is true, and therefore they should apologise. This isn't about race or apartheid. And Langeni didn't mention either of those, you lot did and Sports24

      david.baker.sa - 2012-06-06 09:57

      And they probably will apologise. They just don't have to so it according to your time table. A simple note (or a verbal apology) addressed to the team apologising for the blunder (and most important stopping a re-occrence) is all that's needed I dont understand the level of emotion associated with a simple mistake.

      Clive - 2012-06-06 10:18

      David, speaking as a whitey who has no time for the current government, I regard this as more than a simple mistake, and an IMMEDIATE apology is called for. Perhaps if you weren't white you might understand a little of the emotion felt by black people.

      david.baker.sa - 2012-06-06 11:33

      @CliveK - Now you are overrreacting and misquoting me. Let's get the facts straight * It happened yesterday afternoon./evening. Its less than 24 hours later * SA have complained. OK that's good. * Before they sorry they need to get the bottom of it. They need to investigate what went wrong and where they sourced the wrong version. Maybe it was in their archives. Maybe they were sent the wrong version by SA or the hockey authorities in which case it would not be their fault and there would be know need to apologise. Its less than 24 hours. I understand why people may get emotional but the presence of emotion does not mean one should throw reason & good process out the window. Let them investigate. It's sensible. BTW - The emotion I refer to is on both sides. ome posters have defended the Stem. You will notice I didn't I am quite sure that if the organisers find they messed up themselves they will apologise.

      Clive - 2012-06-06 12:30

      Thanks for your response, David. As far as I know the host body normally checks such things with the local SA Embassy/High Commission. One assumes they didn't, so the error is clearly on their side. Hopefully we'll all accept their eventual apology and get over it - as we did with the Ras shambles. For those who gave my comment the thumbs down: I assume you are all as white as I am.

  • Barefoot - 2012-06-06 09:49

    the Poles were up in arms when Obama called Nazi concentration camps that were in Poland Polish concentration camps, a tiny mistake i must say- now when S.A demands an apology we are going back to the old ages? come on people let common sense prevail- as much as Die Stem is in the new anthem the organizers need to apologise for this mistake just googling S.A national anthem would have set matters straight for the organizers

      Anne-Marie - 2012-06-06 10:37

      This is not the same as the Obama comment by a long way.

  • grabe1 - 2012-06-06 09:52

    Maybe we should try the same at the next Bafana Bafana game....

      James - 2012-06-06 09:59

      Good idea

      Freddy - 2012-06-06 11:16

      Absolutly brilliant idea !!!!!!! outstanding

  • jookco - 2012-06-06 09:53

    ATM bombings continue unabated in South Africa www.africagist.com

  • Tumelo More - 2012-06-06 09:55

    I hear 'die stem' was remixed to 'the System'.lol

  • James - 2012-06-06 09:55

    That's probably why they won. Nostalgic inspiration?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-06 10:32

      Nope. I think it rather p#ss them off. See the results!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-06 09:59

    In a previous report Galloway was quoted as saying ""We didn't think it was a serious problem," she said. Is this apology another "spear" over reaction? A storm in a teacup? A mistake was made and acknowledged.

  • Dakey - 2012-06-06 09:59

    Please get your facts straight. Die Stem is not an 'Apartheid Anthem'. Is it s a poem written in 1918, converted into a hymn in 1921. It happen to be used as the anthem of the Republic of South Africa from 1957 having been used widely since the 1920's by the SABC. It is insulting because they played the WRONG song in much the same was it would be insulting to play 'I can see clearly now' when you're meant to play 'God save the queen'. Goodness guys, do you really think the ANC would rename every street that rhymes with 'Verwoerd', but leave an 'apartheid song' in our national anthem?

  • elrik.deale - 2012-06-06 10:00

    If Die Stem is raccist and part of Appartheid , what is Julius song ''Kill the Boer'' then ?????????

      Flemjob - 2012-06-06 10:05

      It's also racist, what's your point?

      Barefoot - 2012-06-06 10:10

      it is Racist- was even deemed unconstitutional, banned even

      neil.kroese - 2012-06-06 10:26

      If the Stem is racist and part of apartheid, why is still part of the national anthem?

      Freddy - 2012-06-06 11:17

      i love it anyway uit die blou ..........................

      mapudieric.morakiwamachacha - 2012-06-06 11:26

      there is no song wth de words 'kill the boer' but 'shoot the boer'. Since whn hv de words 'kill' nd 'shoot' synonyms?

      Chez - 2012-06-06 11:32

      @mapudieric. Oh ok so "shoot" the boer is ok then? What exactly is your point? How would you like to hear some of the old army songs from the 70's and 80's? Those old "traditional" songs about getting rid of the "Swart Gevaar". I didn't agree with them then and I don't agree with Shoot the boer either!

  • marietjie.davel - 2012-06-06 10:03

    I won't sing a heathen song. sorry. nkosi sikele is for the heathens, not for the christians. MY GOD FORBID IT!!!! Uit die blou van onse hemel, uit die diepte van ons see, Oor ons ewige gebergtes waar die kranse antwoord gee. Deur ons ver-verlate vlaktes met die kreun van ossewa - Ruis die stem van ons geliefde, van ons land Suid-Afrika. Ons sal antwoord op jou roepstem, ons sal offer wat jy vra: Ons sal lewe, ons sal sterwe - ons vir jou, Suid-Afrika In die merg van ons gebeente, in ons hart en siel en gees, In ons roem op ons verlede, in ons hoop of wat sal wees, In ons wil en werk en wandel, van ons wieg tot aan ons graf - Deel geen ander land ons liefde, trek geen ander trou ons af. Vaderland! ons sal die adel van jou naam met ere dra: Waar en trou as Afrikaners - kinders van Suid-Afrika. In die songloed van ons somer, in ons winternag se kou, In die lente van ons liefde, in die lanfer van ons rou, By die klink van huweliksklokkies, by die kluitklap op die kis - Streel jou stem ons nooit verniet nie, weet jy waar jou kinders is. Op jou roep sê ons nooit nee nie, sê ons altyd, altyd ja: Om te lewe, om te sterwe - ja, ons kom Suid-Afrika. Op U Almag vas vertrouend het ons vadere gebou: Skenk ook ons die krag, o Here! om te handhaaf en te hou - Dat die erwe van ons vad're vir ons kinders erwe bly: Knegte van die Allerhoogste, teen die hele wêreld vry. Soos ons vadere vertrou het, leer ook ons vertrou, o Heer - Met ons land en met ons nasie sal dit wel wees, God regeer.

      carol.witz.9 - 2012-06-06 10:22

      Not too sure which God you believe in??? Weird - and I suppose you call yourself a good religious person - totally even weirder????

      Chez - 2012-06-06 10:23

      @theTruth.etc.etc. Why is "God bless Africa" a heathen song? It was written by a Christain minister? What makes it heathen? the fact that he was a black man of God? Who made the black people? Is your racism an instruction from your God?

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-06 10:39

      Aha. You prevail the whole original poem, but the use of it was a different story. Just check up with my God. He said you can sing what you want. As long it is not offensive to Him or anyone and you not doing it while you drunk. The Bible is like a flower. The bee takes the nectar to make the sweetest honey. The spider takes the same nectar to make his poison. ....and you are...?

      Chez - 2012-06-06 11:12

      @DuToitCoetzee Oh I do so like that! I'm not even religious but your comment can apply to so many works of "belief". Well done; I will remember this and quote you in future:)

      Freddy - 2012-06-06 11:19

      awsome vat so julle evel thokoloshe ansestor anbidders hahahahaha

      marietjie.davel - 2012-06-06 15:37

      if you don't know who is the true GOD, PLEASE keep your utter shut and stop confusing the people. I know who is MY GOD, HE IS A LIVING ONE, AND HE DON'T LIKE PEOPLE PRAYING FOR ANCESTORS SPIRITS(demons). IF THIS NKOSI SIKELELE WAS FOR THE TRUE GOD, JESUS's NAME WOULD've BEEN MENTIONED. SO PLEASE STOP YOUR CONFUSING USELESS FOOLISH QUARREL. Even the BLACKS has a god, but it is DEFINATELY NOT MY GOD.

  • Andre - 2012-06-06 10:04

    I have it on reliable authority that it was a ploy to work up the players in a frenzy to wake them up in order to play an attacking game. It worked! Stop complaining!

  • Clive - 2012-06-06 10:04

    Unforgiveable - an apology is definitely required.

  • calliedj - 2012-06-06 10:07

    Dear NEWS24 Please continue with reporting items such as these and paintings of genitals as the most important news of the day. This is what we want to know about, not boring stuff like crime, violence, human rights violations and economics. We will go to real news websites for that in the future.

      Shona - 2012-06-06 10:15

      This is Sport24.co.za page so they mention anything about sport. If I want to know other news then I'll go to News24.co.za - u just need to make sure u on the correct page to get the info u are wanting to know

      Anne-Marie - 2012-06-06 10:26

      Actually shona, this story is featured on the news 24 homepage. Calliedj I agree with your comment. Ridiculous prioritising!!!

      Shona - 2012-06-06 11:29

      Yes THIS article is on the news24 homepage cos it is still news about a botch up of our national anthem that a lot of the world saw if they were watching Sky News. U will also find out other news regarding crime etc. I click on sport on the homepage and it takes me to all the sport24 articles cos I'm not interested in the other stuff. I'm just saying click on whatever is your preference, I'm not chirping anyone.

      Anne-Marie - 2012-06-06 11:53

      Do you really think that I or the rest of the world cares about a song?? What calliedj points out is that SA has approx 52 murders per day, yet this story makes headlines. Most of the world probably didn't notice the mistake until people started harping on about it. It is only an embarrassment because of the huge fuss that is being made.

      Shona - 2012-06-06 12:15

      Exactly...52 murders per day...your story headlines would all be the same, every day. Something new and different happens so they make it a headline.

      calliedj - 2012-06-06 15:19

      At the time of my comment, this was the top story on News24, i.e. they regarded it as the most important news item at that time, and it is this that I am protesting against.

  • Thabo - 2012-06-06 10:09

    Let's just say the anthem started with the third verse.

      Freddy - 2012-06-06 11:20

      hahahahaha ja

  • carol.witz.9 - 2012-06-06 10:10

    @tannie marie - you say that when Die Stem was written and played there was no apartheid - not too sure if you actually know your South African history - or otherwise only one side of history - but be that as it may.

      thomas.williams.71653 - 2012-06-06 16:48

      99% of all white people in SA are stupid. Please forgive the old bitch

  • david.j.payle - 2012-06-06 10:18

    wow.. i dont know what's worse: the actual mess up of the organisers or these 'just a mistake - get over it' comments.. i always feel proud when i sing or hear my national anthem and i can only imagine the honour one must feel singing or hearing your anthem before you you represent your country in anything.. And for that to be taken away from you while also considering our country's past im sorry that's unacceptable. something must be done about this incident!!

      Anne-Marie - 2012-06-06 10:23

      Like what?? Prison, death penalty?? For goodness sakes, it was a mistake. It is a shame that people don't have as much passion regarding the more serious issues in SA. This is\r\nMinor in comparison to what is really going on on a day to day basis.

      david.j.payle - 2012-06-06 11:01

      i dont care what happens as long as something happens woman.. prison, death penalty.. you forgot about cutting off their hands, burning their house down, killing their dog.. I DO NOT CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PERSON THAT MADE THE MISTAKE.. as long they get punished in some form!!

      Anne-Marie - 2012-06-06 11:44

      Gosh you really are angry. Can I get some Valium for mr payle please??? Anyone??? Lmao!!

      david.j.payle - 2012-06-06 12:21

      not angry.. just concerned.. that im sharing my country with the likes of you..

  • neil.kroese - 2012-06-06 10:19

    Well Die Stem seemed to have been a great motivator, they should do this more often..

      Byron - 2012-06-06 11:42

      it could also be argued that they were motivated by the disrespect in not playing the full anthem

  • Seena - 2012-06-06 10:30

    investigate these settlers, this is punishable by a jail term....imagine these people are not to represent this african country i am agrieved

      Anne-Marie - 2012-06-06 10:42

      Carry on being aggrieved. What will you do?? Punish the organisers of the tournament with jail as they made the mistake?? Some people really don't think before posting idiotic comments to news 24. And as for \settlers\ I can only assume this means you are Khoi San because if not, you too are a settler. Have a nice day!!!!

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-06-06 11:56

      Seena, The mistake was made on British soil by a British person. It has nothing to do with a white south african, or settler as you seem to call them.

  • Carel - 2012-06-06 10:33

    Since when is Die Stem an apartheids song. The ignorance of the commentators is shocking. Die stem is a proud song sung by everyone who contributed to the succes of this country, whether they were for or against apartheid. These comments that arise from uneducated people irritates one boundlessly. They think that the Nationalist party was the only party, and their policy was apartheid. What about the people belonging to the United Party who opposed the Nationalist Party in the elections, because of the difference in policies..

  • Carel - 2012-06-06 10:40

    Die Stem an apartheids song.What nonsense. This song was sung by everybody who contributed to the making of this country into what it was. Apartheid was a Nationalist Party policy. People belonging to the United Party and Progressive Party opposed them on the elections because they differed with the idea of apartheid as proposed by the Nationalist Party.Get your facts straight before you comment, it just exposes your level of development.

  • Hein - 2012-06-06 10:47

    Viva DIE STEM!!!!!!!

  • Hein - 2012-06-06 10:47

    Viva DIE STEM!!!!!!!

  • frank.hubris - 2012-06-06 10:50

    As I recall, the new anthem has the first verse of Die Stem in it! Does that mean that the new anthem also has Apartheid in it?

  • gkmogorosi - 2012-06-06 10:54

    How do you make such a 'mistake'? This is disgusting! England should personally apologize to South Africa for this. Our national anthem is a symbol of our national pride and for you guys to say that it was okay or it was 'an accident' for them to have played 'Die Stem' is quite disgusting!

      Brett - 2012-06-06 11:34

      Gk I see the guys have given you a thumbs down. You right die stem is not our national athem. It is a part of it. I wish all SA citizens would move on and embrace our new national athem. Keep it real brother. Peace

      Anne-Marie - 2012-06-06 11:34

      You might be waiting awhile for that apology. Remember in the uk your lovely ANC does not have any control. Thank the lord!!!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-06 11:50

      Die Stem is not disgusting. It is a poem that is reflecting a certain message and some of it's forms were later used by some. You can say the people that use it or miss-used it was. I saw venues when Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika was played in FULL with no other part of our Anthem in it. Yes, I was not happy, but not because my Afrikaans part was not in it. Rather the fact that the ignorance of the organizers shown through. It took me 30 secs to blow off when I realized that some-one must have made a mistake and being a country's National Anthem I realized that the person will be reprimanded and the problem sorted out. I have never heard some-one apologized for those mistakes and I decided to leave it at that, trusting my fellow man/organizers. Stop being a victim. It is also my National Anthem and I can accept mistakes. Specially when it gets done in a neutral country that are known avoiding stepping on our tows.

      dave.e.richman - 2012-06-06 15:04

      I'm just very curious as to how a country - England - should "personally apologize to South Africa for this"..... Apart from the fact that it wasn't England, it was Great Britain. But personally? Would an apology from the Queen suffice? David Cameron? Wayne Rooney? Elton John? Well, I am from the UK, so allow me to personally apologise to South Africa and gkmogorisi in particular.... Sorry! Our bad!!! Case closed! Now, about the farm murders, rapes, out of control cops and other IMPORTANT stuff .........

      marietjie.davel - 2012-06-07 01:30

      we dont like your new nkosi sikelele aka Kosie sukkel lekker. Get over it.

  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-06-06 10:58

    Can sumone tell us? How did the song travelled to Britain? Why isit being carried along still, i can bet on this one, that it was not a mistake, it was done deliberately, and dont they double check bfo going on air jeez get a life poeple

  • Gideon - 2012-06-06 10:59

    Talk about inspiration. It should be used for Bafana Bafana. Maybe they can also win a match!

  • maurits.w.hagg - 2012-06-06 11:12

    What! The players of our National team don’t know Die Stem? As everyone should know it is the second part of our national anthem. It is rather a disgrace for not knowing this beautiful song as I believe that when representing one's country, one must learn the national anthem. At least they won the game :)

      Shona - 2012-06-06 11:36

      Only one verse is in the new anthem. When u are representing your country in anything u will know the new anthem so if I was standing there and something else started playing I'd also be surprised. I was only a few years old when the anthem changed so I don't know the words to the whole of Die Stem and I'm sure the age of the people in this team would be about the same as me.

  • Freddy - 2012-06-06 11:15

    hahaha the stem inspired them to win,,uit die blou van onse heumel uit die diepte van ons see uit ons ewige ge .................... stuff like this just makes me laugh out loud .and i dont give a dam about the sensitive people now.we are in a struggle now

  • marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-06-06 11:18

    Shame those poor ladies, I hope they received some counceling after having to listen to the full version of that racist anthem. Hahaahah.

      marietjie.davel - 2012-06-07 01:31

      we dont like your new sangoma song either. so get over it.

  • mapudieric.morakiwamachacha - 2012-06-06 11:33

    u white morons note dat there is no song wth de words 'kill the boer' but 'shoot the boer'. *disgusted*

      Jean - 2012-06-06 11:37

      From killing to shoot the boer makes it better how...

      Anne-Marie - 2012-06-06 11:41

      I think you might find that the phrase that your \comrades\ use is \kill the boer, shoot the farmer\ which is horrific.

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-06-06 11:59

      Shoot or kill, it makes no difference. It incites violence!!

      Pieter - 2012-06-06 12:21

      Lol same thing, and you call us morons?

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-06-06 12:48

      So what does BULALA mean, you stupid idiot. You can try changing it as much as you want it still means the same. You are a racist fool!

      marietjie.davel - 2012-06-07 01:33

      BULALA means the white bull will push you with its horns until you LALA.

      marietjie.davel - 2012-06-07 01:43

      the poor thing doesnt know that shoot can kill.

  • Luke - 2012-06-06 11:36

    Get over it, if we manage these great wins we they can play the same song before every game

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-06-06 11:36

    Lets just hope Our Olympic chaps make sure the London Olympic people have the correct tape/cd in case we happen to win the odd medal in July. Just imagine the how the people will get their knickers in a knot if the oldie was played then.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-06-06 11:39

    I amaze myself at what people are outraged at these days. Songs and paintings....yet they not outraged at corruption, crime, poverty, education and don't have protests for these issues. Did anybody die, was anybody raped, was the lives of the suffering SA public really affected by them playing an old anthem? Die Stem was the county's anthem for decades and nobody was outraged then. Regardless of what it stood for, its just a song people. There are more serious issues out there.

      marietjie.davel - 2012-06-07 01:34

      psssstt....it shows you where the IQ level is...(dont tell anyone)

  • Justin - 2012-06-06 11:42

    Well if it was deliberate it backfired properly! It motivated our ladies to win, that's all that matters