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UK sorry for Die Stem bungle

2012-06-06 14:25

London - "Great Britain Hockey (GBH), the organiser of the Investec London Cup, offers a full and unreserved apology to the South African women's hockey team and their supporters for mistakenly playing the wrong national anthem before South Africa's match with Great Britain on Tuesday," GBH chief executive Sally Munday said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The error was made by a contractor responsible for sports presentation at the event."

Munday said it was standard procedure to check anthems with visiting teams in advance.

"However, on this occasion that did not happen and Great Britain Hockey accepts full responsibility," she said.

"Great Britain Hockey and its contractor appreciate the sensitive nature of this unfortunate mistake and we apologise unreservedly for the offence caused.

"The correct anthem will be played before all of South Africa's remaining matches, beginning with the team's second fixture against Germany on Wednesday evening."

Marissa Langeni, chief executive of the SA Hockey Association, was furious with the blunder after a version of the apartheid-era anthem, "Die Stem", was played before their opening match.

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

"I was so shocked I could not even watch the rest [of the game]."

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.

Regardless of what rendition it was, however, Langeni said it was not the correct version, 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."

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 tournament.


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Comments
  • dee.shabalala - 2012-06-06 14:34

    Should have got Ras Dumisani to sing his own rendition hehehehheehe

      Renny - 2012-06-06 14:53

      Still one of the best versions I've heard to date.

      Sue - 2012-06-06 19:30

      and make a bigger mess of what was more than suitable (they did after all get half of it correct!) I have nothing against N'Kosi Sekilel'i, in fact I find it as beautiful a composition as I do Die Stem, but irrespective of how much of the latter is palyed/sung is going too far. No matter how hard he tried, I don't for one moment believe any rendition of any anthem would be recognised - merely found to be the most embarrassing issue for SA - were he to be singing it. As always nothing more than a closed mind.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-06-07 13:09

      No problem, On behalf of all South Africans, I sincerely accept and bask in your apologies, don't let those overtly spoiled "ambassadors" huff and puff too much; they are better at sapping sympathy than worrying about the people they affectively ignore back home. They are South African in Passport only. Let it be known from this day forward, TWAT HAPPENS.

  • gift.rode - 2012-06-06 14:37

    Why is the UK still have that version anyway after such a long time

      mundu.olewega - 2012-06-06 15:14

      That's what you get when you keep changing things after every regime change. I often encounter the old Oraje Blanje Blou in the US. Normal country's can't keep up with the constant changing in African countries.

      Loo - 2012-06-06 15:59

      Because RSA and its domestic issues are definitely not high on the international communities' agenda. We, after all keep on asking them for money to help us cope with domestic social issues. I would not take much notice of us as well if I was them. "Just another African country begging them for money.

      sibusiso.kuzwayo - 2012-06-06 16:40

      Mundu is an ignorant twat. The flag the comment tells me u r a cartoon character, HeeHaw the jackass perhaps!

      terry.burne - 2012-06-06 17:34

      Perhaps if our sporting bodies could spend as much time investigating why our soccer team can't even beat Ethiopia as they did on why England stuffed up our national anthem, we might see some success by our soccer team. Talk about "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic"

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-06-07 13:07

      @ gift.rode - Becoase quality makes things timeless.

  • Pierre Bouwer - 2012-06-06 14:41

    Maybe that is why they kicked ass!

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-06 19:13

      @Kolobe - I have personally reported your totally unwarranted and racist comment as being offensive and hurtful in the extreme, especially to any SOUTH AFRICAN who is loyal, and PROUD to be a South African - what did you hope to achieve by saying such a hurtful and unnecessary thing?

      Heiku - 2012-06-06 20:43

      Maybe the ladies got some aggro going about it Kolobo... those pommie chicks are probably hurting

  • david.baker.sa - 2012-06-06 14:43

    Mistake made Complaint made Apology made Now we accept the apology Case closed?

      Chantelle - 2012-06-06 15:44

      Exactly!

      CoronaSherona - 2012-06-07 06:01

      The ONLY comment on this entire page of dribble worth reading and that makes any sense. Mr. Baker, I applaud you.

  • ssomana - 2012-06-06 14:44

    Why does the UK still have Die Stem?

      Bob - 2012-06-06 15:11

      Why not ? it's only an anthem, nothing wrong with it, it is just not the current anthem, i don't see what all the fuss is about.

      Rajesh - 2012-06-06 17:35

      Can only imagine what kind of nonsense the olympics is going to end up being...if they can't get a small detail like our national anthem right....

      Jo - 2012-06-07 09:15

      @Bob, it's not just an anthem.There is a lot of stigma attached to it and it's association with apartheid etc.People were jailed for not wanting to sing it.That is why there is such negativity with it. Besides, it covers only one language and that language is associated with apartheid.It's sad that todays Afrikaners have to suffer for what their forefathers did.

  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-06-06 14:47

    Gud finally

  • gngaleka - 2012-06-06 14:55

    Amazing that certain section of our population sees nothing wrong with misrepresentation of our countries' identity while the UK feels the need to apologise. Makes you think what is their level of intelligence.

      Beertjie Peertjie - 2012-06-06 16:42

      I agree with you.

      craigdmn - 2012-06-06 19:57

      Tye het verander en so ook ons land se politieke situasie...daarom vind so baie niks fout met die stem wat gespeel was nie...want hulle het en sal ook nooit ophou verlang na die ou Rasistiese Suid Afrika nie...

      Heiku - 2012-06-06 20:45

      Yup agreed. But I think it may have won us a hockey match.. so not all bad? ... No still bad. Hope the Boks break them on Saturday.

  • Gladstone - 2012-06-06 14:57

    It's almost 20 years since it was banned, but they are still singing it. Maybe if a new National Anthem was composed these kinda excuses should never have happened.

      Alan - 2012-06-06 15:31

      It wasn't banned. It was replaced.

      René - 2012-06-06 16:07

      It was consolidated!!! Xhosa, Afrikaans and English - Never banned

      Heiku - 2012-06-06 20:47

      Next one will be in Klingon as to not offend anyone.

  • Attie - 2012-06-06 15:01

    do not forget now it will be branded as racist

  • winston.mullany - 2012-06-06 15:03

    But I also like how this Marissa woman over dramatises the whole thing by saying: "I was so shocked I could not even watch the rest [of the game]." It was a mistake, get over it!

  • wehan.victor - 2012-06-06 15:06

    Is "Die Stem" not part of the national anthem anyway??? I don't understand what all the fuss is about...

  • Gladstone - 2012-06-06 15:08

    Those stupid players and coaches were enjoying that. Why didn't they stop that apartheid antem? Don't play with us. UK, apology accepted.

      Bob - 2012-06-06 15:19

      Gladstone, what the hell does that mean "those stupid players and coaches were enjoying that" so what ? and Die Stem is not an Apartheid anthem, I can guarantee you could ask 95% of the british population what Die Stem is and they wouldn't have a clue, get over such a petty mistake, it's nothing compared to the real crap happening here every single day.

      Hermann - 2012-06-06 15:25

      @Bob. That is why our anthem starts with N'Sikilele ------ with a government that can't save us maybe God may.

      Gladstone - 2012-06-06 15:27

      Bob, I did not include British in my statement. Those morons really were missing this song. And whatever you can try to say, it really is an apartheid anthem.

      Richard - 2012-06-06 18:29

      Gladstone, who are the 'morons' your referring too?

  • Shaun McDermott - 2012-06-06 15:10

    How Bladdy pathetic ....... any excuse to play the racialism card, grow u you morons.

      Beertjie Peertjie - 2012-06-06 16:40

      You are pathetic. What the hell does bladdy mean? BLOODY idiot. Also, who, besides you, played the racist card?

      Beertjie Peertjie - 2012-06-06 16:43

      Or racism card to be correct.

  • mzushweme - 2012-06-06 15:10

    mpfiiim stupid Uk

  • Deon - 2012-06-06 15:15

    Apology from Great Britain quoted: Great Britain Hockey, the organiser of the Investec London Cup, offers a full and unreserved apology to the South African women’s hockey team and their supporters for mistakenly playing the wrong national anthem before South Africa’s match with Great Britain on Tuesday afternoon. The error was made by a contractor responsible for sports presentation at the event. Standard procedure would be to check anthems to be played with visiting teams in advance, however, on this occasion that did not happen and Great Britain Hockey accepts full responsibility. Great Britain Hockey and its contractor appreciate the sensitive nature of this unfortunate mistake and we apologise unreservedly for the offence caused. The correct anthem will be played before all of South Africa’s remaining matches beginning with the team’s second fixture against Germany on Wednesday evening. Sally Munday Chief Operating Officer THERE WE GO, NOW GET THE F..K OVER IT!! STOP MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL!

      Deon - 2012-06-06 18:50

      Rajesh, it's not at all about being ashamed. It's about people like you - who blow things that don't have any influence on the grand scheme of things completely out of proportion - making a complete mockery of this beautiful country!

      Tinky - 2012-06-07 07:59

      @ Deon - well said! @ Rajesh - If you believe that the "boer" should migrate to Europe, then I suppose you have some Indian or Asian "homeland" that you can return to? People born in this country have the right to be called South African, not European. They also have the right to stay here, even if they don't agree with the current regime and the right to voice that opinion. Furthermore, the people who are shouting slogans like "shoot the boer" are not tolerant of your race either, so beware, once the boer is shot, you could be next in line.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-06 15:17

    Oh pllleeaase!! To make up for this horrendous mistake, at the next sporting event between these two countries we'll give Jay-Zee the opportunity to sing 'Umshini wam' twice!!

  • Billy - 2012-06-06 15:20

    no worries UK, ignore this gooseberry puddin

      Richard - 2012-06-06 18:34

      Its not even news in the UK, so I doubt anybody but the people, in SA, or on this forum know about this story.

  • eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-06-06 15:20

    If you think thats bad read this http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/kazakhstan/9165841/Kuwaitis-mistakenly-play-Borats-Kazakh-national-anthem-at-medals-ceremony.html Now pipe down and move on!!!!!

      Heiku - 2012-06-06 20:51

      Thank you! That is hilarious!

  • sbandzile - 2012-06-06 15:28

    hahaha cummon how retarded mus you be to not knw that die stem is no longer our anthem though??? but thats a funny flop

      Richard - 2012-06-06 18:30

      Its easy, nobody outside South Africa cares what the SA anthem is...

      Tinky - 2012-06-07 08:01

      @ sbandzile - How retarded are you, not to be able to write English correctly?

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-06 15:28

    Hell, South Africa won that game against the odds. Whether it was because they were fuelled by extra anger or fire or whatever, maybe we should consider playing that song before every game. It may bring us gold! Typically South African reaction though - demand apologies from every person and his dog for what may have been an honest mistake. But then - when we have under-performing presidents that cannot take criticism and advocates that cry like babies in open court, I am not surprised that we expose our childish emotions to the world like an embarrassing festering boil.

  • sbandzile - 2012-06-06 15:29

    hahaha how retatrded must one be not to know that die stem is nolonger our anthem lol, but thats a funny flop

      Tinky - 2012-06-07 08:03

      Again?

  • donovan.porter - 2012-06-06 15:40

    why label it the the apartheid-era national anthem ? are they going to make apologies for athletes that come out of the apartheid era as well ? and label them apartheid athletes ?

  • Shaun - 2012-06-06 15:42

    Maybe people should be more worried about the fact that the president of the country sang Kill the Boer at the ANCs centenary celebrations - and less about Die Stem being played at a hockey game. Last time I checked Die Stem doesn`t incite violence against anyone....

      Shaun - 2012-06-06 16:45

      And now the story of the ANCYL saying that white people`s safety cannot be guaranteed during land grabs... it just gets better and better.

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-07 14:20

      Exactly. It kind of chips away at one's patriotism when this is what Government tells you. Now I must worry about some blasted Anthem. They can go and get knotted. When the Government accepts me as a true S/African and makes me feel welcome in my own country again, then I might become patriotic.

  • Corne - 2012-06-06 15:50

    Its much better than"Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" will ever be!!

  • NatashaDawnQuinn - 2012-06-06 15:51

    Bet that contractor is looking for new work :)

  • tam.gouws10 - 2012-06-06 16:08

    Blah Blah same news as every time! it's getting boring!

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-06-06 16:16

    Lol. If Die Stem brings out the best in our athletes, then maybe it should be played at all SA international sporting events. Who knows, we might have world champs in most of our sporting codes

  • carol.neethling - 2012-06-06 16:18

    Why is Langeni making such a big thing out of a small error like that? 'Die Stem' is and always will be a part of our history. 'Die Stem' anthem had nothing to do with race - it was and still is - a beautiful anthem for our country. I hope she knows what the words actually mean. At least it was still the same countries anthem and at least it wasn't an embarrassment like the others where the singers couldn't even get the words right. I grew up with that Anthem in a family that does not discriminate and I am sure that I am not the only one. Why do people still have to keep bringing up Apartheid when we are supposed to be living in a Democratic society? You know what, we are all human and we all make mistakes. As stated the team weren't even sure if it was the whole version and they did apologise, so just leave it at that and watch the game. As the chief executive of the SA Hockey Association, I can't believe that she didn't watch the game - how ridiculous can a person be?

  • Desmond - 2012-06-06 16:25

    I felt so proud and it apears as though the SA team aldso did as they went on to almost a whitewash win.

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-06-06 16:25

    But seriously, it really doesn't make any difference if they play Nkosi sikelela or Die Stem. They are both SA anthems, what's more important is what happens after the singing of the anthems. I can play Tornado by Mandoza or Ska rumba, it won't count for squat... People need to focus on what they are there to do. Apartheid is gone, or at least I think is. Let's all move on.

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-06-06 16:26

    But seriously, it really doesn't make any difference if they play Nkosi sikelela or Die Stem. They are both SA anthems, what's more important is what happens after the singing of the anthems. I can play Tornado by Mandoza or Ska rumba, it won't count for squat... People need to focus on what they are there to do. Apartheid is gone, or at least I think is. Let's all move on.

  • Ngoana-Mohale - 2012-06-06 17:02

    They knew exactly what they were doing those organisors. No excuse is acceptable.

      Kenny - 2012-06-06 17:29

      @Ngoana - As a matter of fact it was an accident. Because I can assure you the UK does not give a flying F$CK about your stupid remarks nor any South African who makes it out to be murder! Wake up and smell the coffee girl. I am sure you are more inteligent then what you are making yourself out to be.

      Richard - 2012-06-06 18:26

      So does the ANC and ANCYL!

  • Rajesh - 2012-06-06 17:32

    They should have played "shoot the boer"....

      Xillen - 2012-06-06 18:17

      No Rajesh, they should have actually played Nkosi Sikelela. But why, in your opinion, should they have played "shoot the boer" (which promotes murder) over Die Stem (which promotes the beauty of our country)?

      Hannes Truter - 2012-06-06 18:26

      Rajesh is jy dalk 'n Kerrie-hol?

      deon.luyt - 2012-06-08 10:56

      Excellence irks Rajesh as it makes him feel small and inferior. Poor soul. He probably feels pathetic in the presence of those whom he knows are his betters. The only solution is to kill them.

  • ACvanNiekerk - 2012-06-06 17:58

    See the Stem gave them powa! Lol. Nicely done ladies

  • Philip Buys - 2012-06-06 19:09

    Rajesh, if you think they are only going to shoot the boer, kill the farmer like in that song, you are next in the pot on your way back to Asia...second verse. Chill or chilly, boy. Your squeeking is not welcome.

  • Ncebza - 2012-06-06 19:20

    Whether they played Die Stem or Nkosi sikelela, either should have been played correctly. No excuse.

  • Heiku - 2012-06-06 20:40

    Go ladies! 3-1! AWESOME

  • Ricki - 2012-06-07 08:45

    First world problem.

  • jdikgole - 2012-06-07 11:31

    After all the things that disagreements with the spear, the DA vs Cosatu March and the Julius Malema`s hate speech, As South Africans and i mean those whose skin colour is green and gold we can all agree to one thing our National anthem should never be trashed. The last line of the anthem says IN SOUTH AFFRICA OUR LAND. it is our land we just need to learn to accept one another and respect each other so that the world can respect us and our anthem.

  • Suren - 2012-06-07 12:40

    shame so many cowards will act as though they belong to one country and in their cowardly tradition of their ancestors will want to support this disgusting song

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