No vuvuzelas during anthems
Cape Town – The South African government has urged soccer fans to refrain from blowing vuvuzelas while national anthems are being played in stadiums during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
"Government calls on South Africans to stand to attention - with their hands placed at their sides - while singing the national anthem," government spokesperson Themba Maseko said.
This guideline applied indefinitely, but the appeal was being made now to ensure that World Cup stadium audiences showed the necessary respect for the SA anthem and those of participating countries, he said.
This guideline was confirmed during the June 4 meeting of the inter-ministerial committee on the World Cup, following earlier deliberations on the issue.
"Government urges audiences not to move around, hold conversations or blow vuvuzelas during performances of the anthem.
"Respect for the anthem is part of the total experience of the 2010 FIFA World Cup," Maseko said.