Sascoc probes anthem bungle

2012-06-06 11:08

Cape Town - South Africa's governing Olympic body, South Africa's governing Olympic body, Sascoc has launched an urgent inquiry regarding the playing of the wrong national anthem before the Proteas women's hockey match against Great Britain in London last night (Tuesday).

According to reports, a hockey official said it was "a bizarre mixture" of Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika and Die Stem.

The CEO of Sascoc, Tubby Reddy, has promised to conduct a thorough investigation before he's able to comment decisively on the debacle.

"We don't know the full extent of what transpired in London last night in terms of the botched playing of our national anthem. It's a serious matter and we need to find out how it went wrong. We don't know, as yet, whether it was signed off beforehand by the team management, which is normal procedure.

"We've asked the SA Hockey Association to give us a full response as to what transpired. When presented with the facts we will then be able to comment further," Reddy said.

SA meet world number three Germany at 21:00 SA time on Wednesday in a match that will be televised “live” on SuperSport.

With just this Germany match left in the pool stages in this six-nation event, SA are in the pound seats to get into Saturday’s semi-finals.

In Tuesday’s earlier match, world number one Holland beat world seven Australia 2-1.


  • Alan - 2012-06-06 11:18

    SAscoc probes .. "SA's-coc" up.

  • John - 2012-06-06 11:19

    Are we talking about white South Africa or black South Africa? Let's be honest guys, there's a huge difference between the two. White South Africa has the feel of a european 1st world country whereas black south Africa has the feel or a 3rd world African country. Let's not create a false sense of unity and equality because that is one way of preventing racial equality and justice from happening. Black south Africans and white south African are not in the same boat, far from it in fact. Let’s not deny the truth that this society his heavily stratified along racial lines and that whiteness continue to hold value. Colour-blindness undermines the hard work of all those who are anti racist and wish to end the unjust system of white supremacy.

      Christopher - 2012-06-06 11:24

      You moron! do you copy and paste this stupid comment on all topics...I have seen your stupid comment about 3 to 4 times already!

      JaredVN - 2012-06-06 11:38

      Oh FFS!!!! People are dying of hunger, millions are unemployed, the ANC is robbing their own supporters blind, but we launch probes about totally irrelevant crap like this non-event and paintings.

      brendonml - 2012-06-06 11:39

      I hand you my gun - please kill yourself or shall I?

      Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-06 11:59

      South Africans are very proud of their national anthem. We take it seriously and we sing it with passion and pride. You need to get a life or just vanish into you own laager mentality through your own rectum. We don't need people like you around.

      Allan - 2012-06-06 13:02

      You are a fart in a tin, loads of noise

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-06 13:19

      @ OvaprivilegedWhitey  You are saying nothing but the truth!!! SA is just a 2in1 Country, visit Cape Town and you can really see the different lifestyles in our rainbow nation. On your way from the airport you will pass through Shacklands and see how our people are suffering. On the other side there is Camps Bay, Hout Bay where the better South Africa – the 1st world live. There are no prizes in guessing which races occupy these two different worlds. One thing I find confusing is that the guys from the 1st world South Africa want the guys from the 3rd world S Africa to smile and claim that everything is alright. It’s time the government pull out its invisible hand and address such inequalities; one section of our society has suffered enough. I know this won’t go down well with our 1st world guys because they are not and will never be prepared to share the cake. At the end of the day it’s their choice because if you don’t share you run the risk of someone grabbing the cake from you, worse still the cake can fall to the ground and gets trampled!!!!!

      daniel.malan3 - 2012-06-06 15:24

      @Lerato - uhm it is not just about give and take. If you want a piece of the cake you have to work for it, not just sit on your ass and wait for it. Not all black people are poor just as not all white people are rich. Colour doesn't determine who you are or what you do, you do. Wasting money on a useless probe certainly is not the way to go

      daniel.malan3 - 2012-06-06 15:24

      @Lerato - uhm it is not just about give and take. If you want a piece of the cake you have to work for it, not just sit on your ass and wait for it. Not all black people are poor just as not all white people are rich. Colour doesn't determine who you are or what you do, you do. Wasting money on a useless probe certainly is not the way to go

  • henri.lombard - 2012-06-06 11:19

    thats right, lets make another Mountain out of a mole hole and waste everybody`s time and end up calling it racist !!!!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-06 11:34

      This is not making a mountain out of a mole hill. It's a disgrace, the English organisers need to take more care. I hope these are not the same organisers in charge of anthems at the olympics in a few weeks.

      JaredVN - 2012-06-06 11:39

      A disgrace compared to what? Eastern Cape pupils not getting a decent education? Large-scale corruption?

      henri.lombard - 2012-06-06 11:40

      yes, just like the spear grabbed all the attention it needed to promote art, what will be the objective to this ?

      Stirrer - 2012-06-06 12:35

      @Sean - Our anthem will only be played if we win anything, so I don't foresee any possible problem.

  • terry.burne - 2012-06-06 11:19

    I would have thought it more important to investigte the underperformance of our national soccer joke (I mean team) - instead of what with wrong with the playing of our national anthem. The poms stuffed up - they should be embarrassed - but at least our hockey team won. Start focussing on what is important in sport - i.e. winning matches!!!!!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-06 11:36

      Now Terry, that is such a relevant response to this article. The ladies won, as you have pointed out, but they had to endure somebody messing up the anthem. Somebody has to find out what happened.

  • Freddy - 2012-06-06 11:21

    hahahahahahaham good one ,that is how you beat them use the power of the stem

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-06-06 11:24

    If thats not bad enough, what about SABC playing the American National Anthem on the shorts of the Queens Jubilee.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-06-06 11:27

    What the hell is the recording of Die Stem doing at Sascoc's event, it was done on purpose the symbolism of playing that anthem is not be ignored.

      henri.lombard - 2012-06-06 11:36

      wow you are special kind of intelec, arent you ?

  • Charl - 2012-06-06 11:29

    Maybe they should consider playing the "WRONG" anthem before every Bafana game. Looks like it did wonders for the hockey team...

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  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-06 11:32

    This was not a SASCOC error, or am I missing the point of the article above. The organisers in England have made a monumental stuff up here, playing the incorrect anthem. I am pleased that SASCOC are looking into what happened, with the Olympics just around the corner! For me, it is unacceptable to get a nation's anthem wrong! Imagine if we played an incorrect version of God Save the Queen on Saturday at Kings Park!!!

      Zdenek - 2012-06-07 23:30

      I hope that SA's liberal do-gooders won't declare war to UK because of someone's mistake of playing wrong anthem at the sport match ! Brady you are such a drama queen ! There are a hundreds of really important issues to be sorted-out in this mismanaged country, but Mr. Brady is harping about question of wrong anthem on the sport match ??!! Brady you are pathetic ! Stanst

  • bruce.krebs.7 - 2012-06-06 11:37

    Tubby Reddy, it was a mistake, not some plot to embarras SA or undermine us. Leave the petty stuff and focus ALL your energies on our Olymic team and how you are going to support them, as heaven alone knows SASCOC efforts in past Olympic events have been sadly lacking

  • tc.convulvulous - 2012-06-06 11:41

    Fiddling while Rome is burning!

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-06-06 11:41

    This must be great for some people at SASCOC must be excited about this. Now they can fly business class to London to investigate the cock-up and spend a few days in London at SASCOC expenses. Not to forget the 5 star hotel and so on.

      dewalds3 - 2012-06-06 13:00

      And when the money is finished, we will look for some Chinese sponsors to help the athletes out with clothing...

  • - 2012-06-06 11:44

    Jah great idea, investigate this matter, it cant just go unnoticed as others r claiming its not important, we have one national anthem and it needs to be respected finish and klaar

      Loo - 2012-06-06 11:57

      NOT everyone in the world believes that making a mistake is an international conspiracy to damage the current government. RSA quite frankly is NOT as important as you might think in the eyes of the International community. Pleeaassee ,, Try and understand this. What do you want the people to do ,,, announce an hour of silence in their country to apologize to RSA ???

  • Loo - 2012-06-06 11:52

    I thought it was only aliens that probe and rip a dam out from under a duck. now they want to "PROBE" a mistake made by a European. JUST leave it , ,Do not make this an International incident ONCE again. Don't you lot have better stuff to do ... for example "probing" why most of our Olympic sports are busy UNDER performing in the International Arena. C'mon .. give us "the supporters of sport" a break. Let the organizers apologize and leave it be.

  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-06-06 11:59

    Come now people, move along, nothing to see... I am sure that the poms are really sorry about this. It happened, and i am sure it was not intensional... to try and make something more of this, is just to try and score cheap political points. as for playing the national anthem... we had some memorable attempts in recent history... remember the laughing Nkosi sikilel i Africa.. and then the one sung by rustaman himself... as sad as those were, we all survived...

  • Jane - 2012-06-06 12:46

    Our country is in a crisis, the crime rate in out of control, millions are unemployed, the police are raping and assaulting instead of serving and protecting, corruption is rife, people live in shacks and children are starving, but hey! lets waste time and money launching an urgent inquiry into a mixup of an anthem which almost no one can honestly say they know all the words of? Well I suppose with the Spear saga dying down the ANC needs something else to distract everyone from the REAL issues affecting ALL South Africans.

  • morati.maropola - 2012-06-06 12:57

    This is now the national disaster it has become insurmountable

  • Lita - 2012-06-06 13:25

    People are starving and yet another prob which will cost money... British gov should just apologize and S.A gov concentrate on our starving masses!!

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