Ard lands SARU in parliament

2011-08-25 13:41

Johannesburg - The SA Rugby Union and SuperSport will be brought before Parliament's portfolio committee on sport after musician Ard Matthews bungled the national anthem on Tuesday in a live television broadcast.

VIDEO: Ard Matthews butchers SA anthem

The committee said on Thursday it did not find joy in an embarrassing event witnessed by the whole nation.

Matthews forgot some of the words to Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika after SARU named the 30-man Sprinbok squad to play in next month's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

"This embarrassing incident occurred at a moment when we were celebrating the victory of the Springboks winning the game against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth on Saturday."

The portfolio committee said SARU and SuperSport would appear at its next meeting to explain the "debacle" and avoid such "embarrassments" in the future.

Matthews, the lead singer of rock band Just Jinjer, and SuperSport apologised for the bungle on Wednesday.


  • jk - 2011-08-25 13:43

    not the first time though... never a dull moment...

      cocopops - 2011-08-25 14:02

      Was SARU brough before the committee in 2007 after that butchering, just wondering because this is a white guy and the previous one was a black guy? A good omen for the Springboks, in 2007 we went on to win the WC after the blooper, may just repeat it now.

      MaanDonkie - 2011-08-25 14:06

      You recall the weed invested, brain dead, drunken Rasta moron they used in France to rape our Anthem. What happened to SARU then......oh sorry I forgot he was given a bit of poetic licence because he was a comrade.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-08-25 14:08

      People must lighten up....not as though the incident was intentional....mistakes happen, even if they shouldn't!

      Hanjo - 2011-08-25 14:10

      coco, the blunder by Ras wasn't during the World Cup, it was prior to a test against the French, we didn't play the French in 2007 WC, and I think we may have lost that match.

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-25 14:17

      @cocopops SARU didn't hire Ras Dumisani, the French chose him from a list ....your name is making me hungry

      Kaapie - 2011-08-25 14:24

      @ Maandonkie typical response from a fool.. that happened in FRANCE therefore arranged by the FFR, not Saru. This appeared to be a weed infested, cocaine induced performance by your standards..

      MaanDonkie - 2011-08-25 14:36

      Kaapie news flash boet all performances have to be sanctioned by the visiting union. This is part of IRB protocol. Check your change boxhead.

      Spaffy - 2011-08-25 14:52

      What a load of bollocks...

      flowing river - 2011-08-25 15:00

      When the Boks get knocked out in the first round of the RWC are they going to bring the whole team before Parliament's portfolio committee on sport?

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-25 15:08

      Anthom Smanthom. Did sort of wonder who this guy was and what he had to do with the whole thing. I Found the whole presentation contrived, fake and overblown, like SARU meats Big Brother in da house. Ard was the cherry on top. My advise to SARU - KISS - keep it simple stupid.

      Bad1hq - 2011-08-25 15:19

      We may have gone on to win the WC but we lost that international 20 - 13 against the French, a cunning plan by the French in my opinion... At least Ard sang the whole anthem and not just Nkosi sikel iafrica.

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-25 18:02

      To be fair, we cant have our own artists messing up the national anthem. Mr Mathews should also stand infront of the commitee! And I love Just Jinger. Shallow waters is still one of my favourite SA songs. He let us down, and also represented SA's white community to an extent. However, I am certain that us white people have forgiven him, but has the rest of the country? He needs to take full resposibility for that performance, and ask the whole of SA to forgive him. Fair is fair. Sorry Ard, I feel for you. But you owe SA an explanation, that is all South Africans. Just my opinion.

      Denise - 2011-08-25 20:11

      I have watched the video three times, but cannot see what the people are complaining about. Where is the apparent botch? I think his version is excellent. ? Better than most versions I have seen or heard :) The video is below…see if you can see or hear the mistakes. Apparently he also used swear words. Can you spot them?

      online2590 - 2011-08-25 20:58

      maandonkie, you are pathetic

      FJ2 - 2011-08-25 22:11

      They should bring SARU and Supersport before the committee for using Darren Scott. He's white too - and a far bigger embarassment than Ard Matthews could ever be. To be honest, I think this is a waste of the taxpayers' money - but, then again, why worry if you don't pay anything?!

      Donovan Jackson - 2011-08-26 00:13

      Well Ard is finally famous now.

      Backstabber - 2011-08-26 05:46

      Flowing River = Maori = Kok = BCC = my preciousssssssssssssssssssssss Heheheheheheheheheeheheheheheheheheheehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe...

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-26 08:44

      Thanks Denise. It is much ado about nothing. Ras Dumisani entertained me, Habana and Brussow. For the perplexed look he gave old Skalla, he deserves a medal. I like his rendition/interpretation bigtime. Get over yourselves people.

  • Charles Small - 2011-08-25 13:51

    He can only say sorry so many times. He screwed up, owned up. Let him be!

      The Watchman - 2011-08-25 14:48

      Honest mistake from Ard. If i were a writer i'd rather write about the ridiculous caps handed out to the players. Thats a big shame even the way it looked on Frans Steyn & Burger. LOL

      The J - 2011-08-25 15:12

      Hey Watchmen. Yeah mate. Those hats/caps were hilarious. You sort of expected them to fly out of the studio on Magic Carpets like Ali Baba and his thieves...

  • Antionette - 2011-08-25 13:52


      chaka - 2011-08-25 14:33

      This government has done worse things to this country and they get away with it. JZ was accused of raping a woman what can be worse than that considering he is the presidiot. Give this man a break, and take his word for it when he says he was not smoking pot or drinking. There are worse things happening in this country.

  • shaunkd - 2011-08-25 13:53

    Parliament's portfolio committee has never committed a blunder, or has it? To err or not to err, it is human, you committee chumps!!!

  • POLLENYS - 2011-08-25 13:54

    What a load of BS. The man made a mistake and apologised. And what about the instances where only the Nkosi section is sung? Rather inform the population about displaying the flag the correct position. When hanging vertical, the RED part should be on the RIGHT.

      Jonathan - 2011-08-25 14:09

      I agree with most of your statement except one thing... According tot he proper protocol of the Department of Arts and Culture and the guardians of national symbols and their display (the flag is one of them) the red is on the viewer's left. This is the international norm for flags when diplayed vertically to have the top on the viewer's left. I am sure that is what you meant and we are differing on merely the perspective.

      POLLENYS - 2011-08-25 14:45

      Jonathan, I think you are wrong. Check flag protocol. Hanging vertically you imagine the pole is at the top. If you then turn it 90 degrees to your left, the flag will be in the correct horisontal position. There is also a lot of protocal prescribing how to fly the flag with one other flag (SA flag left), with two other flags (SA flag middle), with multiple others (SA flag extreme left.) And then are also the nincompoops who thinks the blue must be on top. :-(((

      Howzitekse - 2011-08-26 08:49

      Who gives a hoot? Find something usefull to do with your lives.

      SirGibbs - 2011-08-26 22:49

      @Pollenys - not true. The red should indeed be on the left when hanging vertically. It has nothing to do with rotating the flag 90 degrees.

  • Chief Kok - 2011-08-25 13:54

    Haahahahahahahaha!!!!!! Flippen funny!!!!!

      terry - 2011-08-25 14:05

      If I were you I would watch your AB's when the national anthem is being played - most of them don't sing because they don't even know the words ........ because half the team were not even born in New Zealand. I would be embarrased if my national team did not know the words to the National Anthem.

      adrian.berghoff - 2011-08-25 14:34

      terry, you don't need a national anthem when you have the Haka.

      Will2.0 - 2011-08-25 15:03

      Looks like you also don't need the William Webb Ellis trophy when you have the haka. hakakakaka

      Grant - 2011-08-25 15:40

      @Wil2.0 - bwaaahaaahaaa!!!

      Chief Kok - 2011-08-25 15:40

      Ag Terry. Who cares? Go cry a river somewhere else.

      The J - 2011-08-26 10:38

      Flippin...Kok would have loved Solly Philander doing the Anthem...Wait a minute...Kok...?Are you Solly...?

  • Anneleen - 2011-08-25 13:55

    ...for goodness' sake...the artist did not bungle/butcher the words on purpose...he apologised and will still be feeling bad for a long time...let him off the hook, please.

  • Rump - 2011-08-25 13:58

    Storm in a teacup.

  • sonnyg - 2011-08-25 14:02

    This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Its not their fault the guy forgot the words. Even butchered the afrikaans part.

  • BryanJhb - 2011-08-25 14:04

    This is REDICULOUS!!!!! Why don't they hawl Zuma to parliament for all the embarrassment he has brought to the country, not least of all his sexual shenanigans!!!! And also all the other ANC elite btw Winnie speeding, the Gauteng premier not paying her speeding fines and not least of all all the stealing!!!

      Kleinboet - 2011-08-26 16:16

      It is ridiculous to haul the man before parlaiment. How can you prosecute a man who has the potential to do the job? OK, I overlooked the obvious: the man is white!

  • htiek - 2011-08-25 14:06

    Maybe the focus should be on how to improve sporting codes at grass roots level?...

  • chiepner - 2011-08-25 14:06

    I would be so angry if I had to pay the salary for these committee members who keeps on doing nothing but......O wait.......I AM!!!

  • Rightbydan - 2011-08-25 14:07

    Waste of time. Get over yourselves, politicians.

  • Redwine - 2011-08-25 14:07

    Firstly wtf is with singing an anthem at such event it hardly fits this is team selection that happens all the time. We have never sang any anthams at such occasions in the past. Secondly why are we insisting on getting these useless people to sing the antham anyway. It is not his genre. But no SS will always try to do things different. I am sure their are thousands of were well qualified classical singers that can render a good performance without trying to put a rap/rock/reggae twist to it. There is only one version just do it right or play a bloody recording of it it is that simple.

      POLAR_BEAR - 2011-08-25 14:20

      Spot on - who requested the anthem to be sung at this event? The whole event seemed a bit amateurish in any case. Other teams announced theor squad at a press conference.

  • Excl - 2011-08-25 14:07

    Im getting the popcorn...

      Mos - 2011-08-25 17:49

      Im getting the pizzas and coke.And the soapies continue ........

      darkwing - 2011-08-25 19:07

      Shall I bring the tissues?

  • Utopia - 2011-08-25 14:09

    Why doesn't parliament concern itself with the real issues affecting all citizens of this country? Quite frankly, I doubt whether many people know ALL the lyrics to our triple decker anthem.....who really cares anyway?

      Grant - 2011-08-25 15:45

      Quadruple-decker actually. Yup! FOUR languages... ;)

      Killer Bean - 2011-08-25 16:29

      5 Languages...Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Afrikaans, English

      Grant - 2011-08-25 18:29

      Pentuple-decker then!! My bad!! Ha ha ha... If I spoke one of the other 6 official languages NOT in the anthem, I'd be miffed!!

  • NV - 2011-08-25 14:10

    Ag please, get over it already.

  • burtfred - 2011-08-25 14:11

    Oh please. If he had bungled the Afrikaans words the parliamentarians wouldn't have said a word. The same parliamentarians that stole our money in Travelgate?

  • Herman - 2011-08-25 14:11

    foeitog...our parlement must have dealt with all important matters and is now attending to small leftover matters. The Guy appologised the nation understands, please do your Primary jobs, like monitoring service delivery

  • Raka13 - 2011-08-25 14:17

    It happend after the team announcement. Anyway, there are way more insulting and embarrissing things going on in Parlement that they should worry about. Wonder how many of the parlement couch sleepers knows all the words to our rainbow song?

  • MaanDonkie - 2011-08-25 14:18

    PS Oregan when you appear before the Portfolio committee ask them for a copy of the blue print for Bafana Bafana"s plan to win the next SWC. I believe it's printed on the back of a Chappies paper.

  • Butt - 2011-08-25 14:19

    why ask him to sing the anthem in the first place, there should be some sort of reheaesal dont u think.

  • call a spade - 2011-08-25 14:20

    This whole thing is being drummed up the media in total overreaction because they had nothing to fill the columns now that our old mate juju has being shut up. And my word, the anc like to witch hunt every mistake made by white people. They simply love this. And why should SARU and Supersport should be held accountable for an apologised mistake made by a third party. Mindless.

  • GT - 2011-08-25 14:24

    How about taking parliament to parliament for the shocking state of government in this country? Honestly and FFS and all that. Are this fat lazy pr-ks so self important that they would waste how much time and money because somebody fluffed their words in a song. The oke said sorry a thousands times, what else do they want? These are people who couldn't organise school text books to be delivered or cancer treatment to be run properly and they are bitching about this??? This irritates the bejezus out of me!

  • Leighton - 2011-08-25 14:25

    Government f-ups happen daily (watch the news and read news 24), yet nobody seems to take repsonsibilty. Ard skrewed up big time make no mistake but really to called to parliament infront of a comittee, is like asking a jay walker to be sentenced to death by a murderer. Lets move on and bring back the RWC (Ard to sing the anthem at the Final vs Australia)

  • JV - 2011-08-25 14:28

    Rediculous! Making such a big fuss over nothing. I guarantee you that "parliament" would've done absolutely buggerall if the AFRIKAANS, or even English part was mistakenly (not on purpose) bungeled. Oh wait...that already happended, didn't it Mr Dumisani? What happended after that shocking incident, nothing?

  • micki - 2011-08-25 14:30

    Oh my word, one would think the parliament has bigger issues to deal with than an honest human mistake. A pity FNB was'nt there to help him:-)

  • patthehat - 2011-08-25 14:31

    Ard is a legend and extemely patriotic about South Africa. Not to mention an awesome musician This was a mistake that he will never forget but I can see why the Governement is a little concerned. They need to make sure slipups are not allowed to happen again, the guy in France wasw hiddious

  • Stella - 2011-08-25 14:32

    Jeeeeez guys get over it, the guy made a mistake he did not kill the president.

  • jochem - 2011-08-25 14:33

    Leave the poor man in peace now. He buggered up and admitted, more than those in Parliament can say!

  • talkischeap - 2011-08-25 14:33

    Lol what's next. As if these people dont have anything better to do with their time.

  • derkus - 2011-08-25 14:38

    Ard Matthews our next Minister of Music Art and Culture

  • muriel.farquharson - 2011-08-25 14:40

    Build a bridge and get over it - I would also be nervous.

  • Kiljoy - 2011-08-25 14:43

    So why was Ras Dumisani,not hauled before the honourable committee ? Is it perhaps because Ard is White & Dumisani Black.Why must politics always be involved in sport ? P.S. Before I'm accused of pulling the race card,for the record I'm a black South African !

      Kenno - 2011-08-25 14:48

      @ kiljoy.. Spot on ! This is even more pathetic that Juju!

      Bootman - 2011-08-25 19:57

      Kiljoy you're not just a black South African, you're a balck, dumb South African. As is clearly stated in numerous other posts, Ras was not asked by SARU to sing the anthem. This was arranged by the French. Also, Ard Mathews is not appearing before parliament. SARU and Supersport is. @ Kenno - I dont care whether you're black or white, you're just stupid for agreeing with Kiljoy.

  • Drewka - 2011-08-25 14:43

    Parliament's portfolio committee has no place in SARU. WTF the guy made a mistake, apologised and thats that. Freaken ANC don't own SA rugby, so back the faak off.

  • crocoros - 2011-08-25 14:46

    Lets see how quick the matter gets the attention. There are more pressing issues that are waiting to be discussed and the President must not be put under pressure to handle this one.

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-08-25 14:49

    Ard is an agent..down with agents down. Away with agents , away.....

  • denlyn - 2011-08-25 14:51

    There must be a list of sucessful artists that have sung the anthem. Use them on a rotational basis to save embarresment. Then train others to join the elite list.

  • Cheryl Muir - 2011-08-25 14:55

    PDV IS AN AGENT....TOO MANY WHITES IN THE SQUAD, THEREFORE I SUPPORT THE AB'S. Whiteys only represent 10% of our nation so that means a max of 10 players out of the squad of 30. PDV go back and do the maths. Afrikaner whites are about 50% of white so hald the white should be English speaking.Luke Watson should be captin with Odwa Ndugne vice cptain. That way the boks could conquer the world. It is time for the Afrikner to step down from its imaginary supremcist role. An dthat includes Ard and his sabotage diry tricks agenda....GO, SONNY BILL!

      bullincapeto - 2011-08-25 16:56

      According to you there should be women, old age pensioners and children in the team.Now someone with a braincell or a bit of stats knowledge would say, lets work out the number of rugby players in SA, THEN you can work out the the percentages of racial groups PLAYING RUGBY.It is a fact that rugby at the moment is played mainly by whites. What about some pale faces in Bafana?? Cheryl you are the weakest link, goodbye!

      Cheryl Muir - 2011-08-25 20:28

      why arent the top schools 90% black by now...then u will see the black man is far tougher than fat boers who sit on their FAT asses all day while we work as their slaves...we are rstricted BY POVERTY to township schools bcause your boer aprtheid govt put us there ND MADE US if u r a true s african you will swap and let me come and liv in your durbanville mansion instead..dont worry our malema is working on it...go ALL BLACKS!

      GraemeBB - 2011-08-25 22:48

      @Cheryl - I can see why you are where you are. And your saviour Mr Malema will drag you down to the lowest level you cant even imagine. Your children will be just another hungry and cold statistic of this country. The black man rules in almost every area in SA these days - but god forbid that the white man dominate one successful area, beit one sport type, and we have the losers in life like yourself moaning your silly ass off. You dont know rugby, nor do you care - it is about taking in as much as you can - greed - eat it all - it is all yours. Now, you think you are some sort of freedom fighting hero with your remarks, but, it is the likes of you that will be the downfall of this country. Gee, you have so much hate. I would love to see your face when Malema and his cronnies destroy this land, and the future of an entire country, like in Zim. Support NZ, I dont care about people like you. The famine is comming, and dont think you will escape it. What hate you have, and you said it yourself, for money.

  • Tired - 2011-08-25 15:00

    Feel sorry for the young man..nervous got the best of him. don't get the feeling it was purposefully.

  • Andy - 2011-08-25 15:00

    Unsafe taxis would be a far more appropriate agenda item for this august body.Sweating the small stuff is simply small minded.Your country could implode yet you busy yourselves with triviality.

  • Darren - 2011-08-25 15:01

    I want parliament to explain the "debacle" for their stuffing up our country…freaking CHOPS!

  • Coconut - 2011-08-25 15:05

    What the hell has it got to do with SARU or Supersport that this prick made such a hash of the National Anthem. For goodness sake why waste tax payers money. Neither SARU nor Supersport sang the anthem nor did they teach the prick the words. The prick just made a hash of it just like the other prick who made a hash of it. Put it behind and move on.

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  • RM - 2011-08-25 15:08

    Get Claire Johnston from Mango Groove to sing the National Anthem!!

      LiraShea - 2011-08-26 07:49

      She really does it best :)

  • Chief Belebe - 2011-08-25 15:11

    Will bringing SARU and SuperSport before Parliament solves the problem? I dont think so. My take is most South Africans dont know how to sing their National Anthem, period. Most people would argue but hey i dont need more convincing that the results itself. The reason being you South Africans dont respect your National Anthem neither The National Flag. Singing The Anthem is talking to our Almighty God to help our Nation and Africa and yet you would find most people think its just a norm to sing it. In my country the National Anthem and the National Flag are the two most respected virtues that not a single person would want to mess up with. For instance, when the school kids are at the Assembly and singing the Anthem everyone passing by stops and leave anything holding or carrying down to the ground, stands attention and sing along the National Anthem. Such was how i grew up and will brought up my kids and their kids to come. That way you would find everyone young and old understands, sings and respect our National Anthem. And that is to be a Proud citizen of a Nation and not what you others seem to be. Shame on you! I'll bet to find one or two on the Parliament Portfolio itself who dont even know how to sing the National Anthem. Hehehedee.......!!!!!!!!!!

  • Asil - 2011-08-25 15:13

    I still say this wouldn't have happened if the Bokke weren't all forced to wear those utterly ridiculous caps that made them look like a bunch of schoolboy pilots. The poor guy couldn't sing because he was laughing so much inside...

  • parkavenue - 2011-08-25 15:16

    Yes, he f%$cked up and was first to admit it.There are a helluva lot more serious issues that need attention in parliament though.

  • williamq - 2011-08-25 15:16

    I think the idiots that serve on the Parliamentary Committee suffer from little small man syndrome.

  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-08-25 15:17

    You have to be kidding me? Over this? Seriously? Although....I suppose if this was in the 70's both Ard and the committee would just disappear....