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Malema support's EFF's demand on the word "Die Stem"

JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema defended his party's attempt to have a component of the apartheid national hymn removed from the current anthem, claiming that it was not about the words, but rather about the past.

Malema provided an update on the EFF's coalition talks, during which the party submitted non-negotiable cardinal pillars.

So far, the EFF and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) have established enough agreement to work together in a number of hanging municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.

The EFF has presented a list of conditions to every party it has met with before agreeing to form a coalition government.

The African National Congress (ANC) wants a state bank established, the reserve bank nationalized, and "Die Stem" removed from the national anthem, all of which must be accomplished within a year.

Julius Malema, the party's leader, stated that this was not an attempt to exclude Afrikaans.

"We're not suggesting that Afrikaans be removed; rather, we're suggesting that 'Die Stem' be removed. We can enlist the help of others to write an Afrikaans version, a lovely, new Afrikaans song "Malema clarified.

But none of this is going to happen because the EFF's talks with the ANC have broken down, and the red berets have stated that they would not resume.

Despite ActionSA's claims that it will be able to reach an agreement with the EFF, the EFF says it is still at the negotiating table with Herman Mashaba.

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