Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has vowed that his party will never sing “Die Stem”, despite it being part of the national anthem.
Malema was replying on Tuesday to a complaint from Deputy Justice Minister Thabang Makwetla.
Makwetla earlier called for the EFF to be called to order for not respecting the “Die Stem” part of the anthem.
This was after EFF MPs sat down during parts of the singing of the national anthem during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address last week.
Makwetla said this was in contravention of the Constitution.
Malema said the EFF members had made a decision not to sing that part of the anthem. “We will never sing Die Stem. No court can force us to sing a song of the apartheid murderers. We won’t,” he told Parliament.