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Bono backs Malema’s "shoot the boer" song

D 13 February 2011     H 23:17     A Corine/Dead     C 0 messages

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Irish pop singer Bono caused a stir in South Africa on Sunday after expressing support for the singing of an anti-apartheid struggle song that includes the lyrics "shoot the boer".

The song has been at the centre of a politically charged controversy in South Africa, where the firebrand leader of the ruling party’s youth league is locked in a legal battle with a white lobby group over whether the song should be banned as hate speech.

The U2 frontman, who is in Johannesburg ahead of a Sunday night concert for the band’s 360 Degrees Tour, said in an interview with South Africa’s Sunday Times that struggle music like the "shoot the farmer" song has a place.

"I was a kid and I’d sing songs I remember my uncles singing... rebel songs about the early days of the Irish Republican Army," he said, proceeding to sing a song whose lyrics spoke of carrying guns and readying them for action.

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