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Dubul' ibhunu

Dubul' ibhunu, also known as Shoot the Boer, is a controversial South African song. The intended meaning of the song as well as who it is supposed to refer to is disputed. Critics of the song state that is calls for and celebrates violence against the minority white population in South Africa, [1] whilst supporters of the song state that it is a liberation song that articulates legitimate and non-violent expression of protest that constitutes an important part of South Africa's history.[1][2] Depending on the interpretation the song might refer to institutional structures such as the National Party dominated apartheid era government of South Africa or any system of white supremacy and racial oppression; or to specific groups of people such as members of the South African Police Force and Army during apartheid, Boer people, Afrikaners, white farmers, or white South Africans generally.[1][3] It is similar to, although not to be confused with, the controversial slogan "One Settler, One Bullet".

History

The song originates in the struggle against apartheid when it was first sung to protest the Afrikaans dominated apartheid government of South Africa.[3]

In post-apartheid South Africa the song has been most notably sung by then African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema[4] and then South African President Jacob Zuma.[5] Critics of the song such as AfriForum and TAU-SA state the song encourages and can be partly blamed for the problem of violent attacks on South African farms.[1] The word "boer" means "farmer" in Afrikaans and has a connotation of white farmers generally in South Africa. It is also sometimes used as a pejorative term to refer to a white Afrikaans person.[6][better source needed]

In 2011 the South Gauteng High Court ruled that the song was discriminatory, harmful, undermined dignity of Afrikaners and thereby constituted hate speech.[7] The court ruled that Julius Malema, who was brought before the court for previously singing the song at a rally, was not allowed to sing it in the future.[7] Following the ruling Malema changed the wording of the song to "Kiss the Boer" and sang that instead.[8] The following year the African National Congress stated that they would not sing the song any more.[8]

Lyrics

Dubul' ibhunu
Original[9] English[9]
Ayasab' amagwala

dubula dubula

ayeah

dubula dubula

ayasab 'a magwala

dubula dubula

awu yoh

dubula dubula

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula 

aw dubul'ibhunu 

dubula dubula


awe mama ndiyekele

awe mama iyeah

awe mama ndiyekele 

awe mama iyo

aw dubul'ibhunu 

dubula dubula

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula

aw dubul'ibhunu 

dubula dubula

Ayasab' amagwala

dubula dubula

ayeah

dubula dubula 

ayasab 'a magwala

dubula dubula

iii yoh

dubula dubala 

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula 

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula 

aw dubul'ibhunu 

dubula dubula


awe mama ndiyekele 

awe mama iyo

awe mama ndiyekele

awe mama iyo

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula 

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula

aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula


Ziyarapa lezinja

dubula dubula

ay iyeah

dubula dubula

Ziyarapa lezinja 

dubula dubula 

ay iiiyo

dubula dubula

Aw dubul'ibhunu

dubula dubula

Aw dubul'ibhunu 

dubula dubula

Aw dubul'ibhunu 

dubula dubula

Aw dubul'ibhunu 

dubula dubula


Ayasab' amagwala

Dubula dubula

Ay iyeah

Dubula dubula

Ayasab' amagwala

Dubula dubula

Ay iyeah

The cowards are scared

shoot shoot

ayeah

shoot shoot

the cowards are scared

shoot shoot

awu yoh

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot


mother leave me be

oh mother

mother leave me be

oh mother

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

the cowards are scared

shoot shoot

ayeah

shoot shoot

the cowards are scared

shoot shoot

iii yoh

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot


mother leave me be

oh mother

mother leave me be

oh mother

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot


these dogs are raping

shoot shoot

ay iyeah

shoot shoot

these dogs are raping

shoot shoot

ay iiiyo

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot

shoot the Boer

shoot shoot


the cowards are scared

shoot shoot

Ay iyeah

shoot shoot

the cowards are scared

shoot shoot

Ay iyeah

References

  1. ^ a b c d Quintal, Genevieve. "'Shoot the boer': Lost in translation?". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  2. ^ Msila, Vuyisile (20 September 2011). "Mini and the song: The place of protest song in history" (PDF). www.sahistory.org.za. UNISA. p. 13. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  3. ^ a b Brkic, Branko. "'Kill the Boer': a brief history". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  4. ^ Sapa-AFP, Staff Reporter. "'Shoot the boer': It's hate speech, says judge". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  5. ^ "Hate speech charge laid against Jacob Zuma". News24. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  6. ^ van Zuydam, Lali (22 November 2013). "Don't call me a boer". www.iol.co.za. Pretoria News. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  7. ^ a b Sapa-AFP, Staff Reporter. "'Shoot the boer': It's hate speech, says judge". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  8. ^ a b Smith, David (2012-11-01). "South Africa: ANC promises to stop singing Shoot the Boer". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  9. ^ a b "English translation of Aw Dubul'ibhunu | IOL News". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 2019-03-16.