‘When workers demonstrate, they should be allowed to sing revolutionary songs because racism has not yet been defeated in the workplace’

On Thursday, the Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal by the company that fired nine employees five years ago for singing a struggle song that rejoiced in “hitting the boer”.

Duncanmec‚ a Johannesburg company manufacturing refuse-handling equipment‚ dismissed the employees in 2013 after they embarked on an unprotected strike due to an overtime dispute.

The workers, who were members the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), were not dismissed because of the unprotected strike‚ but rather for singing a struggle song in isiZulu‚ which in English translates to “Climb on top of the roof and tell them my mother is rejoicing when we hit the boer”.

 

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