South Africa bars anti-Indian song

JOHANNESBURG JULY 3. South Africa's film and publication board has barred a pop song, which portrays minority Indians as oppressors of black people, from being sold to anyone below 18 years.

The song — ``Ama-Ndiya'' (Indians) — by popular local composer Mbongeni Ngema has stirred emotions in a country still deeply divided along racial lines after decades of white minority rule.

The board, in a statement, said that its classification committee found the song's Zulu lyrics ``advocating hatred based on race and constituted incitement to cause harm''. The song accuses Indians of leaving no room for Africans to open businesses and urged ``brave men'' to ``confront'' the Indians.

The former President, Nelson Mandela, said last month that the song pandered to the same prejudices that underpinned the apartheid system of white rule which ended in 1994.


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