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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.

Reuters

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