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Bono in South African rebel song row

The U2 frontman has sparked anger among white interest groups after appearing to support the singing of a controversial song called ‘Shoot the Boer’.

Bono performs in Johannesburg last night
Bono performs in Johannesburg last night
Image: AP Photo/Jerome Delay

OUTSPOKEN VIEWS ARE his speciality but rock star Bono may have gone too far with his latest comments sparking anger amongst some South Africans.

The U2 frontman’s support of the controversial liberation song ‘Shoot the Boer’ has angered white interest groups in the former apatheid state who claim that it is an incitement to shoot and kill farmers, reports The Guardian.

In an interview with the South African Sunday Times, Bono said there was nothing wrong with singing such songs having done it himself in his youth:

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.

Bono did add that it would not be wise to sing such songs at public gatherings but the remarks have not gone down well.

The song in question ‘Shoot the Boer’ (Boer is Afrikaans for farmer) has been at the centre of a row involving Julius Malema, the youth leader of the governing African National Congress, who was last year accused of hate speech for his renditions of the anti-apartheid lyrics.

Minority white interest groups have accused Bono of meddling in an issue he does not understand.

Undeterred, U2 performed to 98,000 fans at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg last night.

However, one person who wasn’t there was Steve Hofmeyr,  a well known Afrikaans singer, who dumped his €500 tickets in a nearby river and made his feelings clear via Twitter:

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