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Bono OK’s “Kill The Boer”

Bono raises his fist in solidarity with the Marxist Nelson Mandela

Rock singer Bono has said that the ANC anthem “Kill the Boer,” which has been banned as hate speech in South Africa, is ok to sing – under the right circumstances.

“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,” the U2 frontman told South Africa’s Sunday Times.

“We sang this and it’s fair to say it’s folk music… as this was the struggle of some people that sang it over some time,” he said, after singing an old Irish song whose lyrics spoke of carrying guns and readying them for action.

However, Bono added that singing the song could only be acceptable, given the right perspective and circumstances.

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“Would you want to sing that in a certain community? It’s pretty dumb,” he said.

“It’s about where and when you sing those songs. There’s a rule for that kind of music.”

The song was revived in 2009 by ANCYL Julius Malema, who sang it at several demonstrations directed at White groups in the country. Despite insistences from the ruling ANC Party that “Kill the Boer” is a legitimate part of their historical battle against Apartheid, a South African High Court banned the song as hate speech in March 2010 because it directs violence against a particular ethnic group, the White-Afrikaner-Boer.

Tensions surrounding the debate over the song have been blamed by some in playing a role in inciting the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche in April 2010. The two Black farmer workers accused of the murder claim they are innocent.

Bono, whose next concert in South Africa is scheduled for February 18 in Cape Town, was part of the Artists United Against Apartheid movement in the late 1980s. That group raised more than US$1 million by releasing a record calling for artists to not perform in the resort town of Sun City.

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  1. Mr Jones says

    As a long time hater of Boner it seems he simply wants some media attention and so feels the need to express his pathetic unrealistic anti-white views. Let’s face it, his music is shit. He should give all of his millions of wealth away and then live as a poor white person in the genocidal republic of south africa and then see what he thinks.

  2. Cornelius says

    Imagine Bono gets to buy a farm in SA or Zimbabwe… And his wife getting raped, and his parents burned alive because some artist that does not live there, nor understand the extreme sensitivity says it’s OK for people to sing songs that motivate murder… We will never move forward, if such irresponsible things happen! Bono, you don’t know much about SA, not enough. If you did you would have tried to irradicate hate and promote piece, you showed your true colour. I pray that the Almighty will forgive you, you now have blood on your hands.

  3. Ria says

    Bono – may the wrath of the white God ruin all your shows in South Africa – may you land in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night and may your god be with you – because they would not ask you are you south african or not! Your skin is white – and therefore you will pay for crimes that people like you instigate.

  4. Ed says

    Dear Bozo, (alias bono)
    You are an absolute afterbirth of human scum, as said above go live in the hell hole that is South Africa without all your bodyguards etc and go try life on the farms there.
    By the way if the Boer’s are killed who feeds the multitude of people in the country the ANC government cant do it – which they have proved in their inept rule since 1994.
    Bono take a drive round Jo’burg by yourself & I hope a car hijacker puts a 9mm hollow point or Ak47 7.62 through your thick ignorant pig skull you turd.

  5. gus says

    this clown bono instead of encouraging murder should correctly explain why millions of $ been donated to DARFUR a lot thru his pleas,has apparently gone missing ,he has shown anti white south african tendencies for a long time.

  6. Philoctetes says

    Ireland is BRITISH and always will be. The Irish are a race of alcoholic houligans. This mick harp is correct linking the terrorist bomb throwing plastique planting IRA with the terrorist machine gun shooting ANC. I have no problem with that. Two filthy terrorist organizations are equal.

    • john says

      Ireland is IRISH you moron – that’s why it’s called Ireland and not Britain. Of course, such idiocy is to be expected from you. The struggle for freedom and independence in Ireland is a political struggle – the mass murders in south Africa are just that – murders. If England would simply get out of Ireland – the problem would end. There would be no attempts at continuing to murder englishmen based on their race. [and btw, we're of the same basic race anyway]
      Interesting that you call the Irish a race, and it’s OK to wrongly subjugate THAT race…

  7. FireFox says

    Perhaps we’ll get lucky and someone will apply the song to him!

  8. ByeByeBonobo says

    Wish Bonobo would disappear.

  9. Philoctetes says

    @ BONO: POG MO THOIN!!!!

  10. Riaan du Plessis says

    Yes, I like being a minority in South Africa and having the majority singing that they want to kill my kind. It gives me such a warm feeling in my hart.

  11. Frank says

    kill Bono ,and U2…..nice man,of course,under the right circumstances..I dont know whether to laugh or cry ?

  12. Aleks Bulovic' says

    Might as well pick up the gun yourself and kill us off with that kind of talk!
    I’m bitterly disappointed!

  13. Monica says

    How could a public figure that is supposed to be a humatarian make such a remark. Has he got ANY Idea what implications this song has for South Africans? He makes me sick!

  14. Chris Rogan says

    flippen Bonehead. 100000 white people attend your show at soccer city and you’re ok with wishing them dead under the right circumstances!

    How can it be right to sing a revolutionary song almost 20 years after the fact by a generation who weren’t even a part of the struggle?

    Oh well Bonehead you’ve cast your lot with Julius who is internationally renowned for being Africa’s biggest fool, you saved me the effort of having to call you one.

  15. Didi says

    Maybe musicians should stick to what they know and leave our sensitive system for us to handle. Go back to Ireland and go sing your folk songs. You would be beter off there.

  16. Mishi says

    Bono,

    Who are you to come to our country and pretend that you know ANYTHING? Have you looked in the mirror lately you idiot? YOU ARE WHITE! A “boer” does not necessarily mean an Afrikaner – it means WHITE… Our country have had enough struggle under the ANC and we dont need a twat like you to come and cause more problems. Go back to your own bloody country you piece of garbage. At the end of the day- you still white my friend… and in this country it doesnt matter whether you from a foreign country…. its the colour of your skin.
    YOU SMUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Mishi says

    Bono,

    Who are you to come to our country and pretend that you know ANYTHING? Have you looked in the mirror lately you idiot? YOU ARE WHITE! A “boer” does not necessarily mean an Afrikaner – it means WHITE… Our country have had enough struggle under the ANC and we dont need a twat like you to come and cause more problems. Go back to your own bloody country you piece of garbage. At the end of the day- you still white my friend… and in this country it doesnt matter whether you from a foreign country…. its the colour of your skin. By the way you IDIOT….. 95% of your supporters in this Country ARE WHITE! Stick to what you know best!
    YOU SMUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Dennis says

    Bono definitely knows nothing about racist murders in SA. He is really stupid if he thinks Malema’s dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer) is an anthem or folk song. He has no respect for victims of racist murders here. If he wants to sing such “folk songs” here’s one to sing to the tune of dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer):

    dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer) is a SLOGAN specifically intended to incite xenophobic killing of Whites. It is 100% racist and NOT cultural and is not a song. It is especially offensive to non-BLACKS who opposed the Apartheid government, but have since been victims of racist crimes.

    Fuck U2 Bono
    he has shit for brains
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    Fuck U2 Bono
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    Fuck U2 Bono
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    he has shit for brains
    he is a rapist
    he is a rapist
    Fuck U2 Bono
    he has shit for brains
    oh yeah

    Ayasab’ amagwala (the cowards are scared)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    ayeah
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot )
    ayasab ‘a magwala (the cowards are scared)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    awu yoh
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
    awe mama iyeah (oh mother)
    awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
    awe mama iyo (oh mother)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
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    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Ayasab’ amagwala (the cowards are scared)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot )
    ayeah
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    ayasab ‘a magwala (the cowards are scared)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    iii yoh
    dubula dubala (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
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    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
    awe mama iyo (oh mother)
    awe mama ndiyekele (mother leave me be)
    awe mama iyo (oh mother)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Ziyarapa lezinja (these dogs are raping)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    ay iyeah
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Ziyarapa lezinja (these dogs are raping)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    ay iiiyo
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Aw dubul’ibhunu (shoot the Boer)
    dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Ayasab’ amagwala (the cowards are scared)
    Dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Ay iyeah
    Dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Ayasab’ amagwala (the cowards are scared)
    Dubula dubula (shoot shoot)
    Ay iyeah

  19. Neil Parker says

    Dear Mr Bono

    Please understand we are not talking history here. We are talking about ongoing and completely unacceptably violent attacks on South African farmers which at this stage cannot be justified by any kind of political and/or ‘struggle’ rhetoric. Please also understand, respect and appreciate the court ruling which takes into account the real and present violence being perpetrated in our county. Don’t try to justify or defend the unjustifiable however popular it might make you in front of the crowds. And don’t be surprised if the next farm murder is committed and/or orchestrated by someone who attended your concert with its message of peace, love and understanding interspersed with ‘cool to kill’ (under the right circumstances of course!) subliminals. Why do think Mandela’s ANC forbade the song – go ask the man himself!

  20. Dave says

    Time to put the no back into bono.

    http://www.makebonohistory.org/

  21. Carlo says

    It’s ok for the Irish to sing these type of songs because the killing has stopped ages ago. Bono, perhaps you were misinformed, but they are still killing farmers and rape their wife’s and daughters on a weekly basis! It was predominantly whites who used to buy your music, not the unemployed, poor, hopeless black without a future who sings these songs and get inspired to “kill the boer” !!

  22. Charles says

    Bono’s remarks and views are utterly rediculous. How is it at all acceptable or appropriate to be singing and chanting songs of war and murder whether behind closed doors or in public in a country that is supposed to be a flourishing democracy, a rainbow nation as we are supposed to be seen and measured by the world. He is clueless and has no idea how dangerous his seemingly innocent comment is. 1 world cup and everything is peachy. You have no idea. Wake up you ignorant fool. Outraged EX u2 fan…and you can shove your tickets. I will sell them for profit to some white hating black person and there are millions of them so it will be an easy sale. Clearly we know who your target audience is.

  23. Adrian Goodway says

    Being a white male in south africa and being afrikaans, I am shocked that someone educated in a first world country can be so undeniably retarded. I have tickets to your show bono, all my life I have been a fan of your music…..it ends now! pray you never meet me in the street. Or better still, pray your family is not raped, hacked up, persecuted 21 years after appartheid was abolished. hope you sleep well tonight, I personally know more than 15 families who have lost loved ones to senseless, race motivated crime, none of them sleep well anymore. I am now going to go wipe my ass with your tickets bono, its all they worth to me now.

  24. Jon says

    A lot of hatred here towards Bono, and unfortunately its the Media fault.

    if you you really hate the “kill the boer” song, and never want it to be sung in public, and want rules to be made against it, then you should LOVE Bonos statement, because he actually said that.

    The media THRIVES off out-of-context headlines, because it sells. They could’ve easily called the Headline “Bono against singing hatred songs in Public”, and I bet there wouldn’t have be any “stir”. But that wouldn’t sell well, would it?

  25. Enpassant says

    bono is a fucking ignorant ass hole who does not know what he’s talking about. Please boycott this pop hole.

  26. john robinson says

    Being a white south african, the way these niggers act here is completely out of context, for hundreds of years this country was the breadbasket of the african continent, now it is the rape capital of the world, that goes to show you what happens when blacks gain complete control. If any liberals reading this post think that it’s racist and close minded, why don’t you hop on the next plane to capetown and take a look for yourself. We (whites) are under a complete assault, they’re trying to anniliate us. Get some information bono before you go making ignorant statements like that.

    • Ben says

      I just had a patient leave our office, just move here (United States) from S. Africa and he mirrors your sentiments exactly (as I do)………They are surely no but a generation or two from the trees……Stay strong S. Africa!!!

    • oog says

      You are a close-minded racist John.
      Bono is a dick and what he said is retarded, but I’m a white foreigner living in Cape Town for the past 3 years and white people are NOT under complete assault here.

      That is not to say that there aren’t racist attacks against white people in South Africa that are unacceptable, which is why Bono’s remarks are out of order. However, you must take into account the historic and continued (at least economic) oppression of non-whites in this country as reasons (NOT excuses) for these unacceptable attacks against white people. These attacks are not necessarily what happens “when blacks gain complete control”, but more to do with hundreds of years of whites enslaving and raping the native community of this country.

      I bet you live in a nice enough house with electricity, running water and sewage, not to mention with access to the internet and many other luxuries. Once you acknowledge that your privileged life is a result of past enslavement and rape of the people you disgustingly refer as “niggers”, you will understand that it is NOT “completely out of context” and take a major first step towards becoming a human being.

      • etherinnering says

        Guess that depends on how you define “complete assault”. And you don’t win an argument by insulting your opponent.
        “… bet you live in a nice enough house with electricity, running water and sewage, not to mention with access to the internet and many other luxuries….”

        Yes, right. All brought into being by White people.

        • oog says

          well, what do you define as “complete assault”? You don’t win arguments by being vague and unsubstantial.

          Yes, brought into being by white people.. onto land they stole, using commodities and resources they’ve usurped, and maintained by the continued oppression of native non-whites. This does not just apply to South Africa: how do you think Europe and ‘the West’ are able to maintain their 1st World status if not on the back of exploitation of 3rd World communities? Today’s neo-liberal economic policies are perpetuating the colonialism (rape and pillage of resources using cheap or near slave labour) that was traditionally achieved by force… and, not surprisingly, it is still us whites that are benefiting.

          Learn your history, get some perspective, and smell the bullshit you’re shovelling.

          • Anita says

            Did you know that most of the black people in South-Africa are actually illegal aliens from neighbouring African countries? Did you also know that these individuals don’t pay taxes, but do receive electricity for free (courtesy of the hard-working, tax paying citizens of the country)? Obviously you didn’t know this, and I invite you to go learn YOUR history and gain some perspective.

          • K-9-Commando says

            Yes, but the resources does not mean anything without the Equipment to attain them. We whites are here in SA now, a country we also helped to build up from the ground.

            We have been out of Europe for long enough and fought enough battles to gain our independance we cannot just disappear from the face of the earth because some racist freaks wants us to.

            All you racist (this one goes both ways) jerks should wake up and smell the coffee, SA is multi-racial, we can’t build a country if we use the past to keep digging in the past. We shouldlearn from the past but not let it obscure our future.

            @ Oog; you are shoveling so deep in the past by referring to colonialism that you are digging up fossils. Colonialism is a pathetic excuse for what’s going on today.

  27. John says

    What a naive idiot this U2 guy is.

    Let us sing : “Kill the U2 band members “. (Of course, we will sing it only under the right circumstances).

    Sounds great , or not ???

  28. Louis says

    I cant believe i spend so much money on tickets and travel to go attend your show! im no longer a fan after so many years! i wish bad karma your way!

  29. Ben van Vuuren says

    Disgusting comments Bono. Go to a farm in South Africa and live there for a year. without your bodyguards etc. You coward!

  30. Maeve says

    I think it’s really funny that EVERYONE has missed the fact that Bono called Julius Malema dumb. Go back and read the article AGAIN. It just goes to show how violent things are in SA. The fact that people reacted like they did makes me pretty negative about our future here. Us as “whiteys” should really know better than to jump on the media band wagon and follow like sheep without using our own individual brains. Come on – we benefited from apartheid education – let’s put it to good use so we can turn things around and put the people that didn’t in the right direction!

  31. Andre from Cape Town says

    You stupid prick, he deserves to have a nice NECKLACE put around his neck by one of these savages and then to be set alight. Then lets see how far that gets him being a N*GGER LOVER that he is. You are a disgrace you white k*ffer, that’s all you are, real scum. All he has is a little short man syndrome!! All you are you little Irish devil is a little man who wears high heels shoes to cover up your lack of stature. You nothing better than a little cock sucker you Irish white scum!!

  32. J Wrede says

    Bono, my husband, and many other women’s husbands, have been murdered by the very people that sing “kill the Boer” – you now have the blood of our husbands’ on your hands. I hope you are very proud of yourself. This is NOT a struggle song – but a song that inspires, plain and simply, murder!!!

  33. Philoctetes says

    Can somebody tell me, “Who the hell is Bono”? I never heard of him!!

  34. Dave says

    Kill the Boer song is aimed at white south africans – funny it isn’t reported as racist . Now if on the other hand Bono had to sing kill the blacks kill the zulu – this would be seen as racist . In other words it’s only racist if white people say and do nasty things to black people , not the other way round

  35. etherinnering says

    Here is Malema singing that song again:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm9nUhTFYfM

  36. Lock says

    Bono. What an idiot. He is condoning the Kill the Boer Kill the Farmer song, but only in the right context. Like singing it in Zimbabwe, where the population is starving because all the farmers are gone. Or singing it at a political gathering like a ANC Youth Rally, not in a bar in a farming town like Ventersdorp, because he would get hurt. It’s the same as singing Kill the Pope, Kill a Catholic. OK as long as it’s not in Belfast. I’m sure Hitler would also now be claiming his Kill A Jew campaign was just for political expediency to gather the popular vote. It was not his fault that it was taken out of context. Any statement made to incite racial religious violence is wrong Bono. No matter where you make it. Kill a Bonehead Kill the BONO!
    Dec 1 2010 – LINDLEY, Free State. The executed body of 3-year-old Willemien Potgieter was found on Thursday together with the bodies of her murdered parents Attie, 40 and Wilma, 36 on the farm Tweefontein, between Lindley and Steynsrus. The black male killers left behind a message in Sotho: “We killed them. We will be back.’ Mr Potgieter, a scion of a well-respected Boer-Voortrekker family, did not own the farm: he was supervising it. The Boer wife and child were shot to death execution-style: the farmer was beaten to death. A farm worker discovered the massacre on Thursday said SAPS sergeant Majang Mosupa. East-Free State police said the Afrikaans family very likely was murdered by a large group of black males a earlier. Six people are expected to appear in court after the police arrested them on the farm and three more were arrested in Lindley. The murderers took the little girl alone to an outside room and shot her dead – execution style with a shot to the back of her little head. Beeld newspaper apologetically explained – without providing any proof — that this ‘was probably done so that the killers would not be identified by the little girl later.’ They then took her little body and dumped it on top of her murdered mother in the main bedroom of the homestead. The killers hacked the father to death, probably with a panga, outside the homestead near the backdoor.

  37. Mary says

    Wonder how Bono would feel about the English having a song about “kill the Irish”…….

  38. Zak says

    Kill the Boer is not the ANC anthem – it is a war cry. How would Bono feel obout a song encouraging the bombing of Catholic bars? That twat is fine with the murder of old people, wonmen and children. Has he seen the statistics? Where there is no brains there is no love. U2 is going to Canada next – we will make sure that the public is aware of this issue.

  39. etherinnering says

    Just listen how Bono tries to dodge the issue here:
    http://www.pod702.co.za/podcast/bestofredi/20110216BESTREDIBONO.mp3

  40. Philoctetes says

    “There once was a Bantu named Nelson” ,

    Hey, that’s a catchy limerick!!
    Can somebody end it for me and add a tune to it?

    Like:
    There once was a man from Australia,
    Who painted his ass like a dahlia,
    The color was fine
    Likewise the design,
    But the aroma- ahhh that was a failure!!!

  41. Ally says

    I am soooo disgusted I can vomit… Im sick of the n*ggers! Go fuck yourselves you whole dumb lot!

    Please no hate speech. TIA! - Admin

  42. BOERSEUN.ZAR says

    Bono jy gaan in die hof staan jou foken bliksim. BOERSEUN.ZAR.1652

  43. Mbulunganga ya SWAPO says

    .
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  44. Stowe says

    What an a-hole. And take off those stupid glasses.

  45. Josie says

    Never liked Bono. Now I really despise him. That @ss-kisser approving of a song that advocates the genocide of an entire race. His karma will come home to roost, and it won’t be pretty.

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