AfriForum and the Transvaal Agricultural Union have complicated a simple matter. Judge Colin Lamont further complicated it.
The matter of the song was not supposed to have been taken to court. A judgment that would have forced the parties to dialogue about the matter would have been a win-win one, but the one we got is a recipe for disaster.
Firstly, there is a difference between a song and a speech. When you give a meaning to a song, you just cannot apply the method you use with a speech. If you do, chances are the meaning of the song will be lost in translation.
There are so many songs that you cannot give a literal meaning to. In fact, most songs across all genres cannot be literally interpreted. And this is the case whether the meaning at the ultimate end would be a "positive" or a "negative" one, the fact is literal interpretation misses the point in so many songs.
Now, why must this particular song be interpreted literally, Judge Lamont? In court the …