Another expression of South Africas diversity is the South African national anthem itself. The South Africa’s national anthem is called Nkosi Sekelel’ iAfrika, which means “Lord bless Africa”.
The South African anthem is sung in five different languages. The first stanza is in Xhosa and Zulu, the second in Sesotho, the third in Afrikaans and the fourth in English.
The original Nkosi Sekelel’ iAfrika was written 1897, by a native Methodist school teacher named Enoch Sontonga.
At first a church hymn, it was later put into a political context against the apartheid regime. Until 1994, the 1918 composed South African anthem, called Die Stem van Suid-Afrika/The Call of South Africa, was sole national anthem.
Under the Government of Nelson Mandela however, the two songs were united to one, which is the national anthem “Nkosi Sekelel’ iAfrika” we know today.