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Air anthem for moral regeneration: MP

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ANC MP Lindiwe Michelle Maseko has suggested the SABC broadcast the national anthem twice a day to foster patriotism, The Times reported on Wednesday.

According to Maseko this was because South Africans were not patriotic enough.

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A fan sings the national anthem ahead of the Rugby Championship test match between South Africa and Argentina at the soccer city stadium in Soweto, August 17, 2013. South Africa is hosting back-to-back rugby and soccer internationals in the same stadium on Saturday in tribute to Nelson Mandela, and marking the start of a campaign called Unite4Mandela. South Africa's soccer team, Bafana Bafana, play a friendly against Burkina Faso at Soccer City, which hosted the 2010 World Cup final, followed by the Rugby Championship test between the Springboks and Argentina's Pumas. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

She reportedly suggested the anthem be played by the national broadcaster every day at 6am and noon.

Maseko reportedly said that when she was growing up in the "homeland" Bophuthatswana, the radio and TV stations played the national anthem twice a day and she believed the SABC should do the same.

She claimed this would strengthen social cohesion and moral regeneration. - Sapa

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