Ard posts official apology

2011-08-25 13:35
Cape Town - Ard Matthews has posted an official statement of apology on his website.

Matthews caused a national furore when he bungled the national anthem on television at the announcement of the Bok team to contest the World Cup.

In a lengthy post, he addresses the nation, the "haters", the South african Rugbu Union (SARU) and the Springboks, amongst others.

"To the haters: I get it. I would be mad too, though not quite as murderous as some have expressed, but, I get it, you're angry and rightfully so. I am truly sorry. It was a genuine, nightmare of a mistake.

"The SARU: To think that I have not only been likened to but may have even surpassed the last embarrassment you had to endure makes me sick to the stomach and words will never express my shame. For this, I apologise.

"To SuperSport: You trusted me to handle this task on live television and, for the first time in my life, I froze and completely messed it up at the expense of your stations credibility. Thank you for allowing me to say sorry in person, on film this morning."

Matthews vows to go forward and continue to sing the anthem correctly whenever opportunity arises.

Watch the video here:


  • daaivark - 2011-08-25 13:41

    OK Ard. Milking it now.

      chaka - 2011-08-25 14:10

      ok, so how many of you out there actually give a damn about that part of the national anthem or the antherm as a whole anyway. are you not all looking for browny points. half of you bad mouth this government running our country and I for one am one of them but really, is that not the ANC anthem? Is it not time to give this guy a break. There are worse things happening in our country eg. corruption, homelessness, children and babies being dumped, farmers being murdered. BUILD A BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT, it happened and there is nothing we can do to change it. (now I will wait for all the hate speech)LOL.

      Samantha - 2011-08-25 17:58

      @chaka - you are SO right, bunch of hypocrites, fence sitters, jumping sides when ever it suits them. I saw Ard post a new video on Youtube, and he sang the anthem wonderfully. I can understand how horrible he must feel about this, largely due to the terrible reaction from our public, that man probably can't sleep at night over this!

  • Mrs P - 2011-08-25 13:53

    Shame, I can see he was genuinely nervous (he even played the wrong chords half the time). Nobody would be that stupid as to go there and not prepare on purpose.

      daaivark - 2011-08-25 13:58

      No excuse. He's a professional musician who actually expected payment. So one prepares. He didn't prepare. Simple. No excuse.

      Mrs P - 2011-08-26 08:52

      daaivark, clearly you aren't a musician. You prepare if you're going to perform, it's that simple. And you can prepare till you can perform the song backwards in your sleep - it's still possible to be overcome with nerves (especially performing in such a high profile event which was being watched by so many proud South Africans) and bungle things up. Give the guy a break - it's not like he did it on purpose.

  • Psyzah - 2011-08-25 14:06

    Ard, Ard, Ard!Just let it go man...we've all had our weed moments!

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-25 14:09

    Have another zol Ard

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-25 14:36

      or more meth, whatever you were tripping on, stay out of SA

  • Viv - 2011-08-25 15:37

    Yaaaaawn - is everyone still banging on about this. Deal with it kids and move on. No-one really gives a cr@p anymore. New story - Boks are allowed to shag on tour but have to pay for their WAGS to be in NZ. On your marks, get set, go!

      Theresa Whitmore - 2011-08-25 15:51

      That's funny!

  • spiral - 2011-08-25 15:45

    I have 2 words for you Ard... i just cant remember them :-)

  • Theresa Whitmore - 2011-08-25 15:50


      Daemos1 - 2011-08-25 16:46

      no, he must suffer

      ArthurKnutsen - 2011-08-25 17:18

      It is as Daemos1 says."He must suffer"

      zena - 2011-08-26 09:27

      totally agree with you, this is going far enough now, Ras was far worse and nobody kept on and on like this. He is still a damn good musician......

  • TumaK - 2011-08-25 16:07

    OK so everybody get over it now please - people make mistakes. 65% of south africans voted for the ANC for crying out loud. :-)

      Samantha - 2011-08-25 18:04

      and I'd like to hear any one of these a$$wipes b*tching about Ard's stuff up to sing the National anthem for me, they don't even have to do it live on TV in front of the whole rugby union and springbok team, just for me, and let's see how well they'll do!

  • thefactxxx - 2011-08-25 21:54

    gee hom 'n kans.... fact

  • GilbeyJones - 2011-08-31 15:19

    hahaha....what a joke....pass the guy a f.....ed up with it...I had personally never heard of you before are now famous....for f....king up a live performance of the national anthem...none of us can sing it anyway...I dont think many of us even know the words..we just dont stand up and try and sing it in front of the whole topic please ...hahahaha

  • VillageBelle - 2011-09-01 12:37

    I don't blame him for being nervous, that was a huge task right there and having all eyes on you like that. People, before you judge others, how many of ya'll can actually sing the whole national anthem?Give a guy a break! Note to SARU though, they must have the next person sing it and check if they know it before putting them on such a stage.

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