The full anthem is sung in three verses, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.

(Xhosa) (English translation)

Nkosi sikeleli Afrika Lord, Bless Africa
Malup hakanyiswu phondolwayo May her horn rise up high
Yiswa imithanda zo yethu Hear through our prayers
Nkosi sikelela thina lusapolwayo Lord, bless us.


Uit die blou van onse hemel,
uit die diepte van ons see,
oor ons ewige gebergtes waar
die kranse antwoord gee,


Sounds the call to come together,
and united we shall stand,
let us live and strive for freedom
in South Africa our land!