Hofmeyr to perform at gig despite outrage
CONTROVERSIAL singer Steve Hofmeyr will not be withdrawn from Afrikaans is Groot, a series of concerts to be held in the auditorium of the NG Kerk Moreleta Park in Pretoria.
This is despite a call by the ANC Youth League’s Greater Tshwane region for all progressive Afrikaners to reject and isolate the popular musician for “insisting on spreading racial venom”.
Juanita du Plessis, Theuns Jordaan, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Bok van Blerk, Robbie Wessels, Lianie May, Karlien van Jaarsveld, Jay, Riana Nel, Jannie Moolman, Arno Jordaan, Jak de Priester, Eden, Corlea Botha and others will also be performing.
The concert series starts tomorrow and ends in Cape Town later this month.
More than 80 000 concert tickets have been sold, organisers said.
However, the ANCYL in Moreleta Park has threatened to protest, saying it would be inappropriate for Hofmeyr to feature in light of his recent public utterances which bordered on racism.
Justin de Swardt said no details had been finalised, but the protest would be done with the utmost respect, considering that it was a cultural event and was being held at a major church.
The dispute has its genesis in the confrontation between Hofmeyr and satirist and ventriloquist Conrad Koch, with his puppet Chester Missing.
“We respect the right of all national groups to practise their cultures in peace, but we condemn the statement allegedly made by Hofmeyr in which he said in his book that ‘blacks were the architects of apartheid’,” De Swardt said.
“Furthermore, we note that this was not the first time racially offensive statements have been attributed to Hofmeyr.”
In light of the much-publicised call by Koch for some form of sanction against Hofmeyr, De Swardt said it was necessary to support the condemnation of Hofmeyr, who appeared unapologetic in his controversial statements regarding race.
Afrikaans is Groot spokesman Barnard Beukman said Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa had accepted an invitation to attend a concert.
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