Hofmeyr to per­form at gig de­spite out­rage

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KENNEDY MUDZULI

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.

The league’s

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.

ANCYL threat­ens to protest singer’s ‘racial venom’

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