ANCYL plans march over Hofmeyr

Or­gan­is­ers of con­certs in­sist they will go head as planned

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THE AFRIKAANS is Groot (AIG) con­certs in Pre­to­ria will go ahead as planned and se­cu­rity will be tight, the or­gan­is­ers said yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing threats by the ANC Youth League in Tsh­wane to march to the event.

“We again want to con­firm that ef­fec­tive mea­sures are in place to en­sure safety for con­cert-go­ers,” AIG spokesman Barnard Beuk­man said in a state­ment.

The ANCYL had planned to march against Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr, who was due to par­tic­i­pate in the AIG events at Moreleta Church be­tween Novem­ber 14 and 22.

Hofmeyr has been in the spot­light fol­low­ing tweets about apartheid.

Last month, he tweeted: “Sorry to of­fend but in my books Blacks were the ar­chi­tects of Apartheid. Go fig­ure.”

The tweet caused a stir on so­cial me­dia, and Hofmeyr was ac­cused of be­ing racist, stupid and a ped­dler of ig­no­rance.

Beeld news­pa­per re­ported that he had to re­turn a spon­sored bakkie to a deal­er­ship in Port El­iz­a­beth after com­plaints dur­ing a tour there. The deal­er­ship lent popular Afrikaans singers a car for two to three days when­ever they per­formed in the city and had wanted to re­main neu­tral dur­ing the con­tro­versy.

A col­umn in The Times by ven­tril­o­quist and co­me­dian Con­rad Koch ques­tioned su­per­mar­ket Pick n Pay and Land Rover for spon­sor­ing the AIG fes­ti­val.

The ANCYL in Tsh­wane called on pro­gres­sive Afrikan­ers to re­ject peo­ple like Hofmeyr who dis­sem­i­nated “racial venom”.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion said while it fully re­spected the right of all na­tional groups to prac­tise their cul­tures in peace, it whole­heart­edly con- demned the state­ments made by Hofmeyr.

“We call on pro­gres­sive Afrikan­ers to re­ject and iso­late those who in­sist on spread­ing racial venom… We can­not al­low racism to oc­cur with­out con­se­quence and it is thus crit­i­cal that we make this call for the iso­la­tion and con­fronta­tion of racist el­e­ments,” ANCYL spokesman Justin de Swardt said in a state­ment on Tues­day.

Beuk­man said they had taken note of the pos­si­bil­ity of a march, but the ANCYL would have to go through due process to ap­ply at the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, “and dur­ing that process, we will have to be con­sulted and in­formed. We also took note that they in­di­cated peace­ful protest. We will keep abreast of the sit­u­a­tion and keep on com­mu­ni­cat­ing with con­cert-go­ers”.

The ANCYL could not be reached for com­ment on when the march might be held.

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