I won’t be si­lenced, says Koch

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - OMPHITLHETSE MOOKI

CO­ME­DIAN and ven­tril­o­quist Con­rad Koch has de­scribed as hyp­o­crit­i­cal Steve Hofmeyr’s “crude at­tempt to cen­sor” him.

And to­day in the High Court in Joburg, the man be­hind popular pup­pet Ch­ester Miss­ing was sched­uled to chal­lenge Hofmeyr’s in­terim pro­tec­tion or­der against him.

The or­der pro­hibits Koch from harassing the con­tro­ver­sial Afrikaans mu­si­cian, con­tact­ing his spon­sors and business as­so­ciates, mak­ing defam­a­tory state­ments against him and tag­ging him on so­cial me­dia.

But in his court pa­pers filed in the high court, Koch con­tends that Hofmeyr openly makes racist state­ments and should not cry foul when chal­lenged on the same plat­forms he uses to de­grade blacks

“Where peo­ple make state­ments on a pub­lic plat­form that are racist and provoca­tive they must ex­pect oth­ers to re­spond and contest th­ese views.

“It is hyp­o­crit­i­cal and im­proper to pro­mote openly racist state­ments in pub­lic, and then to cry foul when peo­ple use that same plat­form to ex­pose that racism. The pub­lic state­ments made by Mr Hofmeyr are so ex­tra­or­di­nary in their racism that they de­manded a re­sponse,” Koch said.

He cited Hofmeyr’s tweet that “blacks were the ar­chi­tects of apartheid” and should be grate­ful to the mi­nor­ity group for mak­ing South Africa a “jewel of the world”; a re­cent in­ci­dent dur­ing which Hofmeyr sang the apartheid an­them Die Stem at con­certs in Aus­tralia and Mbombela in Mpumalanga; and his 2011 an­nounce­ment that he would sing a song with the K-word in it if the Equal­ity Court up­held EFF leader Julius Malema’s right to sing the Strug­gle song

Dubul’ib­hunu (Shoot the Boer). The ar­chi­tects of apartheid tweet sparked a Twit­ter war, with Koch chal­leng­ing com­pa­nies spon­sor­ing con­certs in which Hofmeyr per­forms to with­draw their spon­sor­ships.

One of his tweets was: “I know whites are not all racist, but Steve is. let us con­front Steve.”

The or­der pre­vents Koch from threat­en­ing, harassing or mak­ing defam­a­tory state­ments against Hofmeyr. He was also not al­lowed to tag him on so­cial me­dia web­sites such as Twit­ter or men­tion him in tele­vi­sion and ra­dio in­ter­views.

Koch de­nies harassing Hofmeyr. “I don't be­lieve I have ever ha­rassed or acted un­rea­son­ably, let alone in­tim­i­dated or threat­ened him,” he said.

PIC­TURE: SCHALK VAN ZUY­DAM / AP

FIGHT­ING BACK: Con­rad Koch and his pup­pet Ch­ester Miss­ing.

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