Hofmeyr determined to defend Afrikaners
HE HAS faced a tumultuous week and been widely criticised for his alleged racism.
But veteran Afrikaans pop singer Steve Hofmeyr remains defiant and more determined than ever to tell what he believes is the truth – no matter the damage to his reputation or 23-year career at the forefront of the local music and entertainment industries.
Never one to shy away from contentious topics, Hofmeyr found himself on the front page of the Sowetan on Monday accused of racism for remarks he made on his Facebook page following the farm murder of a Free State family.
In a frank Hofmeyr said he remained unapolo getic about highlighting the “disparities” that the minority Afrikaners in the country faced.
“Someone is killing us off in numbers which makes Afghanistan seem a promising emigration destination. Crime may make us human but what Afrikaner farmers are experiencing has nothing to do with humans. I meet with the surviving families on a daily basis. I cry with strangers at night,” he said.
With his passion to defend a group he believes has contributed immensely to the country, Hofmeyr has also promised to work his fingers to the bone to re-establish whites, settlers and Afrikaners as firstclass African citizens.
The furore erupted after Hofmeyr commented on the murder of Attie Potgieter, his wife Wilna and their threeyear-old daughter Willemien.
They were murdered on their farm in Lindley a week ago. Potgieter was stabbed, while his wife and daughter were shot. They were buried in an emotional ceremony on Thursday, attended by black and white mourners.
PASSION: Steve Hofmeyr