Hofmeyr de­ter­mined to de­fend Afrikan­ers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NONI MOKATI

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.

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PAS­SION: Steve Hofmeyr

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