Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

IT was in­evitable that the de­bate about Julius Malema’s singing of the song Shoot the Boer would pro­voke some id­iocy. The Afrikaner singer Steve Hofmeyr has duly, and pre­dictably, obliged.

He’s penned a tribute to the mur­dered Afrikaner Weer­stands­be­weg­ing leader Eu­gene Terre’Blanche ti­tled Ons Sal Dit Oor­leef (We Shall Sur­vive It). This alone makes Hofmeyr a can­di­date for the prize of na­tional dunce (ex­cept he al­ready has that ti­tle for his eu­logy to ET at his fu­neral).

But on top of it all he wants to in­clude the K-word in the lyrics if Malema wins his case which is cur­rently be­fore court.

His ar­gu­ment, such as it is, is: “If Julius Malema is al­lowed to sing Shoot the Boer in pub­lic, we too will sing songs that have the K-word.”

In other words, he misses the point of the de­bate and the ba­sis of AfriFo­rum’s legal chal­lenge. One can’t know if Malema’s singing of the song is based on ma­li­cious in­tent, or if he wants to in­stil fear among farm­ers or Afrikan­ers gen­er­ally. He has ar­gued that the song has cul­tural roots and should be left alone. Hofmeyr’s re­tort, apart from be­ing il­log­i­cal, is en­tirely gra­tu­itous, and does no more than stoke the fires of ha­tred.

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