Hofmeyr defiant as ANC prepares to lay criminal charges

Steve Hofmeyr has previously ruffled feathers with what many see as racially motivated statements on social media, as well as posting photos of the old South African flag.

File: Steve Hofmeyr has previously ruffled feathers with what many see as racially motivated statements on social media, as well as posting photos of the old South African flag.

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JOHANNESBURG - As the African National Congress prepares to lay criminal charges against Steve Hofmeyr on Thursday, the popular Afrikaans musician remains defiant. 

Hofmeyr's remarks caused outrage on social media on Wednesday night with many people calling for his account to be blocked.

READ: Zindzi Mandela breaks silence after tweet backlash

“Dear Phumzile van Damme and Zindzi Mandela, I’m a South African tax-paying citizen. Effectively, I AM your boss. You WILL jump when I say so and you WILL ask how high. And when you come to take our lives and land, you WILL die. Our contract is that simple. And don't you forget it”, read Hofmeyr's tweet.

In response to criticism to the tweet, Hofmeyr said "Just teaching SA the actual definition of "public servant". Stop begging to be bullied into oblivion by politicians. (The rest of my tweet is about self-defence)".

 

 

In a statement released on Wednesday, the ANC described Hofmeyr's comments as "something that no South African should tolerate”.

"The party will lay a charge of crimen injuria against Steve Hofmeyr on behalf of its member and leader comrade Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane", read the statement.

The ANC urged South Africans to "isolate people that continue to promote racism in our country."

READ: Van Damme punches alleged racist 'in self-defence'

Hofmeyr's comments come after Mandela's remarks about land expropriation last week.

"Dear Apartheid Apologists," she tweeted "your time is over. You will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally #TheLandIsOurs."

Meanwhile Van Damme made headlines following an alleged racist incident at the V&A Waterfront which lead to her punching a man on the head in 'self defense.'

 

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