NATIONAL NEWS - Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr has been accused of issuing death threats to Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Phumzile Van Damme and South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane.
Hofmeyr – known for his controversial tweets that have earned him frequent accusations of racism – told the pair that “when you come to take our lives [and] land, you WILL die”.
This after saying in the same tweet that both Van Damme and Mandela-Hlongwane must answer to him since he’s a “tax-paying citizen”.
“Effectively, I AM your boss. You WILL jump when I say so and you WILL ask how high,” he tweeted.
Hofmeyr was addressing Mandela-Hlongwane due to the controversy caused by tweets from an unverified Twitter account believed to be hers under the hashtag #OurLand.
These included a tweet about “trembling white cowards” who are the “thieving rapist descendants of Van Riebeck [sic]” and one saying that Zindzi was “wondering how the world of shivering land thieves is doing” while out “wining and dining” at a restaurant.
The tweets divided South African social media under mainly but not entirely racial lines, earning both outrage and support.
Van Damme, meanwhile, was included in the threatening tweet due to an incident in which she punched a man following an alleged racist incident.
According to Van Damme, she acted in self-defence after the man swore at her and “was threatening violence” at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
Hofmeyr appears to believe that Van Damme’s claims of racism are fabricated, as he retweeted a tweet from right-wing cartoonist Jeremy “Jerm” Nell, making this accusation before sending his own tweet.
Van Damme declined to comment, saying only that she refuses to “feed his need for attention”. Mandela-Hlongwane, meanwhile, has not been contactable since the series of tweets attributed to her went viral.