Battle of the tweets

2014-11-29 00:00

CONRAD Koch and his mouthy puppet Chester Missing would “possibly have done things a little cleverer” if they had a second chance to “force Steve Hofmeyr to other insights”.

Koch has already taken down his and Chester’s Facebook profiles and is used to SMS threats and nastiness from Hofmeyr supporters.

“But I’m worried about my fiancée who lives at a fixed address. People can’t so easily find me because I travel so much, but it’s hard to guess how far people will go.”

He added that he should have got other people to tweet along with him in his campaign against the singer.

On Thursday, magistrate Naren Sewnarain set aside an urgent interdict forbidding Koch and his ventriloquist’s dummy from harassing Hofmeyr.

He described the interdict as invalid and said Hofmeyr only sought it because he was fed up with Koch’s comments about his remarks on apartheid.

Hofmeyr claims he has been gagged and that the courts “don’t care”, placing ideology above what is right.

Yesterday he tweeted: “Can’t say what I think. Can’t say what I see. Can’t rely on the court for protection. That’s where I stand.”

Koch’s lawyer, media specialist Dario Milo, said in reaction: “Chester can’t be silenced. The case wasn’t about whether Hofmeyr should be censured.

“In a democracy we have to accept the opinions of others that could upset us. Hofmeyr can’t exercise his right to freedom of expression while trying to silence critics who disgree with him in a robust way.”

Hofmeyr was not in court on Thursday. Activist and critic Dan Roodt, who brought the application, braved Chester’s supporters with only his son at his side.

Yesterday, Koch tweeted: “The truth is: aside from Dan, not a single one of all the people Steve thinks support him were at court. Not one.”

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