Hofmeyr gets crude about Madiba

2013-06-18 00:00

BEING a model of mutual forgiveness meant f-all for “his people” and their children’s future.

This is what singer Steve Hofmeyr tweeted over the weekend about former president Nelson Mandela during a heated Twitter debate with Mandela’s former personal assistant Zelda la Grange.

The debate started when Hofmeyr tweeted a link to a 2002 article written by black American author Emanuel McLittle.

In the article, McLittle said Mandela was of average intelligence and had left South Africa in chaos after his term as president.

Hofmeyr said in his tweet the article was a “must read”.

La Grange reacted by saying these were not Hofmeyr’s sentiments when he met Madiba. “You must say how you feel so that one can make peace with that,” La Grange tweeted in Afrikaans.

Hofmeyr hit back saying “a lot of water [injustice and disappointments]” had run into the sea during the eight years since Madiba had hosted him.

La Grange tweeted that she was also unhappy about many things in the country, but this was not Madiba’s legacy.

That was when Hofmeyr said Mandela’s model of mutual forgiveness meant “F*OKOL” for his people and their families.

La Grange yesterday told Beeld it was very important that a debate about Madiba’s legacy should be stimulated. She said each person had a right to their opinions, but to place the current unhappiness with how things are going in South Africa at the foot of Madiba’s legacy was unfair. She also referred to Hofmeyr’s visit to Mandela eight years ago, at which time Hofmeyr, according to her, showed a lot of respect. She said about a year ago she and Hofmeyr had also been involved in a Twitter debate and they had agreed that people sometimes wanted to use Madiba’s legacy for their own profit. That was why she was so amazed to see how he had changed his point of view.

Hofmeyr refused to comment.

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