Steve Hofmeyr talk at CT Press Club cancelled

2016-10-13 19:04
(Ockert de Villiers, News24)

(Ockert de Villiers, News24)

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Cape Town - The Comedy Central Roast series is the last bastion of free speech, controversial Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr said following the scrapping of his breakfast talk at the Cape Town Press Club on Friday.

The club on Wednesday cancelled Hofmeyr’s address on “politics and the state of the South African nation” due to threats of violence and a lack of interest from its members.

Hofmeyr said he was invited months ago to address the club’s members. He was disappointed at his talk this week being cancelled.

“I was looking forward to it. I like discussion and debate with thinking people. I expected that like-minded people would be attending,” he told News24 on Thursday.

Hofmeyr said he had received a letter form the club informing him it had been “inundated with threats” - including one referring to the use of a stun grenade.

His talk, “ironically” focusing on free speech, would not go to waste, he said. The full text would be shared on his Facebook page by next week.

He insisted that the press club and the Comedy Central Roast were the only real free speech platforms left.

Hofmeyr appeared on the show four years ago, where he was called a racist and a womaniser.

Press club secretary general Donwald Pressly confirmed Hofmeyr’s engagement was cancelled owing to a lack of interest and threats of violence.

He pointed out that a litany of controversial figures had in the past been invited to address its members. They included Jacob Zuma before he became president and was still “politically unpopular”, and the Black First Land First movement’s Andile Mngxitama, whose event was also cancelled due to a lack of interest. 

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