Hofmeyr faces Twitter backlash after apartheid post

Johannesburg - A tweet posted by singer Steve Hofmeyr on Twitter that black people were the architects of apartheid has caused a stir on social media.

"Sorry to offend but in my books Blacks were the architects of Apartheid. Go figure," he tweeted on Thursday.

In the reaction that followed Hofmeyr was accused of being racist, stupid, and a peddler of ignorance. He also had to hand back a sponsored vehicle.

Journalist Mandy de Waal, in a post on Thought Leader, explained how Hofmeyr had defied medical science.

"Neuroscientists at Groote Schuur, Cape Town’s premier academic hospital, today admitted that they were baffled about how alleged author, singer and self-styled Afrikaner saviour Steve Hofmeyr had existed for more than 50 years without a brain," she wrote.

Twitter user @paulrabenowitz said: "In the same way jews were the architects of the Nazi regime."

User @sir_toy was more forthright in his response, tweeting: "Such a racist piece of shit!"

Following the initial tweet on @steve_hofmeyr, Hofmeyr continued posting about the subject:

"Apartheid was a system of segregation. You have to ask why.

"See why architects... International murder rate: 6/100000 SA citizens: 31/100000 SAPS members: 54/100000 Farmers: 133/100000."

On Sunday, Hofmeyr posted, among a number of tweets: "Denial. Expected no less."

Beeld reported on Tuesday that due to his tweets, Hofmeyr had to return a sponsored bakkie to a dealership in Port Elizabeth.

Manager of the Williams Hunt outlet in the city, Trevor Villet, told the newspaper they received complaints about Hofmeyr's tweet on Friday.

The dealership lent popular Afrikaans singers a car for two to three days whenever they performed in the city.

"He only had one more day with the vehicle," said Villet.

"We don't want to get involved and we don't want to take sides in a Twitter fight."

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