Hofmeyr faces Twitter backlash after apartheid post

2014-10-28 12:42

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."

  • Ria Cook - 2014-10-28 12:50

    This is old news (just like Steve Hofmeyr, isn't it)? I'm sure I read it somewhere sometime last week.

      Melusi Gumede - 2014-10-28 19:51

      FNB's Steve campaign was based on this steve...Come on folks, don't be a steve.

      Jay Man - 2014-10-29 07:54

      Steve is old news. He should just STFU. Idiot.

      Brent - 2014-10-29 13:21

      what a giant twerk! every other parent is trying to make the rsa a better place to live, then you get a guy like this that's just making it worse. can you imagine what it would be like to be the son of this guy....

      Prince Thabo - 2014-10-29 13:45

      Strange how this article isn't closed for commenting..... Please apply your rules to all articles...... You don't allow racial insults to Politicians, but to this guy you let it go...... Not good for a news source that should be "neutral" in any event.

      Hein Whelan - 2014-10-29 13:48

      Brent. What is a "twerk"?

      Brent - 2014-10-29 15:53

      miley cyrus' actions or hofmeyer

      La Grange D - 2014-12-03 12:24

      A twerk is someone that is involved in tender fraud but still keeps his position in Government.

  • Mel McBride - 2014-10-28 12:50

    This is incredibly old news wtf News 24 have you run out of content? Surely you have something to say about OP and what he had for lunch in prison today. I mean now really!

      Mashai Joannes - 2014-10-28 13:04

      If my memory serves me well.malema video incident happened in august and it was reported this october.point is ,jst like malema his ignorance and indiscretions will always make newspaper headlines

      Helen Vermeulen McGregor - 2014-10-28 17:18

      They will soon enough start on OSCAR again even if it's fiction they print as fact

  • Lebohang Ntata-Nyakallo Jeed - 2014-10-28 12:53

    Ao, bafethu! This Dude is so shocking.

      Eliot Crespo Mahlase - 2014-10-28 14:19

      as useless as well...He's a racist and only racist people will defend him

      John Martin - 2014-10-29 08:25

      So no one's got the guts to counter racist Malema, someone needed to step up to this task. I bet Malema is fuming like a troll over this. Steve and Malema on one stage with a moderator. Or maybe a boxing to bliksem Malema myself lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PointBlank - 2014-10-28 12:54

    Yawn. Really News24, throwing useless race non-stories around to illicit a reaction on your comments... No man, Stop fueling racial tension! Publish this if you dare.

      Nontuthuzelo Jolingana - 2014-10-28 12:59


      Suzelle Fourie - 2014-10-28 13:17

      I do agree with you, but the word is "elicit", not "illicit", which means something else entirely.

      Suzelle Fourie - 2014-10-28 14:56

      Downthumbs? Oh dear, I suppose the idea that a language, any language, should be used correctly at all times has gone out of fashion.

      Johan van Papendorp - 2014-10-29 00:54

      Suzelle, worse. Not even the meaning is important. Cf "racism" and "democracy". Both frequently used with a total disregard to their meaning.

      Jay Man - 2014-10-29 07:55


      Hein Whelan - 2014-10-29 13:51

      HAHA!! PointPLANK

      Linda SA - 2014-10-30 08:09

      Suzelle you are also guilty... Nobody ASK you TO AGREE but you say.... I DO agree, instead of... I agree. No problem, you can write in Afrikaans and we all will still understand you. (languages should be used correctly)

      Suzelle Fourie - 2014-10-30 13:38

      Starting with you, Linda. The correct grammar would be "Nobody ASKS you...", not "Nobody ASK you...".

  • Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2014-10-28 12:55

    LOL Groote Schuur's comment so funny! Steve's been around for over 50 years without a brain! Steve was auditioning and trying to sing when brains were handed out...he was not in that queue.

      Hannes En Brianda Barnard - 2014-10-29 09:44

      I think they confused him with Malema

  • Mashai Joannes - 2014-10-28 12:55

    This guy is jst so ignorant and insensitive to whatever happened in the past.with this kind of attitude I won't be suprised if he bcums the most hated man in south africa.the type of histrionics he exhibits points to a lack of proper brain development or jst plain oblivious to his environment.

      Russell Stuart Campbell - 2014-10-28 13:46

      Agreed, very insensitive outcry for publicity, throwing more wood into the racism fire-pit

      Justice Willprevail - 2014-10-28 14:31

      The only people free in South Africa are the criminals and the terrorists, I mean protesters. Yeah you read right the so called "protesters" are nothing but terrorists, they endanger innocent people's lives for gains... terrorism plain and simple!

      Daniella Moockrof - 2014-10-28 14:42

      Along with your atrocious spelling.

  • Pamela Mika - 2014-10-28 12:56

    Or we could all just ignore him!? If no one engages he will surely disappear on his own.

  • Terence Wessels - 2014-10-28 12:58

    This country will never heal until all the old racists, black and white (yes blacks are racists too, watch ANC) are dead. That will be the day we move forward.

      Mfundo Jele - 2014-10-28 13:15

      absolutely true Terence

      Bonolo Moswane - 2014-10-28 13:45

      Having most of the economy in your hands and still owning most of the land while making up only 10% of the population. Yeah, those racist ANC bastards indeed.

      Terence Wessels - 2014-10-28 14:20

      Bonolo, please tell me who is stopping you from starting a business and buying land?

      SIMPLYSOUTHAFRICAN - 2014-10-28 14:31

      Bonolo, you and Steve deserve each other. Both idiots !

      Bonolo Moswane - 2014-10-28 15:07

      Facepalm! Terrence you clearly didn't get my point and that's why your question is totally irrelevant. As for your question, no thanks I don't like buying stolen goods.

      Terence Wessels - 2014-10-28 15:42

      Im sorry Bonolo, but your vague and somewhat childish response, leads me to believe you have no legitimate answer to my simple question. You are one of these brainwashed entitled ones hay? Go make money my friend, I wish you well.

      Unti Rasicm - 2014-10-29 08:27

      @Terence, thank you for being an open minded "white" person, @Bonolo, ure embarrassing the black folk, people like you are part of the reason the change is taking this long. And yes i'm black!!!!!!!

      Knowit All - 2014-10-29 12:26

      What about the young racists, Terence? There are a lot more young racists than old ones. New racists are born every day.

      Jaco Wium - 2014-10-29 12:39

      Bonolo doesn't realise it, but he is just the black version of everything he hates about white people. Which means, he chooses to be a part of the problem, and not be part of the solution.

      Jonathan Doeman - 2014-10-29 16:32

      I was still in primary school when apartheid ended, but I remember what it was like before. We played in the streets till well after dark. We did not even have a fence around our property nor did we have security gates or burglar bars. I can only recall a single burglary during that time. The guy had stolen power tools out of a neighbor's open garage. The police had caught the guy a day or so later and had brought back all of the tools! There were no panic buttons or private armed response companies. No palisades or barbed wire. We spent our weekends playing in the veld from dusk till dawn, building tree-houses, catching fish etc. All that ended after 94. Since then I have been held up at gunpoint and knife-point, I have managed to evade several attempted hi-jackings. My car has been broken into and another was stolen. We have had numerous house break-ins and two home invasions. One of them occurred while I was at work and they dragged my housemate into the bushes with the aim of raping her, but she managed to get away and ran to the neighbors. These are just a fraction of my experiences. I would have to write a book, if I wanted to relay the rest of my experiences and that of my friends and family. But do you know what the common denominator was in EVERY single case? I'll give you 3 guesses, but you only need one.

  • RabbleRouser - 2014-10-28 12:59

    I really enjoyed Mandy de Waal's article on Steve Hofmeyer. She got it absolutely spot on.

  • Isabella Rodrigaz - 2014-10-28 13:00

    And why are you commenters entertaining this?

  • Pixie86 - 2014-10-28 13:00

    trolls live for the attention. just ignore him. we need to stop being so reactionary

  • Pamela Mika - 2014-10-28 13:04

    Sometimes I think news24 publishes articles like this, not for the public's interest but to incite an "unhealthy" debate with the comments, and we take the bate everytime. One minute we will all be getting along and agreeing on important issues, next thing they drop and "bomb" likr this and we arr ready to scratch eachother's eyes out over a few ignorant people from any race. I refuse to take your bait news24, this article is not going to change my world in any way

      Kamohelo Moshodi - 2014-10-28 13:36

      Don't you knw they are trolling?I don't feed the trolls

      Unti Rasicm - 2014-10-29 08:30

      @Dawid Venter, "speaking the truth", boet, ure hopeless!!!

      Jaco Wium - 2014-10-29 12:43

      Correction: SH speaking Dawid Venter's version of the truth.

      Hein Whelan - 2014-10-29 14:03

      Are people no longer allowed to have their own opinions? Its all I am saying...

  • Khutso Bokaba - 2014-10-28 13:05

    Lol funny brainless people

  • Atm Pretty TeamUs - 2014-10-28 13:06

    Fool, moron and a tyrant, Agriforum is saying nothing!!!

      Atm Pretty TeamUs - 2014-10-28 14:45

      Shut up!!!

  • ElGato - 2014-10-28 13:06

    Next: Steve H reaches the conclusion that the earth is indeed flat and the sun revolves around it....

  • Surf City - 2014-10-28 13:07

    While we have in your face obnoxious haters like Male-moron and three quarters of the ANC government around to fuel segregation in South Africa, one has to stop and reflect on who really has the absolute right to be a bigot and who does not. How does it work these days...the people in power can show their ignorance but the peasants must keep quiet?

  • Elvava Seameco - 2014-10-28 13:07

    The biggest racist in Mzansi, jou g*t Hofmeyr !!!

      Hein Whelan - 2014-10-29 14:05

      Haha Dawid. Gooie enetjie. @Vulva Semanco, I think SH has some serious competition from the likes of Malenima and co

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:43

      Love you Steve!!!

  • Reginald Dube - 2014-10-28 13:08

    today is such a beautiful day in Pretoria, only if i had a swimming pool. i could comment about Steve but why should i?

      Ellmari Wroe - 2014-10-28 13:36

      I agree with you Reginald .... You're the better man.

      Surf City - 2014-10-28 13:43


      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:43

      Its not called a swimming pool anymore. It is a fire pool

  • Johan Nothnagel - 2014-10-28 13:08

    Suggest that Juju and Steve must share a nice cozy dinner together.....they will argue the whole night about "black is not dark. Dark mean there is no white".....

  • Deon Claassens - 2014-10-28 13:09

    Steve for president!

  • Benedict Mahlangu - 2014-10-28 13:10

    Malema and Steve are brothers. They just dont know it yet.

      Pixie86 - 2014-10-28 13:17

      I've always suspected it as well.

  • Nathi Radebe - 2014-10-28 13:12

    “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Dr Fatus Cranius. “The scans showed the chamber but it was completely empty. It is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before,” he added. “What’s remarkable is that Mr Hofmeyr is able to lead a relatively functional life. He can eat and sleep and clearly warbles a tune, but sadly nothing he says will ever make sense.”........ lol i don't know why should worry about a lunatic with a completely empty brain chamber....the guy is sick.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:45

      Steve for President

  • Sean Mitchell - 2014-10-28 13:12

    Brandy and Twitter. A dangerous mix.

      Elless Moshoeshoe - 2014-10-28 13:48

      Now I see the effects of nyaope on depressed, hopeless and unsuccessful artists.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:47

      So is Whiskey and a twit

      Musa Muskidd Mahlangu - 2014-10-30 00:27

      cheap brandy from Orania nogal

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-30 09:13

      At least the brandy is paid for and not stolen

  • Moshibudi Makgoba - 2014-10-28 13:16

    This so called Steve Hofmeyer is not different from Julius Malema...crap.

  • Seshike Samuel Mmoledi - 2014-10-28 13:17

    An empty tin makes a lot of noise, do not argue with a fool as people may not see a difference. Steve Hofmeyr is just stucked in the past he is just an empty tin that makes a lot of noise, people must just ignor him he is still living in the dark.

  • Zuma de Boer - 2014-10-28 13:18

    No wonder van der merwe jokes exist.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 22:27

      Suits the country

  • Terence Wessels - 2014-10-28 13:19

    UnSteve yourself South Africa :)

  • Collins Ntelele - 2014-10-28 13:19

    Soon he 'll be standing at the robots at the corner of Beyers Naude and Christiaan De Wet Roads with a placrad pleading poverty.

  • Gerry Johnson - 2014-10-28 13:22

    People like Hofmeyr , Jean and anybody else that still has the master class metality make me sick. Im sure of all the things u lost in your pathetic lives u miss yr brains the most.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:50

      Have you found yours yet?

  • Matthew Patrick - 2014-10-28 13:30

    It seems like the syphillus from his sexual deviancy over the decades has completely spread throughout his brain. Does anyone actually care what Steve has to say these days? He relevance as a celebrity died around the time Apartheid ended, go figure. #Sheening

  • Hennie Barnard - 2014-10-28 13:31

    @dalene baie afrikaners dink niks van steve nie. Hy het n goeie stem maar is n swak musikant. Enige iets wat hy self skryf is aaklig. Al waneer hy goeie musiek maak is waneer hy neil diamond sing.

      Johan van Papendorp - 2014-10-29 00:27

      Hennie jy skryf met groot oortuiging en selfversekerd. Wat is jou musikale kwalifikasies?

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:52

      Johann hy sing seker as n klippies en coke in het

  • Bokaba Collen - 2014-10-28 13:33

    his just being original!

  • Nicholas Boshoff - 2014-10-28 13:35

    Publicity stunt!!! Come on people. if it worked for Julius it can wek for heem! What a tjop...

  • Lucky Strike - 2014-10-28 13:37


      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:52

      Hear hear!!!

  • argie.kgomo - 2014-10-28 13:39

    Well enough said,wonder how he existed for 50 years without brain,Steve like his name is empty and still living in the past.Lets unite against Steve and bring him down.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:53

      Many have tried and many have failed

  • Thembi Portia Matshiya - 2014-10-28 13:40

    uhmmm...what day is it again..happy Tuesday :)

  • Elless Moshoeshoe - 2014-10-28 13:40

    Aging to be a clown of note!!!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:53

      No thats parliament

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-10-28 13:40

    Pig Pigger Piggest...k k k k

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:54

      I love pigs - better than humans any day

  • Spharex Cele - 2014-10-28 13:42

    i propose a boxing match between malema and hofmeyr!

  • Mzakes Mxolisi - 2014-10-28 13:43

    Steve Hofmeyer is 'n rassis. Hy moet gaan en sorg van sy baie kinders en laat ons swart alleen. Dom idioot en vervelig musiek

      Zanne Van Der Ryst - 2014-10-28 13:53

      Lol, rather stick to english, you make no sense??

      Dienkie Taute - 2014-10-28 14:02

      Mzakes, I would bet Afrikaans is Not your home language, perhaps your 3rd or even 4th and yet you've used it beautifully! Baie dankie dat jy my taal so mooi praat. En ja, hy is 'n idioot met vervelige musiek!

      Mzakes Mxolisi - 2014-10-28 16:21

      @Dawid. What is different between Julius Malema and Steve Hofmeyer. Both of them are racist.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:54


      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:55

      Dienkie hoekom nooi jy hom nie vir tee nie

  • Johan Nothnagel - 2014-10-28 13:43

    B.E.E is Reversed "apartheid". Racism will never stop due to this........ Stop this and all will go better for all!!!!

  • christa.theart - 2014-10-28 13:46

    Keep on dreaming

  • Zanne Van Der Ryst - 2014-10-28 13:46

    Go Steve!!

  • christa.theart - 2014-10-28 13:46

    Keep on dreaming. What you wish onto others will happen to you.

  • Mark Smith - 2014-10-28 13:48

    Steve and Julius should have a cage fight and knock the racist crap out of each other,the fight should be sponsored by Steers.

      Matthew Patrick - 2014-10-28 13:55

      Ha ha! Comment of the day! It would be a little one-sided, though, 'cause Juju doesn't fight by himself and I don't think anyone would side with Steve.

  • Moremogolo Mslema - 2014-10-28 13:51

    ...not sure who is the bigger idiot, SH or the people condoning this racist behaviour.

  • Alex Bax - 2014-10-28 13:52

    What an idiot, what a fool.

  • Umesh O J Mahadeo - 2014-10-28 13:52

    It seems like the people on here are just as racist as Steve. It's because of these idiots that our country is in the situation it is.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-29 20:57

      Oh really? Tried looking in the mirror lately

  • Kirsty Prinsloo - 2014-10-28 13:58

    Could it be a to the death match. Winner gets a bullet to the temple.

  • Nick De La Hunt - 2014-10-28 14:06

    There are no words for this dumb-ass's stupidity!