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Hofmeyr loses to puppet Chester Missing

2014-11-27 16:34

Johanesburg - The Randburg Magistrate's Court on Friday set aside an interim protection order obtained by Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr against ventriloquist Conrad Koch and his puppet "Chester Missing".,

"Mr Hofmeyr has exposed himself to criticism, satire, ridicule and the court is not satisfied that he should be accorded the protection," magistrate Naren Sewnarain said.

He said he agreed with Koch's lawyer, Steven Budlender, who argued that Hofmeyr was seeking an order to allow views that lend themselves to scrutiny.

"We submit that there is no basis for confirming any order against the respondent," Budlender told the court.

"We submit that Hofmeyr is a public figure. Through his public and robust advocacy of racism he has invited a robust response."

Hofmeyr was accordingly required to display a greater degree of tolerance to criticism of his views than ordinary people, said Budlender.

Dan Roodt, who is not a lawyer, had brought an application for an interdict on behalf of Hofmeyr earlier this month.

Koch had challenged the interim court order against him.

Budlender said Hofmeyr wanted to have his cake and eat it.

"He wants to continue making provocative statements and when people criticise, he says they're not entitled to criticise him and therefore hides behind a protection order."

Hofmeyr tweeted on 23 October: "Sorry to offend but in my books blacks were the architects of apartheid. Go figure."

Budlender said the tweet implied that black people brought apartheid upon themselves.

Koch, in response had launched a civil campaign with his puppet Missing, against Hofmeyr's racism, he said.

The campaign publicly denounced and ridiculed Hofmeyr's views and encouraged others, including companies, to distance themselves from Hofmeyr's views.

Comments
  • Paul Louw - 2014-11-27 16:38

    Muppet!

      Naho Swiss - 2014-11-27 16:54

      Steve, sometimes it's better to keep your opinion to yourself. If we have to speak our mind on anything anytime there will be chaos. And believe: RACISM will be with us forever. Look what is happening to America now.

      RabbleRouser - 2014-11-27 17:14

      Steve Hofmeyer is a prize jerk. He deserves all the ridicule he gets. Well done to puppet Chester Missing and freedom of speech.

      Franky Mark - 2014-11-27 17:15

      This article is again manipulated by a very liberal news24, the issue is not Steve getting flack for his simple minded comments, but his livelihood being attacked for his views / comments. Play the game not the player - it is like we being threatened that we will loose our income for making anti Zuma comments. ( a bit of a stretch but the same thing.) Take Steve on, on his argument but going after his sponsors and preventing him to preform is nothing but fascist bullying .

      Goldie Saturnz - 2014-11-27 17:41

      what makes it a clinical fact? I don't see the relation. Also can you give an exact date when this war is coming? All countries have wars, so its safe to say a war will happen, its just a matter of when, this is obvious.

      Rob Martin - 2014-11-27 17:56

      Stofsuier ... missing in court.

      Ron House - 2014-11-27 18:33

      If you make controversial and offensive public statements then you must be man enough to take robust criticism. As the legal council said, you can't have your cake and eat - make controversial statements and then expect courts to give you immunity from public criticism and ridicule. The whole idea is ridiculous.

      Franky Mark - 2014-11-27 18:46

      Ron, he did not ask for protection from being ridiculed, but from the muppet ( with a white fist up his bum) - to prevent him from making a living by appealing to his sponsors to pull their support. One should be held accountable for the words you speak - unless you sing about machine gunning down tax paying minority group in the country of their birth - as our dis honourable President did yesterday yet again. But do you see the muppet asking for sanctions against him. Double standards, animal farm yet again.... And we know who the pigs are. * and you trust the legal system after Sheik, Celebe .

      Mike Mcc - 2014-11-27 18:59

      "Frankly, sorry but in my opinion if you are worthy of sponsorship and "keep you nose clean" then no matter who tries to convince your sponsors to drop you they will side with you - it is after all just another entertainer's opinion. If, however, you act like Steve has and put your sponsors at real risk of being associated with an image they do not like, then you deserve what comes your way. Free speech does not mean free from responsibility.

      Ron House - 2014-11-27 21:05

      @Franky, Which company wants its brand to be associated with someone who holds such views as SH? Unless the brand's target market holds similar views, it would put the brand into disrepute. There is a popular JD who has also lost sponsorships, including cars, because of his road speeding habits.

      Angus Stembull - 2014-11-27 21:43

      Nailed it Mike

  • Nemarimila Tshimangadzo Morgan - 2014-11-27 16:38

    Am heir to correct speling mistakes today

      Trevor Myburgh - 2014-11-27 17:06

      @Ken bha bha ha ha ha ha ha ha wail......

      Onke Mdingi - 2014-11-27 17:21

      Eye sea you are good at it Mr Morgan. Your motto ' pas wan pas ol' says it all.

      Thapelo Sebola-Ndlovu Ntsebeng - 2014-11-27 17:47

      lol @Morgan these guys lost thier sense of humor!

      Abba Kekana - 2014-11-28 10:59

      hahahahahaha Morgan you nailed it my man!!!!!!!

  • Mthokozisi Mahlangu - 2014-11-27 16:38

    Did u realy think you stand a chance going against chester lol, he hits where it hurt most!

  • nkosinathi.solomon.5 - 2014-11-27 16:38

    Bravo to the Constitution!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-11-27 18:51

      Which is only there for certain people

      Mike Mcc - 2014-11-27 19:02

      @Bark, the constitution does not ALLOW murder. Inept police do that.

      Gerhard Van Graan - 2014-11-27 20:28

      Dude, educate yourself, before making statements like this.

  • Thomas Jordaan - 2014-11-27 16:39

    Hahahahahaha eish chester your making a puppet out of this oak. Or should I say other puppet

  • Sandile Mkhonto - 2014-11-27 16:40

    Steve halfmayer. What a sook!

  • Jacques Jacobs - 2014-11-27 16:41

    Justice is served. Steve you butthole. :-)

  • Jacques Jacobs - 2014-11-27 16:42

    Muppet loses against puppet.

  • colin.zungu - 2014-11-27 16:44

    Da sy!

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2014-11-27 16:46

    kwaaaaaks

  • lolo1 - 2014-11-27 16:47

    Did I understand it? Steve sent Roodt a non lawyer and the puppet had an advocate defending him? Sorry but isn't that just a bit of a very very odd decision if you feel so strong about your "reputation". Perhaps someone can enlighten about this

      Tina Butler - 2014-11-27 16:55

      That's what he should have expected by hiring cheap labor.

      Angus Stembull - 2014-11-27 21:46

      thanks for the laugh

  • Gerry Johnson - 2014-11-27 16:51

    lmao@muppet Steve, if u cand handle it dont dont dish it out, now be a good little boy an Un-Steve yrself

      Lesiba Joe Dikgale - 2014-11-27 18:03

      But the man needs help, in our BLACK culture we slaugter a goet, cleanse HIM and he is unSTEVE!

  • SvH - 2014-11-27 16:54

    Ah - what awesome news !

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-11-27 18:56

      small things amuse small minds

  • Rgm Makhubela - 2014-11-27 16:56

    What he was expecting!!!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-11-27 18:56

      In this country I suppose he was expecting this

  • wikus.erasmus.545 - 2014-11-27 16:56

    Lekker man lekker. Tel jou woorde Bruce...

  • PeterJJhb - 2014-11-27 16:57

    Steve .... Ure an idiot!

  • Shirley Solomon - 2014-11-27 17:01

    He sent a non lawyer because he has such an inflated ego that he thought it would automatically go his way.

  • Selai Thomas Maine - 2014-11-27 17:05

    I don't think steve has a tv license, because i swear i saw an advert about Not becoming a steeeeve!!! & went on to lose against a puppet...& its a Great day in SA, We are happy. ...lol steve

  • Kleinbooi Mpho Malope - 2014-11-27 17:06

    Steve is such an idiot.

  • Johan Kotze - 2014-11-27 17:06

    If the progressive liberal left are lobbying to legalize incest and reduce the age of consent to 4 years, then nobody should be surprised at, or for that matter be impressed by this dog and pony show!

      mbossenger - 2014-11-27 17:08

      Are you drunk?

      lolo1 - 2014-11-27 17:21

      What the hell???

      lolo1 - 2014-11-27 17:21

      What the hell???

      Jaco Wium - 2014-11-27 17:33

      Rational Thinking 101: Johan failed that course dismally.

      Abba Kekana - 2014-11-28 11:03

      what are you saying Johan...you lost me there boet...

  • Joe Hall - 2014-11-27 17:06

    This is just the beginning Steve Mupeyr. Watch another 100 puppets profiles on Twitter created to blast you

  • Leon Alhadeff - 2014-11-27 17:08

    Chester Missing realised this very early on in this battle....it takes a puppet to beat a puppet. Chester gets to blame Conrad Koch, afterall he pulls Chesters strings. Who does Steve get to blame!

      Jacques Jacobs - 2014-11-27 17:16

      Just look for the guy with his hand up his @r$3... :-)

  • Serame Letshabo - 2014-11-27 17:20

    Die man is STEVE HARDGAT of wat,ek kan nie mooi verstaan nie?

      Moses - 2014-11-27 23:25

      'n regte hardgat

  • Danie Rossouw - 2014-11-27 17:22

    Whahaha!! Steve Stofsuier, you suck. Big mouth idiot.

  • Antonie Goosen - 2014-11-27 17:24

    "The Randburg Magistrate's Court on Friday......" ???? And here I was thinking that today is Thursday, lol

  • Cedric Martin Hattingh - 2014-11-27 17:25

    His defence was not a lawyer. It was just a racist defending another racist...........

  • J@CKAL - 2014-11-27 17:26

    Puppet 1, Muppet 0.

  • Jaco Wium - 2014-11-27 17:31

    The bed you lie in, is the bed you made yourself. Not so, Steve?

  • Viktêr Då Mystroh - 2014-11-27 17:33

    Steve, there's no black v/s white. There's rich v/s poor. Please update your system.

  • Brad Kavoki - 2014-11-27 17:38

    Kekeke kekekeke.,,, the dude needs to go for rehab.,.... I feel sorry for his dedicated and delusional followers... Charlie Manson also had followers you know #teamchester

  • Jamba - 2014-11-27 17:48

    Hofnar is an idiot.

  • johan.weakley - 2014-11-27 17:49

    Everybody sounds quite excited and hysterical, he must have raped someone or even worse?? I never heard hate speech as bad as Dookoom and Malema from him. I don't agree with the guy, but it seems freedom if speech is just for some.

      Moses - 2014-11-27 22:40

      When you make him your hero then you both becomes fools

  • Boitumelo Monareng - 2014-11-27 17:51

    kikikiki kwakwakwa

  • Thabo Kgoebane - 2014-11-27 17:54

    Is this an April Fool's joke in November? That's why they call him Steve(FNB)!!Lol

  • Thabang Tshepiso Ledwaba - 2014-11-27 17:57

    So he lost to the country s biggest puppet after jacob zuma....now he's an architect of stupidity

  • HASANIM@ME.COM - 2014-11-27 17:59

    do nt throw stones from a glass house

  • Fhatuwani Ronald Makahane - 2014-11-27 18:06

    This is very interesting indeed i wonder how do his kids if he has any feel about all this....stupid mistake made by the father will affect the whole family...

  • Stephen Paine - 2014-11-27 18:06

    Lol.

  • Karma is a B!@$# - 2014-11-27 18:07

    Both Hofmeyr and Koch are muppets. Oh wait that's insult to being a muppet

  • David Davids - 2014-11-27 18:07

    Wa da "steve" is Sunet Bridges?

  • Amelia Goodwin - 2014-11-27 18:07

    Ag nou ja Stevie old boy. Well and truly beaten by a puppet. Niks meer traantjies nie hoor.....

  • Gawie Pompies - 2014-11-27 18:36

    Wat n poppekas, kom kinders Wiellie Walie is weer terug.

  • Whyte Rash - 2014-11-27 18:46

    Hopefully we won't hear from this bigot any time soon. More important, hopefully we don't have to hear him squeal like a stuffed porker

  • Armand Joubert - 2014-11-27 18:57

    Steve needs to have good hard look at himself and think what he say and rethink his words he cannot make racist remarks and then scream murder when he gets taken to task.

      Sipho Tshakela - 2014-11-27 19:59

      Very true sir !

  • Vuyiswa Mgidlana - 2014-11-27 19:14

    hofmeyr is a really puppet. Grow up.

  • Wynand Martin Vermaak - 2014-11-27 19:16

    Hofmeyr 0; Bold puppet 1

  • Wynand Martin Vermaak - 2014-11-27 19:17

    His sponsors need to send him for diversity training or something. Really make Afrikaners out to be stereotypical :(

      Tebatso Shaku - 2014-11-27 20:22

      I'll never judge Afrikaners based on what Steve says.I refuse to sink that low.I'm sorry.

  • S'ne Nel Ndlovu - 2014-11-27 19:20

    Im emotional reading all the comments.. 99% of us see that racism has no place in SA.. Im proud of all of you South Africans for seeing that race should not matter in our beautiful country... Well except for a few that still hold idiotic views

  • Johann Enslin - 2014-11-27 19:21

    The magistrate is right.

  • Sipho Tshakela - 2014-11-27 19:54

    Truth and justice will always triumph over fallacy and state of madness. We will always salute the strides selfless efforts by people like Chester Missing, the puppet in exposing and shaming racist lot like steve. Let the winds of change blow in the direction of steve hofmeyr before he finds himself deeper into trouble. Steve is a total misfit in the new SA, his stance and views were relevant and usefull in the darker days of draconian laws. I feel sorry for him and his surrogates never again shall we slip back into that big dark hole. He must learn to love his neighbour as being advocated in the scriptures.