The African National Congress (ANC) posited on Thursday it had changed its plan to lay charges of crimen injuria against singer Steve Hofmeyr.
ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe, said: “The ANC will now lay the charges against Hofmeyr on Monday, 24 June 2019, in Johannesburg for his racist rants and issuing of death threats against South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane and DA MP Phumzile van Damme.”
Mabe said that laying charges against Hofmeyr would send a strong message that racists had no place in South Africa’s democratic society.
This comes after Hofmeyr in a tweet said: “Dear @zilevandamme and @ZindziMandela I’m a South African tax-paying citizen. Effectively, I AM your boss. You WILL jump when I say so and you WILL ask how high. And when you come to take our lives&land, you WILL die. Our contract is that simple. And don’t you forget it.”
Hofmeyr was responding to a series of tweets from both women in unrelated incidents.
Van Damme on Tuesday used Twitter to relay what she described as a racist incident at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, which ended up with her assaulting the young man who allegedly made the slur.
Van Damme also said V&A security had responded inadequately to the incident. The V&A subsequently issued an apology, admitting it did not handle the incident correctly.
Last Friday, a Twitter account appearing to be Mandela-Hlongwane’s posted about South Africa’s highly emotive land debate, tweeting: “Dear Apartheid Apologists, your time is over. You will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally #TheLandIsOurs.” Her tweets continued into Saturday.
Mandela-Hlongwane is the South African ambassador to Denmark.
“Details regarding Monday’s plan will be provided in due course,” said Mabe of South Africa’s ruling party’s plans against Hofmeyr.