I’m no racist, says Hofmeyr

Kathryn Kimberley

STEVE Hofmeyr loves Port Elizabeth women. He has dated them, finds them down-to-earth and wishes he had more children in the city.

The controversial Afrikaans singer was speaking ahead of his show at the Boardwalk’s News Cafe, which is part of his Haloda tour to celebrate his 25 years in the music industry. His final performance is tonight at 7.30pm.

While he was aware he sometimes caused friction across the racial divide – 5FM radio presenter Mabale Moloi stormed out of the studio during a recent interview – 48-year-old Hofmeyr said he respected different cultures.

“Racists hate other races. That is not true of me. Folk of all races know this, after 30 years of rubbing shoulders with me,” he said. “But I don’t do liberal blindness. I respect differences, but do not pretend they don’t exist.

“In a minority culture, I cannot be prescribed to by the same majorities who bully my culture and my mother tongue with my taxes.”

Describing PE as “Bloem-at- the-sea”, Hofmeyr said he tried to visit the city at least four times a year.

“I came here first to visit an old army friend. As a Bloemfontein native, I see PE as a ‘dorp’ city made famous by its friendly citizens.”

Last month, Hofmeyr made headlines when he was chosen as the subject of South Africa’s first Comedy Central Roast.

While tempers flared onscreen and a lot of dirty laundry was aired, Hofmeyr said he was never one to back down from a challenge.

“It was a healthy mixture of madness and fearlessness that made me do it. The roast was fun, but not always funny. [It was sometimes] embarrassing. All in all, I snored a lot.”

With his colourful history and controversial views, Hofmeyr was an obvious choice for the hotseat.

Whom would he like to roast, given the chance? “Julius Malema’s mother. What was she thinking.”

Despite having received numerous death threats for his controversial comments, Hofmeyr said he refused to apologise for his opinions.

“Everyone should be allowed to exercise their freedom of expression. Open opportunity and society is exactly what I voted for when I voted ‘yes’ for the new SA.

“This is not what we got. We got more racist policies and quotas, more unemployment, more mortalities, more rape, less health, less education, and lower life expectancy.”

Although he loves his country, there are many issues that would drive him to pack his bags.

“Brutality to my family, no future for my children, another decade of ANC nepotism and self-enrichment, more second- rate citizenship and more taxes that disappear into the black hole – that would force me to emigrate.

“But ultimately, my plan is to stay and turn this sinking ship around. We Afrikaners are the model comeback kids. We’re paranoid, but always dangerously on the rebound. I’m optimistic that there are many black and white South Africans who share the faith.”

The issue of name changes is something that gets his blood boiling. He said government’s proposal to change the names of 67 reserve army regiments was “culture vandalism”.

“It is what you do when your forefathers weren’t there when others achieved. Changing names is what [government] does to celebrate their ancestors’ paralysis.”

With a wedding to plan – to a woman who sued him – and more music to sell, Hofmeyr has his hands full. He looks forward to the challenges ahead.

“I do have a keen eye on the times and fleeting trends, but changing eras have been good to me,” he said.

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