Plaintiff attorney Tracey Lomax recently said a number of co-applicants are expected to file several inferences regarding racism, hate speech, apartheid denialism – including sexism, homophobia and incitement to violence – against Roodt, Hofmeyr and Afrikaans singer Sunette Bridges in the equality court early next year.
Lomax has since said that the complainants would not pursue Bridges as she already faces similar charges instituted against her by the SA Human Rights Commission.
This after a number of statements Hofmeyr made on Twitter which caused major backlash from the online community.
One such tweet was: “Sorry to offend, but in my books blacks were the architects of apartheid. Go figure.”
The tweet led to a month-long feud between Hofmeyr, who was supported by Roodt, and ventriloquist Conrad Koch, handler of puppet and political commentator Chester Missing.
An interim sought by Hofmeyr against Koch was eventually dismissed in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court last month.
Hofmeyr labels the pending action “hogwash”
Hofmeyr told The Citizen he cannot become a racist because “people so direly need one,” and that it was clear that people are “speaking over each other’s’ heads” because there is “so little consensus on national definitions for apartheid, transformation, racism, diversity, entitlement and affirmative actions”.
“The other allegations are simply a witch hunt to ridicule and discredit me,” said Hofmeyr.
“In 2014, I was labelled gay and anti-gay in the same week. Also as Satanist, religious fundamentalist, sexist and racist. I have little time to reflect on such hogwash.”
Hofmeyr said his agenda was one of a truly equal playing field, minus entitlement claims, and that if “white debt, race-based policies and presidents blaming everything on apartheid” did not stop, “it would be too late to turn the ship around”.
He added that this was the level playing field he voted for in 1992 and 1994.
Hofmeyr said there is “a rabid entitlement strangling us economically that can only be stopped if South Africans agreed to a shared complicity to a sordid past”.
He added that he does not patronise groups and that his opinions are subjective but “common-sense observations from the past”.
“I do not believe something is racist if it is true.”
Hofmeyr said that no race or tribe is free from deficit or objectionable behaviour, but that it appeared that his had been singled out for South African debt.
Roodt blames cultural Marxism and threatens a class action suit against government.
Roodt slammed the allegations, currently being compiled in a dossier, saying that their freedom of speech is under threat.
“It is totally absurd that cultural Marxists should arrogate unto themselves the right to smear and damage others while denying us the right to even state the facts about South Africa’s endemic violence!”
Roodt, citing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, said: “600 people died in police violence during 40 years of apartheid. Cultural Marxists call that a crime against humanity. Yet when we complain about the genocidal number of murders since 1994, 500 000 in total, they want to silence or imprison us!”
Roodt said the murder statistics were of all races and not only whites.
According to Roodt, the Pro-Afrikaanse Aksiegroep (PRAAG), which he runs, will soon launch a class-action suit, claiming compensation on behalf of all victims of violent crime.
“Marxism, including the cultural kind, belongs in the dustbin of history. We are certain of our victory over this insidious ideology.”
Roodt added that they would be suing on behalf of people of all races who have been victims of violent crime, and that they were still deciding which government department to sue.
“…but probably it will be the Minister of Police who has been negligent in not protecting us from murderers, rapists and robbers. Or perhaps this has been deliberate, so as to scare off the white population, many of whom have emigrated after being attacked by marauding bandits.”
Lomax seeks to uphold the spirit of section 16 of the constitution
Lomax said a claim was being formulated on behalf of a number of co-plaintiffs that would detail incidents including sexism, homophobia and incitement to violence against Hofmeyr and Roodt.
The co-applicants have not yet been named.
Lomax said her team have been busy compiling a dossier of “any online publications by them (Roodt and Hofmeyr), be it in the form of a blog post, a tweet or a Facebook post, as well as anything said publicly.”
Lomax said the purpose was to obtain an order which upholds section 16 of the Constitution, which states that all in South Africa have the right to freedom of expression, but not when it extends to propaganda for war, incitement of imminent violence or advocacy of hatred based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion.
“We hope that the court will declare these utterances to be in conflict with the tenets of the Equality Act and the Constitution…”
Lomax added that after 20 years of democracy, South Africa was still battling to overcome centuries of division, distrust and inability to communicate.
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The Steve Hofmeyr vs. Chester Missing saga
“Sorry to offend, but in my books blacks were the architects of apartheid. Go figure,” Hofmeyr tweeted in October.
This tweet was the catalyst for a month-long war of words between Hofmeyr – supported by Afrikaans activist Dan Roodt – and ventriloquist Conrad Koch and his puppet Chester Missing.
The Twitter war, or twar, took a break after Hofmeyr had an interim protection order granted against Koch.
Hofmeyr later told The Citizen the tweet was an observation about a period predating apartheid.
Earlier this month, at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court, Roodt, who appeared on behalf of Hofmeyr, argued Koch’s campaign on social media amounted to harassment and was harming the singer financially.
Koch’s legal team said he had the right to call out racism – which amounted to protected speech.
Magistrate Naren Sewnarain found Hofmeyr exposed himself to criticism, satire and ridicule and was not satisfied Hofmeyr should be accorded the protection of the order.
He said the statements made by the Afrikaans singer were “racially provocative”.
The gag order was subsequently set aside and Roodt and Hofmeyr were ordered to pay Koch’s legal fees.