Mngxitama’s kill whites speech ignored, Hofmeyr’s death threat to blacks charged


South Africans have continued to question the law in the country after ANC charged Steve Hofmeyr for his comments.

The African National Congress (ANC) laid criminal charges against singer Steve Hofmeyr at the Johannesburg Central police station on Monday afternoon.

The decision to lay criminal charges against Hofmeyr follows death threats made by Hofmeyr directed to South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, Zinzi Mandela-Hlongwane and the Democratic Alliance (DA) member of parliament, Phumzile Van Damme.

Hofmeyr tweeted on Tuesday: “Dear Phumzile van Damme and Zindzi Mandela, 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 and land, you WILL die. Our contract is that simple. And don’t you forget it.”

The ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said they have decided to lay charges at the Johannesburg Central because of its proximity to the party’s headquarters, and that they will be visiting the police station weekly to monitor the progress of the case.

According to Mabe, the party is concerned about the rise in racial disputes in the country and he said that is why the party wanted the case against Hofmeyr to be exemplary.

“We want this case to be used to consolidate the renewal that we have been talking about, we want this case to be used to unite our people. That is why we are taking this decisive action,” he said.

Mabe added that the party will always  act to protect the rights of others regardless of their political affiliation.

“We have also in the statement included Phumzile Van Damme who is an MP representing the Democratic Alliance in the National Assembly, because the constitution of this country protects her as well,” he added.

According to Mabe, former President Thabo Mbeki’s views to recall Mandela-Hlongwane are not the views of the party, and that can only be attended to by the Department of International Relations.

However, Black First Land First (BLF) president Andile Mngxitama has never been charged by the ruling party in all his divisive comments.

There have been video clips of Mngxitama threatening that he and his followers will kill white people and their pets has raised renewed calls for him to prosecuted for hate speech.

Mngxitama was speaking at a party event in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

However, he said that he had been speaking in the context of “self-defence” and was being misunderstood and taken out of that supposed context.

Lol whites say @BLF_SouthAfrica must be investigated for saying self defense is a natural right. Lol.

— andile (@Mngxitama) December 9, 2018

Mngxitama said he would only kill white people if they killed black people first. He also involved billionaire businessman Johann Rupert in his explanation, claiming that Rupert is somehow involved in stoking black-on-black violence by “paying” taxi bosses to kill black people and he would not stand for it.

White people have convinced themselves that they can unleash violence upon blacks and blacks have no right to fight back. Fighting back is considered a violation of the sanctity of whiteness

— andile (@Mngxitama) December 9, 2018

The party believes that, due to the alleged theft of land by white people during colonisation and apartheid, white South Africans Should give up the land.


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