by Kgomotso Modise
The African National Congress (ANC) said the Tweets by Steve Hofmeyr about Denmark ambassador Zindzi Mandela and Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament Phumzile van Damme were a textbook example of white privilege.
The governing party would on Thursday morning open a case against Hofmeyr after he threatened the two with death if they tried to take his land.
Tweets by Mandela on apartheid apologists and the land, as well as Van Damme punching a man at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town during a racist incident, preceded Hofmeyr’s comments.
ANC’s Pule Mabe said Hofmeyr’s tweets hark back to the crude apartheid past and demonstrate white arrogance.
“We believe they’re not only racist but also inhumane, full of barbarism, white supremacy and toxic masculinity.”
While the DA and AfriForum have called for Mandela to be recalled, Mabe said the ANC was opening that criminal case on her behalf.
“We’re opening a case because the rants made by Steve Hofmeyr are themselves denigrative, undermining; they divide us as a nation. They defeat every objective that we seek to move forward to unite our nation.”
Meanwhile, Van Damme would also be opening her own case against Hofmeyr for his comments.
She said she would be finalising her affidavit after the State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening.
ANC leadership would be at the Cape Town police station at 11 am.