Johannesburg - South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Monday opened a case of violence and crimen injuria against Afrikaans musician Steve Hofmeyr for “death threats” made against South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane, and the opposition Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament, Phumzile van Damme.
The charges come after the controversial singer tweeted: "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."
ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed the case was opened on Monday at the Johannesburg central police station to send a strong message that the party urges South Africans to continue to build a non-racial democratic society and isolate people that continue to promote racism in the country.
“The ANC holds no brief to sympathise with racists, and will not hesitate to report their conduct to authorities regardless of their public standing. Laying charges of crimen injuria against Steve Hofmeyr will send a strong message that racists have no place in our democratic society,” said Mabe.
Mabe added that the issue of land was a sensitive and imperative matter.
“The question of land is an emotive issue and we are confident that the role our national assembly is undertaking is a responsible one, therefore no one has the right to make irresponsible and reckless statements,” he added.
The ANC also urged South Africans to isolate people who "continue to promote racism in our country".
The party said it remained resolute in its campaign of building a "non-racial, democratic and prosperous society".
The singer’s comments came after ambassador Mandela-Hlongwane’s tweets to “apartheid apologists” and “land thieves,” warning them that black people were going to seize land in South Africa.
The diplomat took on those who disagreed with her and was supported by the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters.
International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor, however, subsequently put her foot down, telling Mandela-Hlongwane that she was a diplomat and was expected to conduct herself as such and adhere to social media policy for the public sector.
Van Damm also made headlines recently when she punched a man at the V&A Waterfront after he came into her space and allegedly said "voetsek you black", before throwing her phone on the ground.