Steve Hofmeyr is like one those annoying C-list celebrities, who because of the tiniest slither of fame (or should I say notoriety - because of his vrye voel days), he believes his opinion matters. Steve, just give it a rest. No one cares!
Eddie - 2011-02-13 17:26
Who are you?
Mister wise guy?
Bryan - 2011-02-13 17:30
It doesn't matter James, I don't buy or listen to his music either but the fact that he stands up for what he believes in, and stands against up a song (and retards that support the song) that incites torture, rape and violent murder of famers should be applauded, or are you a supporter of such things?
BernieK - 2011-02-13 20:08
James - do not worry about Steve, worry what he is worrying about. If you endorse the killing of white farmers (3800 plus so far), then I can understand you, but it seems that you are extremely naive. You better look what is going on around you and perhaps thanks Steve for his concern for the ethnixc leansing of whites in this country.
James Lenoir - 2011-02-13 21:27
@Brian and georgp2 Ever heard the fable of the Lemming, that cautionary tale of lemmings committing suicide as they all rush off after each other, launching themselves off a cliff with vigor, and then falling to their death?
The point is, everyone (on News24) is so eager to mindlessly dismiss Bono as some Afrikaner-hating Irishman (as a foreigner with no insight in ZA politics). Whereas, the irony is that his insight comes exactly from a experiences growing up in Ireland. He merely gave his OPINION, that given HIS life's experience, the singing of revolutionary songs were not frowned upon. The inability of white South Africans to acknowledge their part in Apartheid South Africa's history, is ultimately the source of all the controversy, a seemingly never-ending hamster wheel of unresolved white guilt, white entitlement and concepts of white supremacy.
Personally, I see no need for the song "Kill the Boer" especially in post-Apartheid South Africa, especially when it is sung by a majority that is NOW in power, however knee jerk reactions based purely on the opinions of someone like Bono is immature and redundant.
In this regard, Afrikaner South Africans can not claim to be victims, and therein lies the crux. Ironically, far-right Afrikaner bloggers are eager to portray Afrikanerdom as a victim of some greater controversy, when in fact none exist. Crime does not just target whites, nor does it selectively target whites over blacks, or coloureds over blacks or Indians...
Bryan - 2011-02-13 22:12
James : I agree that there are victims of crime along the broad spectrum of people regardless of race, but we do not have just "general crime" where farmers are concerned, but a very direct targeting of them for political gain as an act of terrorism. Nowhere else do you find the brutality experienced on these farms. We cannot dismiss Shoot the Boer as just another song when it incites hatred and further murderous actions against a segment of our popultation, no matter how large or small and regardless of race. We shouldn't condone it at all.
If we were trully a rainbow nation and a government of "national unity", this song wouldn't be sung at all, we would have freedom songs for all races warning of the past and looking towards a brighter future for all South African, but we also can't have that with the likes of affirmative action which also targets a segment of the population, so again we see discrimination coming from the majority, which only sevres to seperate us as a people perpetually.
James Lenoir - 2011-02-13 22:57
Have you seen the brutality of crime in the townships? The rapes, the murders, the assaults? If not, speak to anyone who works in the emergency sector (paramedics, policemen, firefighters etc.). It's definitely not just white farmers who are being targeted. The assertion that one racial group is being targeted by the "swart gevaar" is dangerous and insidious propaganda, primarily because it speaks to a generation of young and white South Africans who are rightfully feeling disenfranchised, uncertain and bleak about their part in South Africa (I know this feeling well).
The purpose of this propaganda is simple, to create a sense of victimhood (almost circa post-Anglo Boer war but without the actual realities of that conflict. i.e. the concentration camps) and to foster a race war, with the intend to create a new Boer state. Who ever is behind this, is following the classic Neo-Nazi model very well, by focusing on fear, dehumanizing blacks, and fostering a sense of racial and ethnic pride. Hence, the disconnect when speaking about crime, and the lack of empathy for black Africans in townships.
PS: Incidentally, are you aware that the vast majority of articles, news inserts on black-on-black crime rarely gets reported on? Why? Because it's not considered news, primarily because of the sheer numbers involved. However, it takes a particularly vicious case to make it to syndication. This is the reality.
James Lenoir - 2011-02-13 23:24
You know what I find disgusting, using the deaths of 3500 innocent South African farmers as pawns in some sick political jousting match.
"Look they killed 3500 of us, and let's forget the tens of thousands of faceless blacks lying in graves across South Africa because their lives have been cut short by opportunistic animals"
Unless you consider the whole sordid tale of how crime is crippling this country, we'll never get anywhere.
AJ - 2011-02-14 07:05
Yeah, Steve Hofmeyr cannot voice an opinion but James Lenoir can? Seriously......
Kaleidoscope - 2011-02-14 10:48
@James - I agree with you on all your comments, so that must make me a chop to!
Jerry - 2011-02-14 14:56
I care James_Lenoir !! No one should encourage killings. BernieK is 100% correct. If you can align your last 2 brain-cells try reading his post again.
Wonderboy - 2011-02-14 15:00
Looking at the posts, it seems to me that more people care than those of you who seem not to care but still post as if they do care. Strange!