Steve Hofmeyr dumps U2 tickets

2011-02-13 15:38
Pretoria - Steve Hofmeyr has dumped U2 tickets worth R5 000 into the Jukskei River in protest against Bono's comments on the "shoot the farmer" song.

Hofmeyr said in a tweet: "I have just dumped my R5000 worth of U2 tickets in the Jukskei. I'm going home. I can find no context for that song. Sorry&goodbye".

Irishman Bono, who is in South Africa for the band's 360° tour, has caused a stir in the country by expressing support for the singing of the "shoot the farmer" song.

See pics from the Jhb concert here

"I was a kid and I'd sing songs I remember my uncles singing... rebel songs about the early days of the Irish Republican Army," he said, proceeding to sing a song whose lyrics spoke of carrying guns and readying them for action.

"We sang this and it's fair to say it's folk music... as this was the struggle of some people that sang it over some time," he told the Sunday Times.

But the rocker went on to say such songs shouldn't be sung in the wrong context.

"Would you want to sing that in a certain community? It's pretty dumb," he said.

"It's about where and when you sing those songs. There's a rule for that kind of music."

The Johannesburg concert is being held in the FNB Stadium near Soweto.


  • Julius - 2011-02-13 15:43

    ie Bono recommends all to be closet racists

      factsforlive - 2011-02-13 18:32

      spot on

      mal.emmer - 2011-02-13 20:52

      U2 take an egg with and yolko Bono

      NewZimBobwe - 2011-02-14 12:04

      Steve Hofmeyer for president.

      Thangy - 2011-02-14 12:17

      Steve is such an idiot!

      Sonja - 2011-02-14 12:23

      @ Jungle Girl, please post the link, I cant find it. Would love to read what he ACTUALLY said...

      Sipho - 2011-02-14 14:58

      Who is Steve Hofmeyr? A chop liked by about 2 percent of South Africans. He is a no-one. Why so much of media on someone whos is a no-one. Sad racist media people we have, sensationlising someone who does not exist in more than 90 percent of South Africans. Lets forget about this silly man throwing his toys everywhere.

  • JV du Toit - 2011-02-13 15:45

    People shouldn't litter.

      tiotudg - 2011-02-13 16:10

      Ja, maar ook nie met die tong nie.

  • amelia.keyser - 2011-02-13 15:46

    O well there go my like for the band too,it's easy to speak if it is not your blood that is lying on the ground in any race or culture.

      mal.emmer - 2011-02-13 20:53

      U2 take and egg with and yolko Bolo

  • otiose - 2011-02-13 15:49

    Steve, i never liked you before. But that's an awesome gesture! Well done!

      mal.emmer - 2011-02-13 20:53

      Take an egg with and yolko Bono

  • Dawn - 2011-02-13 15:51

    While I fully back the sentiment, it would have had more value had Steve insisted on his money back ... Bono still made his money, Steve got to throw his toys out of the cot ... so who benefited?

      john - 2011-02-13 20:23

      Bono would have got the money anyway. If Steve didn't want his tickets and got his money back, you don't think somebody else would have snapped them up? In answer to the question, both benefited. They're both playing to audiences and both will get increased sales because of this. Bono cemented his reputation for being empathetic to Africa's liberation struggles, which will result in some Malema followers now buying U2 music. Steve cemented his reputation as the De La Rey of the 21st century, bolstering his market share among disgruntled whites. They're probably both highly delighted with the outcome. That was a well-spent R5k on Steve's part. He couldn't have got better exposure if he'd taken out a full page ad in the Sunday Times. And that would have cost him like half a million.

      mal.emmer - 2011-02-13 20:54

      Take an egg with and yolko Bono

      Hopestar - 2011-02-14 18:18

      @ John, agree 100%.

      Lanfear - 2011-02-15 08:55

      Well said John! So true.

  • Bitterpoep - 2011-02-13 15:52

    Well done Steve !!

      mal.emmer - 2011-02-13 20:55

      Take an egg with and Yolko Bono

  • lmduplessis - 2011-02-13 15:55

    Well, unless he STOLE the tickets, the money still went to U2, so it'll be a pretty useless gesture! - 2011-02-13 16:22

      Wont be useless if U2 play to an empty stadium. Who cares about the money?

      Wesley - 2011-02-13 16:30

      That is true. An empty stadium is the key. Everybody must throw their tickets away or simply don't buy them

      branden.hart - 2011-02-14 11:20

      Well no one missed Steve anyway. Self styled SA Celeb

      Lanfear - 2011-02-15 08:58

      LOL! Everybody throw away their tickets? Yah, like that is ever going to happen! U2 will never play for an empty stadium and they don't need the money anway, they're filthy rich. All Steve did is embarrass himself. Really, do you think someone with the status of Bono gives a damn what someone with the status of Steve thinks or does? Probably about 100 Afrikaners will also throw away their tickets in sympathy with Steve. And that will be that. Besides, read the whole of Bono's comments, not just an extract twisted to appeal to the general disgruntled public.

  • - 2011-02-13 15:56

    Bono went from Hero to Zero in my eyes! How can someone who is such a humanitarian make such a flaw!!! how can you compare the struggle in RSA with that of Ireland? It is chalk and cheese! Bono as such a role model for humanitarianism and an advocate of the people should know better than to try and interfere with current politics in a country!!! There is a difference between folk songs that are there to incite pride and resistance and a song that calls for genocide of a current group of people! I've always enjoyeed their music and now i've deleted it all!

      Bryan - 2011-02-13 16:46


      Johann - 2011-02-13 17:07

      its not the money !its the principle of the matter. what does that bloody irishman know about africa politics ask that bbc reporter ,"the bloody agent"about africa!30000 farmers dead, murdered! the irish should stick to building ocean liners like the titanic!

      ZenBoer - 2011-02-13 17:09

      could not have said it better

      Jungle_Girl - 2011-02-13 20:20

      idiot. Go and read the full article and then you can pay to reload all the songs.

      tommo - 2011-02-14 10:29

      Hey Mat, read the article, he never even mentioned anything about boere, or the actual song. He only mentioned how his own songs in Ireland related to his struggle, but that these songs must always be in context. Soooo, you're all talking cr*p. Please, do not rely on ONE Sunday Times journalist's headline to make up your opinion.

      Oryx_ZA - 2011-02-14 17:12

      it would not be difficult at all to compare South Africa with Ireland. A systematic oppression of the large majority of a population for the benefit of the wealthy minority. This statement is just as true for Irelands recent past as it is true for South Africa, in fact many Catholics in Ireland use South Africa as an example of what they want to achieve. I do not support the public singing of "shoot the boar", but i do not presume to dictate what people can say or do in their private many of you use the k word in your own homes.....

  • R.Suppards - 2011-02-13 15:56

    Maybe Bonehead Bono would change his tune if a close relative inherited a bullet from a political opponent

  • tdk25 - 2011-02-13 15:58

    Steve who???

      tiotudg - 2011-02-13 16:11

      Maak nie saak nie. Gaan oor die moedige gebaar

      Wonderboy - 2011-02-14 14:46

      Read the article.

  • antonbar - 2011-02-13 16:00

    Lees hier:

      antonbar - 2011-02-13 16:04

      Let's suppose an Englishman sings a song in Dublin: "Kill the Paddy, kill the Mick", in honour of Oliver Cromwell, who massacred innocent Irish civilians. Would Bono also see the "context" (sic)?

      Pink_Polony - 2011-02-13 19:05

      Good call anton...

  • Liz2882 - 2011-02-13 16:00

    unfortunately U2 do not give a damn! they are still wealthy artists, who will "flit" out of the country without thinking about anything they commented on, and what hurt they leave behind! A really stupid comment to get involved in our political messups...who does he think he is?

  • Albert - 2011-02-13 16:02

    Bonehead should shut the hell up as the Irish have room to talk about racism . What does he say about the "LOVE" between the Protestant and Cathlolics in his own home.

      Bryan - 2011-02-13 16:47


      lldoidge - 2011-02-13 17:15

      No problem with protestants and catholics loving each other in Ireland. There's a difference between the republic of ireland and northern ireland. Although I agree with you that Bono should keep his overinflated mouth shut about things he doesn't know.

      Jerry - 2011-02-14 14:40

      LIKE x2

  • Louis - 2011-02-13 16:03

    This was a totaly insensitive thing to say and there is no comparison to the songs Bono sang and the song Julius is singing.I did not read that Bono said kill the Catholic or Kill the Protastant. It was out of line and Bono owes my people an apology.I would also have riped up my tikets.I also cannot aprove of Bono's stance on global ecumenisim!And take off that bent cross its satanic,but if you keep it on we will know where you stand...

      Leeboss - 2011-02-13 21:23

      Spelling first Louis, then odd religious remarks see?

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-02-13 16:04

    Bono the bozo should piss off back 'ome mate

      Shistirrer - 2011-02-15 09:37

      Dude, I've asked you before - STOP USING MY NAME, PLEASE!!! There can be only one Shistirrer, and I was first, anyway.

  • cal - 2011-02-13 16:05

    well done, Steve. Would be interesting to see what reaction we will get should he sing it at the show. Typical Afrikaner, they will sing along ....

  • Gerhard - 2011-02-13 16:07

    Steve, as ek tickets gehad het, het ek dit ook in die toilet afgespoel!

  • tiotudg - 2011-02-13 16:09


  • 106106sa - 2011-02-13 16:12

    I will never buy another U2 song/dvd or whatever!!

  • systemreset - 2011-02-13 16:17

    I must say, in the last year or so, my respect for Mr. Hofmeyer has grown considerably.

      Eddie - 2011-02-13 16:36

      I agree Not allways correct but acceptable!!! LOL

      Bryan - 2011-02-13 16:49

      systemreset : Agreed.

      Bryan - 2011-02-13 18:43

      Anything that doesn't support the killing of white famers is "racist", isn't it you paluka?

      Picasso - 2011-02-14 07:33

      @cammaratagerardo, No, morons like you that support genocide songs are the racists.

      Hennie - 2011-02-14 12:06

      @cammaratagerardo , you are the IDIOT , you Racist Bastard!!!.You are one of them!!!!!,

      nuclear - 2011-02-14 12:48

      The Hof is here to stay! LOL!

  • Big Mouth - 2011-02-13 16:17

    Yea BONER... let's sing songs about killing your mother and your grandmother.... and see how you like it. I am now officially OVER U2. I really wish that u had a brain to back up your rhetoric.

      johnsexpot - 2011-02-17 14:36

      I agree with you that Bono is a f@ck nut but so is Steve!! And you dumb krugersdorp people should all move to Brakpan where you belong!

  • Stompies - 2011-02-13 16:19

    Ande Rieu behoort ook geboikot te word oor sy kolonialistiese opmerkings tov swart mense wat nog sy nie sy konserte bywoon agv apartheid nie, maar dit wel nog eendag sal doen. tipiese paternalis!

  • - 2011-02-13 16:22

    Well done Steve. I admire what you have done.

  • Eddie - 2011-02-13 16:27

    Steve Laat die mense maar se wat hulle wil. Jy ROCK!!!!!! Kom altyd op vir ons! As almal maar net wou saam stem!!! Die blanke Suid Afrikaner wil altyd net mekaar sleg se!

  • Mike - 2011-02-13 16:27

    Is that what all those okes are doing wading around in the river? It is so unfortunate that Bono even got drawn into the subject. He should leave politics to the brain dead and stick to his music.

  • Yucca - 2011-02-13 16:29

    Hopefully some farmers downstream pick them up.Going to the U2 concert may keep them safer than @home ?

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-13 17:13

      I agree

  • Louis - 2011-02-13 16:31

    Steve I comend the act. People should relise this is showing that we will not just take it. Bono what are you going to do about the people whos death warent you just signed?I hope all Afrikaners will not go to the concert.If you go you are acountable as well.

  • Wes - 2011-02-13 16:32

    Wasn't this the same Bono who started clapping his hands at a concert in Scotland and said every time I clap my hands a person dies in Africa. Some pissed Scotsman piped up and said well why the fook don't you stop clapping then you twat.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-13 17:20

      Yes, the same Bono that lives in absolute luxury. If he cared so much about the poor he would sell his house and donate the proceeds to those poor!

  • Les - 2011-02-13 16:38

    I agree to destroy the tickets - I would have done so as well - but in the river, come on Steve our water ways are bad enough without you being stupid....... Les

  • briansmith702 - 2011-02-13 16:43

    What else can you expect from the Irish scum They have always been the scumbags of the English speaking people and sure will remain that way.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-13 17:21

      And you know them don't you brainsmith702!!!! Talk about opening your mouth to fart!!!!

  • Bryan - 2011-02-13 16:44

    Steve : Thank you for being a true South African Patriot and standing up for your (and our beliefs) against a politically motivated band and individual supporting the incitement (behind closed doors) through a "struggle song" (which has been over for 17-years) to continue to torture, rape and violently murder the Boers in this country.

      Boeta Nev - 2011-02-13 20:23

      I think you should replace South African with Afrikaner then you post would make sense

  • MP3 - 2011-02-13 16:44

    I wonder if Bono is in cahoots with the ANC... I wonder if he is aware of the Military Training the ANYCL is after?

      Bryan - 2011-02-13 16:51

      U2 has been supporting the ANC for years, financially and through "public support"/propaganda...

  • Louis - 2011-02-13 16:48

    I have had it I am from now on going to start doing something to speak out for my People and for what is right against what is wrong.I want my people to reunite under the leadership of The LORD JESUS CHRIST. The time has come to not take this sort of nonsense lying down. We have the responsibility for our Parents Grand Perents and our Children. We have got to stand upfor what is right.Have any of you seen how violent these farm murders are? We can no longer stand silently whitnessing.

      yebo46664 - 2011-02-13 16:59

      a jewish religion is not going to save the whits race. thats for sure. White man, white relgion. we are nordic people. we should worship a nordic god. Thor, we kick their arses. that little irish bastatrd will pay one day.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-02-13 17:23

      Please don't bring religion into this, it's just another way to divide people. You can believe what you want but I would much rather unite under the banner of 'humanity' than be forced to unite under the banner of something which I don't believe in. Leave the gods out of this one.

      Will2.0 - 2011-02-14 16:28

      Haha...good luck, buddy. "Your people" can't unite because they're all megalomaniacs. Why are there so many tiny right-wing movements? Because everyone's a baas. The rightwingers don't need another leader, they need to learn to follow. (Or just learn to learn from the past for a start.) Otherwise one day you'll wake up and find South Africa has moved on and you really don't belong anymore.

  • Alan - 2011-02-13 16:52

    I also got excited : I thought he said that he first stuck the U2 tickets up Bono's arse and then dumped him in the Jukskei. I'm neither Irish nor Afrikaner, but I have huge respect for both nations. Bono is a disgrace to his Irishness and I know of no Afrikaner who would deliberately offend the Irish. Bono is a sick Irish joke

      Louis - 2011-02-13 17:02

      Thats correct.Our great grand parents spilled blood together in the Boereoorlog. We like the Irish but not Bono and starting to dislike John Robbie

  • alxpau001 - 2011-02-13 16:54

    Has anyone actually read the article? (including Steve) or are we all just doing the typical SA thing and making assumptions on a 1 liner. In the interview he clearly states that anyone sings songs like this in public are just plain dumb. They have a place, just not everywhere... Steve has already demonstrated that he is a racist biggot in the past, this doesn't impress me, nor does it suprise me...

      moiraine - 2011-02-13 19:27

      nope he does not say that singing songs in public is dumb. He says: singing songs like that in a "certain community" is dumb. Which community is he talking about? The Black, White, Indian, Coloured, Zulu, Afrikaans, English, farming or any other community. That is an extremely ambiguous statement actually. It could just mean dont sing the song in front of boers. To which people could say there are not many boers at Julius Malemas rallies. The only person who mentioned not singing in public was somebody interpreting his statement on the times website. He probably did mean that it mustnt be in public, but he really left it hanging in the air as to what he means.

      BernieK - 2011-02-13 20:34

      Alxpau001 - just because Steve does not dance to the tune of the ANC does not make him a racist. What do YOU know about farm killings anyway?

      Picasso - 2011-02-14 07:37

      alxpau001 clearly you didn't read the article.

  • Sir Richard - 2011-02-13 16:55

    so that = 2 of Bobo's tickets. Who cares Stevie. Of course, R5000 equals ticket value for your entire Free State tour. Bwahahha

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-02-13 17:23

      Laughing out loud, you made my day

      Margie - 2011-02-13 21:52

      I care Steve is absolutly right!!and millions of SA citizens have felt the hurt and agony!!!

      Mystic Boer - 2011-02-14 08:29

      @ Sir Richard.....although I am not at all a fan of "Stevie", fact is he makes more money in a month than you will make in a lifetime.

      nuclear - 2011-02-14 12:50

      That was brilliant Sir Richard!

      Jerry - 2011-02-14 14:49

      Richard, you are either WITH or AGAINST murderers. Don't mind the race. You don't seems to be against it. If someone close to you gets murdered, don't come cry us a river.

  • Alan - 2011-02-13 16:57

    I also got excited : I thought he said that he first stuck the U2 tickets up Bono's arse and then dumped him in the Jukskei. I'm neither Irish nor Afrikaner, but I have huge respect for both nations. Bono is a disgrace to his Irishness and I know of no Afrikaner who would deliberately offend the Irish. Bono is a sick Irish joke

  • Ron - 2011-02-13 17:01

    Im shocked that Bono was so outspoken about struggle song " shoot the farmer". It is so different to the struggle exerienced in his time. Are we not living in a democratic country now. I would understand had this been pre 1994.

      Louis - 2011-02-13 17:16

      Have you not figured out that the ANC is comunistic and that what we have for a cov. is going in that direction. Wake up people. The ANC and the SACP is one and the same they even share leaders. How blind are you

  • Mpho R - 2011-02-13 17:05

    Bono must be asking, who is this Steve Hofmeyer chap? Some karaoke king, perhaps?

      Bryan - 2011-02-13 17:32

      Doesn't matter either, no-one should be supporting U2 at this point, and if the ANC keep paying lip-service to "national unity" and to this kind of BS they too would oppose the song and any support thereof.

  • Fanie - 2011-02-13 17:07

    Steve jy het sopas my dag gemaak. Ek wens meer mense wil dit doen. Ek weet nie wat wil daai BONEHEAD hier doe nie

  • Richard - 2011-02-13 17:07

    Steve,if u are no longer able to sing good songs just retire from public life than to inject our youth with your poison, What u are doing is like you do not wish this country to prosper you always came out on racist remarks what's wrong with u? Do'nt behave like a kid with down dydrome.

      Louis - 2011-02-13 17:18

      Strange that it is always in reply to a racist or inflaming gov coment Idiot

      Bryan - 2011-02-13 17:26

      Richard, how the f$ck is he supporting racism when he is against the very thing the song is preaching, tonsil!?

      Radical Buss - 2011-02-13 17:48

      Same way as Zuma and Malema make racist remarks. Chirp them for a change you racist!

      Perfume - 2011-02-13 17:58

      And Bono singing the song is ok....bloody idiot!!!!

      Bryan - 2011-02-13 18:47

      Radical Buss : When was he making statements like "Kill the black, Kill the sqautter" or anything racist (for eg.) you dumb phoes? Anything anti-ANC or anti-killing the famer is racist, hey? Doucherocket.

      Judge DREAD - 2011-02-13 19:11

      @Richard, the country will prosper a lot more if Farmers that put food on your table arent murdered by racists cronies of Malema- you sir as a supposed proud South African should care for your fellow South African and not defend racist songs like Kill the Boer.

      BernieK - 2011-02-13 20:05

      Richard - 3800 white farmers were killed, so keep your trap shut! You obviously have not been affected by a farm killing, but boy I do not wish that to you. I do not wish it upon you if you know someone that was brutally slaughtered in a bath like a sheep. You do not want to experience it and then come out with your stupid cheap comments. You are very very naive and perhaps live in a city very far away from ethnic cleansing. Unless of course if you endorse the murdering of white farmers, yes then I can fathom your stupid comments.

      Kaleidoscope - 2011-02-13 21:34

      @Richard - Steve is just jeleous because he can't sing and Bono can!

      nuclear - 2011-02-14 12:52

      Go Richard! But please don't insult down syndrome kids who display 100 times the Hof's intelligence!

      Wonderboy - 2011-02-14 14:57

      What is down dydrome? Is it something that causes one to misspell words? Is it OK for Bono to do it though?

  • CaveatEmptor - 2011-02-13 17:10

    Mooi Steve

  • Firebird - 2011-02-13 17:10

    Well done Steve. Brilliant statement from a true SOUTH AFRICAN.

  • Stofbolletji - 2011-02-13 17:12

    Don't worry Bono,we will kick some serious Irish come the RWC.That is if there is anything left of the Irish after the French hiding they will surely receive today.Rock on Steve!

      lldoidge - 2011-02-13 17:53

      Eish, the Irish are busy whipping the French arses!!!! What have the Irish rugby team got to do with Bono? They hate him as much as we do.

  • Dean - 2011-02-13 17:14

    Well done Steve I'm dumping all my u2 CDs. Bono you should think before you talk, look at the murder rate in sa !!

  • Win14 - 2011-02-13 17:15

    That shows you how dumb all those musicians are apart from composing music. Because of all the insane money that they make they think they are demi-gods and must advise the world on every other issue as well. Sing, and then shut up I say. Or how do you feel about Germans singing "Jews into the oven" which would be the equivalent of "shoot the farmer" !??

  • craig.joseph2 - 2011-02-13 17:18

    its a pity that Bono made the comments before doing a bit of research as to how many farmers are being brutally murdered on a DAILY basis.

  • James Lenoir - 2011-02-13 17:18

    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

      so what! 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

      @Bryan 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

      @Bryan @BernieK 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!

  • lachlan.macdougall - 2011-02-13 17:19

    The song is hate-speech, i dont see any reason or "rule" that should allow or advocate the singing of it. I am not a fan of Steve, but i applaud him for standing up. I hope more people boycott Bono for that statement.

      Bryan - 2011-02-13 17:27


  • Eddie - 2011-02-13 17:21

    "Steve Hofmeyr dumps U2 tickets" Can somebody just correct the headline????