Zelda La Grange pens open letter to Steve Hofmeyr
The Afrikaans singer's decision to sing Die Stem at a festival in Nelspruit, has received a lot of criticism. One of the critics is Zelda La Grange, who's written an open letter to him.
In the letter, which was published in Beeld, Zelda tells Steve he can sing Die Stem if he chooses, but also mentions he could use his influence as an artist positively.
"So while I think that it is your fullest constitutional right to sing Die Stem at the gathering, I feel that you precisely have this platform to try and influence things in a positive manner rather than using our language and culture in a way that leads to segregation."
She also asks him if he feels that singing Die Stem has strengthened nation building. "If you say that nation building has failed, doesn't it mean that two parties failed. Both sides have failed and I therefore ask what you have done to further establish or further nation building?"
Zelda was late President Nelson Mandela's personal assistant.
No doubt Steve will write a book in reply...