Comedian openly challenges Pick N Pay, Land Rover for sponsoring Hofmeyr

Conrad Koch says the companies give the impression they are condoning Steve Hofmeyr’s inflammatory comment.

Chester Missing and Conrad Koch. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Ventriloquist and comedian Conrad Koch has openly challenged Pick N Pay and Land Rover South Africa on their continued sponsorship of an Afrikaans music festival at which Steve Hofmeyr will be performing.

Koch is a well-known entertainer whose puppet, Chester Missing, plays a big role in the political satire show, Late Night News with Loyiso Gola (LNN).

In a column in the Times newspaper called ' Dear White Supremacists,' Koch instructs society on how to deal with white supremacists.

He mentions Hofmeyr and the controversial comment he tweeted.

"The thing is you can't argue with Steve because he has this completely ridiculous understanding of it all and not a masters degree in anthropology. He says these racist things without considering how it impacts on our society. The only reason he is sounding so loud is because the corporate world gives him credibility."

Koch adds that it's wonderful that companies like Pick N Pay are supporting Afrikaans music but at the same time, he feels the music festival excludes other races.

"You should ask yourself, is this festival about Afrikaans music or just boere? The majority of Afrikaans speakers are black. Why are there no black artists listed in their line-up?"

He mentioned Pick N Pay is giving the impression that the company is condoning Hofmeyr's skewed opinion by not condemning it.

Pick N Pay is however adamant that they are sponsoring a music festival and not any individual artist performing at the festival.

Koch argued that Hofmeyr can say what he wants but his sponsors should be taken to task for their tacit support.