Chester Missing to challenge Hofmeyr court order

Hofmeyr obtained the order after fight broke out between him and Conrad Koch on Twitter.

Political puppet Chester Missing and his puppet master Conrad Koch. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Comedian Conrad Koch says he will be challenging the protection order granted to musician Steve Hofmeyr against his puppet Chester Missing.

Hofmeyr obtained the order after a fight broke out between the two men on Twitter.

The musician obtained an order preventing Koch from making any public statements about him after some of his sponsors admitted they're now considering cancelling his contracts.

According to Hofmeyr, the court order states that Koch may not mention his name, his sponsors or his business partners directly or indirectly on TV, social media and radio interviews.

This means even though Koch is a well-known entertainer whose puppet plays a big role in the political satire show,_ Late Night News with Loyiso Gola_, he may not make reference to or poke fun at Hofmeyr.

Koch described Hofmeyr as a racist after the singer tweeted that black people are the architects of apartheid.

However, Koch says he respects the court order.

"It's important that we talk about white privilege and apartheid, satire around politics, social identity and the nature of our economic system."


This is not the first time the singer has been cast in the limelight for his apparent racism and supposed white supremist attitude.

Earlier this year, Hofmeyr was criticised for singing the old South African anthem at an Afrikaans club in Australia.

In 2012, Hofmeyr made death threats against comedian John Vlismas via Twitter.

He told reporters that he had stood up at the Comedy Central Roast and tweeted that the only reason he didn't "bliksem" the "tasteless" roaster was because Vlismas was "too short to hit and it would have ruined the evening for Comedy Central."

In another incident in 2011, Hofmeyr released the lyrics of a song which included the banned k-word.

The song titled, _Ons sal dit oorleef _(We will survive it), is apparently dedicated to the late leader of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, Eugene Terre'Blanche, who was killed on his farm in 2010.