Johan Pienaar laid down a contextualized version of the Old South African flag for public participation in Stellenbosch. (Twitter)

Court Tells Singer Steve Hofmeyr Not to Damage Old Flag Artwork


Activist Johan Pienaar was on Monday granted an interim protection order against Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr to prevent him from harassing, disturbing and damaging his art installation, which includes the old South African flag.

The order, granted by the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court, prevents Hofmeyr from contacting Pienaar directly or indirectly. It also prevents him from inciting violence against him or threatening Pienaar on any social platform.

This after Pienaar laid down the old Oranje, Blanje, Blou (orange, white, blue) last week with names of some of the most prominent apartheid architects and what he called enablers written on it, News24 previously reported.

While a violinist played “Die Vlaglied” (The Flag Song), Pienaar invited attendees of the US Woordfees in Stellenbosch to walk over the flag.

Johan Pienaar tweeted – Personally I find the flag and those names abhorrent. But it is a contextualization and an invitation to a conversation which strangely we are having in 2018. I understand the offense that can be caused by this. Though in my experience today black people were not offended.

The names on the flag included Hendrik (F) Verwoerd, Johann Coetzee, PW Botha, FW de Klerk, JG Strydom, and ET (a reference to former Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging leader Eugene Terre’Blanche).

Hofmeyr’s name was in the centre of the flag.

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