Steve Hofmeyr

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Steve Hofmeyr
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Steve Hofmeyr in 2007
Background information
Birth name Steve Hofmeyr
Born (1964-08-29) 29 August 1964 (age 50)
Pretoria, South Africa
Genres Afrikaans pop/folk
Occupation(s) Musician
TV Presenter
Instruments Singing
Years active 1989–present
Labels Big Heart Productions

Steve Hofmeyr (born 29 August 1964) is a South African singer, songwriter and actor.

Personal life[edit]

Steve's grandfather was Steve Hofmeyr Sr., the ruler of the Ossewabrandwag. [1] [2] During World War 2 the Boer militants of the Ossebrandwag (OB) were hostile to Britain and sympathetic to Nazi Germany.

Hofmeyr married actress Natasha Sutherland, whom he had met on the set of Egoli: Place of Gold in 1998, they had two sons, Sebastian, born 13 December 2001 and Benjamin, born later (Hofmeyr also has children by other women.[3][4]). In total, Hofmeyr has five children.[5] The couple was divorced after reports of numerous affairs dominated Hofmeyr's time in the spotlight in 2008.[6]

In December 2008, Hofmeyr allegedly assaulted Esmaré Weideman, editor of Huisgenoot, a popular Afrikaans magazine, by pouring a cup of cold tea over her at the Miss South Africa finals.[7] He was said to have blamed her and two other journalists for his divorce from Sutherland. Miss Weideman subsequently dropped her accusations.[8]

On 19 December 2013, Steve was arrested in Bronkhorstspruit for driving at 169km/h in an 80km/h zone and was released on Bail of R500. He was subsequently fined R10,000 in the Bronkhorstspruit Magistrate's Court on 23 January 2014.[9]

Steve married Janine van der Vyver on 26 January 2014. In 2008, Janine van der Vyver,a fitness instructor, revealed they had been seeing each other for 10 years.[10]


  • Desertbound (1989)[11]
  • Only Me (1990)
  • Steve (1991)
  • No Here (1992)
  • Tribute (1993)
  • Tribute Volume 2 (1994)
  • The Hits/Die Treffers (1994)
  • Decade (1996)
  • Die Bloubul (1997)
  • True to You (1997)
  • Close to You (1997)
  • Southern Cross (1999)
  • Die Bok Kom Weer (1999)
  • Beautiful Noise (2000)
  • Grootste Treffers Volume 2 (2000)
  • Engele Om Ons (2001)
  • Blou Gat Jakkals Uit Die Wes-Transvaal (2003)
  • Toeka (2003)
  • Toeka Volume 2 (2004)
  • Grootste Platinum Treffers (2005)
  • Laaities & Ladies (2006)
  • Waarmaker (2007)
  • Go Bulle Go (2008)
  • Sings Kris Kristofferson (2008)
  • Solitary Man - Songs of Neil Diamond (2009)
  • Duisend en Een (2010)
  • Haloda (2011)
  • 25 Jaar se Bestes (2012)
  • Toeka 3 (2013)
  • Toeka Nie Meer Nie (2014)



  • Summer Holiday
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Die Soen
  • Sound of Music
  • Dis Hoe Dit Was - Die Steve Hofmeyr Storie
  • Lied van my Hart



  • Guillam Woudberg (1985)
  • Agter Elke Man (1986-1988)
  • Egoli (1992-2001)
  • Sporting Chance (1995)
  • 7de Laan (2007-2012)
  • Dis Hoe Dit Is met Steve (2006 -)


  • Valkuns (1997)
  • Jêmbekseep (2007)
  • Mense van my asem - (2008)
  • Vier briewe vir Jan Ellis (2010)


In January 2007 there were reports that one branch of the News Cafe restaurant chain would not play Hofmeyr's song Pampoen (Pumpkin). The managing director of the company that owns the franchise denies that this is company policy and points out that many Afrikaans acts, such as Karen Zoid and Arno Carstens have performed at News Cafe.[12]

On 12 May 2011, Hofmeyr released the lyrics to his new song called "Ons sal dit oorleef", which means "We will survive this". The song is controversial, because Hofmeyr has threatened to include the word "kaffir" (a very derogatory name for the black population of South Africa) in the lyrics of the song[13][14] Hofmeyr removed the offensive word in his song, citing that the word would offend his black friends and colleagues.[15]

In 2011 he made public that he supports the "Expedition for Afrikaner Self-determination" - Onafhanklike Afrikaner Selfbeskikkingsekspedisie, or (OASE) in Afrikaans. OASE is an advocacy group for Afrikaner self-determination in compliance with the International Law and the guidelines of the international community. He is an avid pro-Afrikaner but mentioned that he maintains a moderate political stance in an OASE public relations video.[16]

In October 2014, Steve Hoymeyr wrote and published the following tweet, "Sorry to offend but in my books Blacks were the architects of Apartheid. Go figure," on his public Twitter account. This prompted a significant public backlash.[17]

Hofmeyr is regarded by many[who?] to be an apartheid denialist[18] which has led various journalists and public figures to label him an idiot[citation needed] and a disgrace to South Africa.[19][20]


  1. ^ Phyllis Green, 7 March 2014, Sarie article "Steve Hofmeyr gesels oor sy nuwe boek"
  2. ^ PIET EBERSÖHN, 25 July 2012, "Eerste sportredakteur was Oxford Blue én owerste van Stormjaers"
  3. ^ Steve Hofmeyr
  4. ^ Carte Blanche
  5. ^ "Q&A: Steve Hofmeyr". RollingStone Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Philip de Bruin, News 24, "Steve 'needs psychiatric help", 17 December 2008
  7. ^ Philip de Bruin, News 24 (South Africa),"Steve gets shir-tea with editor", 17 December 2008
  8. ^ "Hofmeyr and editor end legal stand-off". Legalbrief. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  9. ^ "Steve Hofmeyr fined R10 000 for speeding". 
  10. ^ "Hofmeyr pays up in time for wedding". 
  11. ^ "Steve Hofmeyr Official Website: CD Discography". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  12. ^ Eagan Williamson (2007-01-04). "News Cafe begin ’n ander (Afrikaanse) deuntjie sing". Beeld (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  13. ^ "Definition". 
  14. ^ "Steve Hofmeyr spits venom". 12 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Sapa. "K-word will offend my black friends, says Hofmeyr". Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "OASEvid". 
  17. ^ "Hoymeyr faces Twitter backlash after Apartheid post". 
  18. ^ Mail & Guardian. SAPA. 30 October 2014 |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  19. ^ Dawjee, Haji Mohamed (29 October 2014). "Steve Hofmeyr: 7 books from his library". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  20. ^ Cronje, Frans. "Steve Hofmeyr, you're a disgrace to South Africa". PoliticsWeb. Retrieved 3 November 2014.