MEC for education Panyaza Lesufu’s plea to network giant MTN to cut ties with self-proclaimed racist Steve Hofmeyr has yielded favourable results.
This follows the singer’s old tweet, in which he said that blacks were the architects of apartheid.
The tweet did not sit well with the Panyaza, so he called on MTN to drop its sponsorship of the star’s event Afrikaans Is Groot.An irate Panyaza tweeted: “Dear @MTNza, your sponsorship of this person’s performance is an insult to all peace loving South Africans. If he performs at Afrikaans is Big concert then withdraw your sponsorship. We are not against AIB but against the insults of the so called singer”.
Not longer after the tweet, MTN released a statement in which it said it had decide to part ways with Steve, because he did not stand for what they seek to achieve. The statement read as follows: “We have taken the decision to cut all ties with the AIG event. Through its brand and network, MTN seeks to connect South Africans and bring people together. As such, we cannot sponsor an event that in any way contradicts our objectives.”