Durban - The African National Congress (ANC) said on Wednesday night that it would be laying criminal charges against singer Steve Hofmeyr in Cape Town on Thursday following his "racist and inhumane rants" on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Hofmeyr's tweets smacked of "barbarism, white supremacy and toxic masculinity", said the governing party.
"Following tweets by DA member Phumzile van Damme, Hofmeyr issued death threats against South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane and DA MP Phumzile Van Damme.
"His string of social media posts denigrating Mandela-Hlongwane and Van Damme hark back to the crude apartheid past and something that no South African should tolerate," said ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe.
In the tweet being referred to, Hofmeyr said: "Dear @zilevandamme and @ZindziMandela I'm a South African tax-paying citizen. Effectively, I AM your boss. You WILL jump when I say so and you WILL ask how high. And when you come to take our lives&land, you WILL die. Our contract is that simple. And don't you forget it."