Today marked the first time in South African history that a puppet was taken to court!
After singer, Steve Hofmeyer sent out a controvesial tweet saying "Sorry to offend but in my books Blacks were the architects of Apartheid. Go figure." Puppet and political commentator, Chester Missing, called for the musicians sponsors to stop boycott him.
The man behind the puppet, Conrad Koch, wrote this blog post explaining why he believes that Hofmeyer's tweet was wrong.
This afternoon, the Randburg Magistrate's Court ruled that the singer's attempt to have his interim protection order against comedian and ventriloquist Conrad Koch made permanent was dismissed with Missing's costs charged to the losing Hofmeyer.
Photo: Chester Missing and the man behind the puppet, Conrad Koch.
Hofmeyer was not present in court and was instead represented by activist, literary critic and writer Dan Roodt. Speaking to 702, Missing's lawyer, Dario Milo reported that Magistrate Naren Sewnarain gave Roodt "breathing space in terms of presenting his case" as Roodt is not a lawyer.
Ironically, the court was hearing a matter that had developed on Twitter but the Magistrate instituted a ban on tweeting in court during proceedings.
Milo came out critiquing this part of the judgement saying that his one critique of the case was that the Magistrate did not permit live tweeting in court and a live broadcast of the case.
I think that was the wrong decision, I think he should have granted live broadcast and certainly tweeting which is that way that courts are reported these days. And that may simply be a product of the magistrate himself not perhaps being fully aware of how Twitter works and how reporters use Twitter.— Media Lawyer, Dario Milo
Catch Xolani's conversation with Milo below: