A spokesman for the municipality of Cape Town, Steven Otter, became the latest high-profile casualty of South African crime. Free West columnist Dan Roodt offers the facts and some of his thoughts.
In life Steven Otter castigated his fellow whites for their “misperception” of black crime in South Africa. Yet in one of those harsh racial ironies the country is famous for, he was stabbed to death by two black robbers in his home on Reconciliation Day 16 December 2016, dying in the arms of his coloured partner, Nathalie Williams — in front of her 7-year old daughter.
South Africa’s minister of culture, Nathi Mthethwa, issued a statement lamenting his death: “We are devastated and outraged to learn about the fatal attack which claimed the life of author and former journalist Steven Otter.”
In reference to the time Otter spent living in the black township of Khayelitsha, minister Mthethwa said: “Steven Otter embodied the spirit of non-racialism. Detailing his decision to move to Khayelitsha he said he was embraced with open arms… our nation has lost a selfless man of great character.”
Otter’s former boss, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, equally expressed her condolences over the brutal killing of someone who had once been her official spokesman when she still had her own political party, the Independent Democrats. However, both De Lille and Otter shared a more sinister past affiliation with anti-white, revolutionary parties, such as the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), and Julius Malema’s Afro-Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), respectively.
When he died, Steven Otter was Cape Town municipal spokesman for transport. Although Cape Town is run by the left-liberal DA, Otter’s membership of the EFF had previously caused a scandal in 2014 when a photograph showed him at an EFF rally in Khayelitsha wearing the party’s revolutionary red paramilitary regalia.
At the time, two white English liberal Capetonians at the municipality – probably DA members – minimised Otter’s membership of a revolutionary anti-white party in the media. The first was Melissa Whitehead who told the Independent newspaper group: “Otter is involved in transport issues, and he is not involved in anything political.”
The second person to come to his defence at the time was Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for Transport for Cape Town, who said that “it was every citizen’s constitutional right to belong to a political party, (therefore) it would not be necessary for the city to comment on Otter’s political membership.”
Herron went on to state: “Regardless of whether he is or isn’t (a member of the EFF), employees in the city are not prohibited from joining political parties.”