McZuma And McMandela Lampooned In South Africa

Although the African National Congress machine led by Jacob Zuma is headed for a victory in the upcoming elections, the people of South Africa are still able to laugh at the antics of its leaders including the beloved Nelson Mandela whose acceptance of the corrupt officials of his party are an insult to every thing he fought to achieve. A new play, “MacBeki: A Farce To Be Reckoned With” lampoons everyone with equal fervor. The Mandela character in the play is a remote Shakespeare quoting intellectual more concerned with power than with confronting the issues of his nation. Zuma, who three years ago was on trial for rape of an HIV positive woman, has his stage persona respond when asked: “Did you protect your penetrative member? Your machine gun?” with the comment: “I have no need of a plastic bag. After the act, I took a shower.”

Cartoonists like Jonathan Shapiro and young comedians are making fun of just about every aspect of the current corrupt political scene. Unfortunately, as the nation laughs, the incompetent and corrupt political leaders gain control of the government. Nelson Mandela was trotted out to give an endorsement to Zuma, the man who doesn’t believe in medicine or condoms to protect against HIV infections.

Cry the beloved country of South Africa. OK, if you can’t cry, at least laugh!

  • Samantha Jones

    South Africans have learned to survive by laughing.

    In the most awful of times when Europeans wielding gun and bible seized their lands and tried to break their spirit it was laughter that helped them endure.

    That hasn’t changed.

    Sough Africans still laugh when they’re happy and laugh when they’re sad. They laugh when they meet you and laugh when you part. And they laugh when they’ve said something more than usually wise or done something more than usually foolish.

    And now, when their magnificent revolution shows every sign of turning to bitterness and ashes and their hopes to despair, they laugh to keep from crying.

    As the South African author Alan Paton wrote 60 years ago, there has been much to cry about.

    “Cry for the broken tribe, for the law and the custom that is gone. Aye, and cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved. Cry, the beloved country, these things are not yet at an end.”

    In spite of the hope that was Mandela, these things are not yet at an end.

    And after the tears, South Africans will surely laugh again because that’s all they know and that’s how they’ve always endured.

  • Fred Stopsky

    God bless, I hope they continue laughing.