#35. Re-enter my world. Back in Joburg all anyone can talk about is Zapiro’s cartoon that appeared in the Sunday Times. The image of ANC president Jacob Zuma unbuckling his pants while members of the alliance — the ANC Youth League, SA Communist Party and labour federation COSATU — hold down the figure of Justice and the ANC says “Go for it, Boss” is in a word, shocking!
Shocking in that it delivers such a powerful message about complicity, about corruption, the “rape” of justice and the pursuit of power for the sake of power. As Zapiro said in an interview with The Times yesterday the cartoon is about “the most powerful man in the country” … “violating the justice system that people fought and died for” while the alliance weighs in with their support.
It’s a call to arms — rather than for arms (Something that needs pointing out in a place where JZ’s rendition of umshini wam rings out a little too often). A reminder that there will always be things worth fighting for, and that justice and fairness, and the institutions that ensure them need to be protected.
Which brings me to Sarah Palin, that gun-toting mama from Alaska — a state with more caribou than people (although not for long if ms. Palin has anything to do with it). She too wants to rule with a shotgun in one hand and a bloodied carcass nearby.
Despite their similarities I do have to acknowledge though that unlike JZ who has been condemned by Zapiro to forever wear a shower on his head, ms. Palin has probably done more for hairstyles (well, in a shorter space of time) than Jennifer Aniston managed during her Friends days and Purdey in the New Avengers did before her.
Credit must be given where it is due.