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    The tribulations of an ineffective womanising president.

    People I know in RSA claim that President Zuma is a much better helmsman than his antics would suggest.


    He has acquired an unwholesome reputation owing to his life-style. He is now moving to get a painting called Umkhonto (ref: Umkhonto wa Sizwe or The Spear of the Nation was an effective force for liberation during the apartheid years), in which Jacob is seen in a Lenin pose, with his flies open. The young Turks of the ANC have accused Brett Murray, the artist, of a lèse-majesté, and the court is now deciding whether the painting should be seized.

    Among thinking South Africans, the notion that "Respect should be earned" is common currency. One newspaper's editorial questioned whether anyone would even dream of picturing Nelson Mandela in the same attitude.

    The pic. is from a cartoon by Zapiro, and can be seen on-line.
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