Umkonto we Sizwe

Why OO will not remove The Spear

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1 June 2012
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Oudtshoorn. 30 May 2012. 00h01. The decision by the City Press chiefs to remove The Spear from their archives is a dastardly act of treason.

The decision touches the pith of the hard-fought South African democracy.

The decision subverts the very people it seeks to appease.

The decision may go down as a turning point in our land’s history.

Every so often I dust off one of two well thumbed volumes – a crumbling paperback copy of Ben Maclennan’s risible collection of anecdotes, Apartheid The Lighter Side; and the much more sturdy hard cover tome by Harvey Tyson, Editors under fire.

I browse these books for the odd rib tickler, and to reminisce an inglorious past, where everything journalists did were infringing some regulation and reports were referred to lawyers not to determine culpability, but to assess risk.

The ANC delivered us from both the inconvenient humour and the editorial prestidigitation.

That was then. In an era past, when the green and yellow and black flag was anchored firmly in the solid clay of the moral high ground which the ANC held virtually alone.

That the ANC of 2012 now demands respect in the face of abject contempt of the very principles that once rendered it untouchable, is itself an act of consumate revilement.

The Spear would not have been created if Jacob kept his pants zipped – sexually and politically.

It is Jacob’s cathected concupiscence that is insulting to his wives; his children; his colleagues; his constituents; his supporters – not the limning of the prurience.

It is Jacob’s failure as Head of State that should be insulting to us all – not the limp acrylic member.

This much is clarion clear to all electing not to succumb to the soi-disant horrification of the masses of cookie cutter uniformity spoofed into righteous choler by professionals deft in the art of manipulation.

Jacob deserves no respect. Ask the homeless. Ask the jobless. Ask the infirm in the Eastern Cape. Ask the hungry children of our land conned that 30% is a passing grade. Jacob’s failure is the failure of all the greats, from Mandela to Biko to Hani… of all the greats. And therefore the City Press cop-out is an insult also to the fathers of our democracy.

My local government of Oudtshoorn is in tatters by Jacob’s lethargy and the thieving of ineffectual functionaries claiming office in the name of Jacob’s failing ANC.

Respect!?

In deference to Carol Shields on “sincerity” in her novel Unless, respect is over. Respect has lost whatever edge it had. I will never again be pointlessly, endlessly respectful…

Respect is earned. Every day. Over and over and over yet again. It is a commodity of deminishing value; it has to be perpetually recreated.

The City Press removal is an insult to the freedom so dearly won for us all by the ANC who pressured the editor’s masters into submission. The removal was a mammoth mistake. It is a poltroon cop-out. It is a sui generis act of sabotage.

If journalism is not activism it is mere typewriting.

A Zapiro and a Fred Mouton hit home with one sketch as a thousand words fail.

Brett Murray’s The Spear exposes Jacob and his failing government in a few brush strokes as a column even from meastri such as David Bullard and Eusebius McKaiser and Peter Bruce can’t.

The Spear says that the Emperor is naked. That Jacob is a philanderer and a womaniser and one with no respect, exactly as Jacob claims the painting depicts him.

A depiction can never be as insulting as the deeds depicted. Jacob’s dallying, a matter of no particular moment to me but that a man who cheats on his wives may probably not be trusted generally, would not have been depicted if Jacob did not sleep around and did not harm the country. Point.

It is not the limp resin cartoon penis that insults. It is the betrayal; it’s the perfidy; it’s the treachery that insult. It is the limp performance that disses.

One of the original Naspers guru’s, Piet Cillié, famously said: “In die lewe bestaan ‘n noue verwantskap tussen die gehalte van die pêrels wat jy aanbied, en die kaliber van die ontvangers daarvan. Hoe valser die pêrels, des te erger die swyne. Daarom het ek in my beroep die reël probeer volg om nie maar net aan die publiek te probeer gee wat hulle wil hê nie, maar ook ‘n goeie dosis van wat hulle behóórt te wil hê.”

Another of City Press editor Ferial Haffajee’s editorial ancestors, and the father of a very dear friend, Hubert Coetzee, once, as Managing Director of Nasionale Pers, berated the great Schalk Pienaar when the then Prime Minister, John Vorster, complained about columns by Denis Worrall and André P. Brink: “Wie de donner is redakteur van Die Beeld – jy of John Vorster?

Ferial Haffajee failed her great journalistic elders. Ferial Haffajee has failed her readers and no greater sin can befall an editor. Ferial Haffajee must resign.

How could you, Ms Haffajee? How could you?

And what has Koos Bekker to say for himself?

Has Bekker bought the future of his satelite broadcasting and cellular empires with the very freedom that first afforded him the opportunity to expand beyond his wildest Apartheid era dreams?

Shame on Media24.

Shame on City Press.

The Spear is an exact depiction of who and what Jacob Zuma and his government is: Contemptuous.

The Spear stays on OO.

Oudtshoorn. 22 Mei 2012. 09h30. ‘n Prentjie, so sê “hulle”, is sowat ‘n 1,000 woorde werd…

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34 thoughts on “Umkonto we Sizwe

  1. Jacob is defined by his member.

    The many wives.

    The many girlfriends.

    The rape case.

    The raping of Lady Justice.

    The shower solution – worse even than the beets proffered by that bibulous Manto.

    Nothing depicting Jacob, or what he does, or what he does not do, can be more vulgar than what he is, or what he does, or what he does not do.

    I have not a velleity of respect for Jacob and I think Zapiro depicts Jacob as Jacob is.

  2. As you know I am no supporter of AfriForum, but it seems that they have a sound understanding of why ‘The Spear’ and similar exercises are not engagements which contribute to a positive shared South African future. AfriForum yesterday issued the following statement in response to a Zapiro cartoon:

    AfriForum het die spotprent wat die afgelope naweek in ʼn gewilde Suid-Afrikaanse weekblad gepubliseer is, waarin president Jacob Zuma op ʼn vulgêre wyse uitgebeeld word, as onproduktief en in swak smaak bestempel.
    “Alhoewel AfriForum ʼn groot voorstaander van vryheid van spraak en van die bevordering van ʼn vrye pers en vryheid van artistieke uitdrukking is, is hierdie ook ʼn kwessie van menswaardigheid,” het Ernst Roets, adjunk uitvoerende hoof van AfriForum gesê.
    AfriForum is van mening dat geskilpunte in Suid-Afrika konstruktief benader moet word en dat dit nie tot ʼn oplossing bydra wanneer ander mense se kultuur in die proses beledig word nie.
    Roets het bygevoeg dat die spotprentkunstenaar, Zapiro, genoeg rede het om geldige kritiek op die regering en selfs die president te lewer, maar ʼn aanbeveling gemaak dat kunstenaars die invloed en moontlike gevolge van hulle kunswerke moet evalueer voordat hulle dit aan die publiek bekendstel.

  3. OO, stomme stomp Timjannemannetjie kry dit gladnie soos jy tereg uitwys.Stomp verby !

    Die punt is nie hier of ons saamstem of teenkanting teenoor vulgere foto’s in die pers het nie Janneman, maar hoe ons ons opinies AFFORSEER wanneer ander van ons verskil. Dis waarvoor daar n demokrasie en howe is my KNAAP, kry jy dit nie ? Stomp, ai jai jai ja jai !! (Jy sou n pragtige oer Nasinale Party diktator en aanvoerder gewees het, maar daai tyd is nou verby, behalwe vir jou, nog daar doer en diep in die verlede weggebere)

  4. Timjan bly welkom op OO sodat lesers kan besef presies hóé stomp die deursnit ANC-ondersteuner is.

    Nee kyk, ek is woordeloos.

  5. Almal hierbo weet reeds wat my beskeie opinie oor bg afkeurende Zuma skildery is.

    Desnieteenstaande – dis duidelik dat n.a.v bg kommentaar van “Jannemannetjie die tantrum gooiende kleutertjie” hierbo wat dinge wil FORSEER nog voordat die howe daaroor besliut het, n VEEL groter bekommernis as ‘The Spear – Hail to the Thief ” self is .Dat Barbaarsheid en Intimidasie vs n geordende Regstaat, waar die grondwet aandui dat die howe almal se belange eweredig moet beskerm, hier op die spel is, is duidelik, selfs by n breer gedeelte van ons bevolking. Dis baie duidelik – absolute onkunde !!

    Dus, enigeen wat die howe vooruit loop, ons onafhanklike regstelsel misken deur die wet in eie hande te wil neem, met intimidasie, black mail ens. is absolute kleuters en ‘thugs” in ons nuwe demokrasie.

    Timjan is n goeie voorbeeld van onkunde en ontbrekende opvoeding – swak taalgebruik, slegs aangewese op intimidasie soos n kind wat n tantrum gooi wat nie sy sin kry nie en sy willetjie op almal probeer afdwing en liederlik faal. Om kinders soos Timjan op te voed vat n laaaang tyd OO

    Is daar n kursussie in “Demokrasie 101” vir Timmy ?

  6. My broek bewe.

    Kou sweet drup uit my haarlyn oor my gesig.

    Hoekom sou jy só iets wou doen Timjan?

    Dankie vir die publisiteit!

  7. Ek sal die Raadslid in my wyk vra om die Munisipaliteit aan te spoor om nie enige besigheid te doen met jou adverteerders nie.

  8. Die Goodman Gallery het ook nou onderneem om die vernederende pic SPEAR van hul website te verwyder. So you really wanna be the last doos standing?

  9. Spot on, Regina!

    David Bullard said that Haffajee had a “one night stand with her principles”.

  10. I have never ever read city press before but last Sunday I felt that I will buy the paper and buy an extra copy for my sister just to support freedom of speech/expression and defy the bullying ANC. My disgust and disappointment when the very next morning I learnt that Ferial has given in to the bullies! My question: Ms Haffajie, why then didn’t you save us all the trouble and give in immediately the boycott call was made? You have betrayed us and I bet your sales are going to dwindle worse than the boycott could have done!

  11. Nee.

    Ek sal my redes en my standpunt môreoggend volledig verduidelik.

    Ek dink City Press se besluit is absoluut verkeerd.

  12. City Press : Dat ons nou n simbool is van nasie se woede en toorn is nooit die media se rol in die samelewing nie. Ons is robuus en onafhanklik, ja, maar verdeelend en doof, nee “. Komaan OO wys ons jy is nie verdeelend of doof nie. Doen die regte ding en haal die vernederende pic af !

  13. Take all the cues you want, Comment!

    We all of us are stupid from time to time, and this seems to be your moment.

  14. OO, I shall take my cue from that:: as you consider myself, Investigative Public and Timjan rankly stupid you obviously do not find contributions from me to your site in any way useful and I shall desist.

  15. No.

    If you happen to be offended by the pictures, don’t access them!

    The objections to the picture are functions of rank stupidity.

  16. OO, Investigative Public has given a lucid reason as to why some residents of Oudtshoorn find the pictures you display inappropriate; Timjan has asked you to remove them. Whatever your reasons for displaying the images may be, do acknowledge the fact that other citizens of the town find this attack on the person of a fellow South African vulgar and racially offensive, and act accordingly. Oudtshoorn went down the road of consumer boycotts in the 1980s – they were violent, and very effective – it is not a path anyone would want to go down again.

  17. Think we should start a consumer boycott gainst your advertisers and see how long they will stand by you.

  18. If We where in a pub, I would have said “Give that MAN (pointing to OO) a bells! Just wonder if they going to bill Brent or is brent going to bill them but prime time media coverage could not have been better. And geus how was the spear of the joke?

  19. A bell can’t be unrung.

    As long as Luthuli House stands I will never be the last doos standing.

  20. City Press removed the offensive SPEAR picture from their website. Please remove this picture from your blog, or do you really want to be the last doos standing?

  21. Comment, ek praat van die wyer etiek, moraliteit en eerlikheid van die man en wat in die algemeen as bones mores deur die wyer gemeenskap verstaan,aanvaar en voorbehou word. Selfs ook in wetgewing uitgedruk word, so ook die gemene reg. Hier faal Zuma ergerlik. As mens op daardie vlak so sleg vaar, kan dit dan enigsins gekonstrueer word as goeie vaderskap. Ek betwyfel dit sterk.
    Wat mens saai sal jy maai !

    Daarenteen bly ek steeds gekant teen die prominensie van “The Spear ” uitstalling van Zuma deur kunstenaar Murray, ongeag Zuma se persoonlike swakhede. Dis onsensitief, oorskry sy privaatheid en persoonlike dignitas. Dit gaan net verdere rassepolarisasie en spanning aanblaas. As n reenboognasie kan ons beter as dit doen, nie waar nie ?

  22. @Investigative Public: Polygamy is a non-western cultural norm. There is nothing ‘wrong’ or ‘immoral’ about it. The leader of the largest christian church in South Africa – the Nazareth Baptist Christian Church (6 million members) – has 20 wives. Illegitimacy and extra-marital relationships are not illegal and are generally accepted by a wide spectrum of South Africans. However these issues are in the realm of the intimate life of Mr Zuma and are really not subjects for public discussion as he is entitled to his privacy. If you want to engage with his politics, then engage with his politics.

  23. Net jammer daar skeel soveel met sy moraliteit en voorbeeldigheid. GOED….?????????

  24. @John: Actually he is a very good father, much better than most fathers.

  25. In all the pictures I`ve seen of Zulu kings/chiefs they display their weapons which were made for and used, no doubt, to end life. The painting under discussion shows a weapon used to create life (replacements). Whats wrong with that? Problem is too much life exists already. (Overpopulation).

  26. Hierdie beelde is aggressief, maar uiters tersaaklik!

    Suid-Afrikaners se verdraagsaamheis is getoets en ons het liederlik gefaal… Twee mans het pas die Zuma-kunswerk beskadig en gesabotteer.

    Dít is onaanvaarbaar!

  27. For all Zuma’s shortcomings and harm/critisim he has brought upon himself, the latest vulgar depiction and the level “free speech” has dropped to is unacceptable and deplorable.

    Yes, many might chuckle behind their hands, but if it was your parents depicted in that way, what then ?
    We also have a duty to respect and protect the OFFICE of the President, no matter how corrupt or immoral the individual has become.(let the voters take care of that or face the consequince)

    ALL FREEDOMS have limitations to ensure orderly societies, dignitas and respect.
    If the law says i may not steal or rape or murder, it limits my freedom, but protects the society at large. One right always has to be carefully weighed up against another, judged against the bigger picture and the protection of society at large (even my daughter against rapists)

    There is often a fine line between breaking the law or not and pushing things to the very edge. This one i believe was pushed over the edge. I trust the courts will in no uncertain terms tell the artist and City Press they have exceeded acceptable norms and values still respected by the greater society at large. That will then hopefully also instruct OO to remove the pictures above. Where does one draw the line – when is so far and no more OR enough enough ??

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