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Twitler Helen Zille

I have been stewing over Helen Zille’s latest twitter debacle. This is what she had to say about the families of those who died or whose health was severely compromised in the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Zille tweeted on Tuesday: “It is good that the families of the Life Esidimeni victims have received a measure of justice and compensation. I would like an answer to this question: What did they do, before these tragic deaths, to raise the alarm about their loved ones starving + living in profound neglect?”

Now Zille is no stranger to the arrogant, ill informed, rude, racist, anti-poor tweet and has been rapped over the knuckles on more than one occasion. Her biggest tweet scandal (up until now), which she fought to justify in an embarrassingly tenacious fashion, was that not everything to do with colonialism was bad. She just could not see how that would be hurtful and offensive to every single person of colour and their allies.

This time however, she has, in a tweet, highlighted exactly how utterly out of touch she is with how unseen, unheard and helpless the poor are. She imagines a world where everyone has the same ability to shout loudly and demand to speak to the manager. She comes from that world, where she can complain about things and be heard, seen and taken notice of.

Recently I have been to both Groote Schuur and a private medical hospital and the difference is beyond glaring. I am not dissing the utter magnitude of the success of Groote Schuur and all who work there, I am merely comparing the difference money can make. Carpets, new furniture, new equipment, more staff, better equipped nurses, more space, more people to talk to, more attention, more value to life. There are very sick people at Groote Schuur, from all over the country, receiving expert treatment from exhausted, underpaid, over worked practitioners, but the queues at the clinics are long, public transport unreliable, resources scarce. I am in awe at how successful the labyrinthian maze of Groote Schuur is. And that is one, huge, subsidised public hospital.

Helen Zille’s tweet is so completely rude and vile because she has no idea what it is like to be helpless and dependent on what is available. She has no idea what it is like to not be able to keep a sick family member alive if you have no money. She has no idea what a world without insurance or a hospital plan or transport or food looks like. She literally cannot imagine it. And she is in charge of the Western Cape. It makes me sick.

It’s ZA News

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I’ve had a bit of time on my hands this week so I’ve watched almost all the episodes of ZA News and I have to say, I am loving it. Let’s face it, we have a lot to mock about. Naturally, Malema (or for my purposes Mal enema) gets a showing almost every day, along with our president, who I shall continue to call Zooma. My favourite characters are Madiba and Tutu, who do little footnote comments from the lounge, with Graca occasionally complaining about Tata’s language. Cutie sputie. Oh, and Mbeki “and so on” is delicious. And Div, the bokkie coach, who has something useless to say about everything! Poor Helen Zille though, she just isn’t funny, and somehow manages to suck out any fun there is!

Nik Rabinowitz does the classic voices and he is absolutely brilliant and hilarious. Particularly good are his Tutu and Div. Less successful for me is Helen Zille’s voice, by Nicola Jackman, but ag, she is quite hard to do.

The puppets are phenomenal and hilarious. I particularly love Tim Modise’s hands. They are so expressive. One of our TheatreSports players, Kim Kerfoot, is a puppeteer on the show!

ZA News still needs to grow, as I’m sure it will. I find most of the scenes a touch too long and drawn out, sometimes way after the gag. It’s a hard lesson, learning to be very short. I am also sure that it will start hitting lower and lower and eventually some of the blows will land below the belt. At the moment it’s still pretty tame, which is probably because Sou fefricans still struggle to totally laugh at themselves.

Bravo to Kulula for sponsoring the show. Their ad in the beginning, with the cardboard cut outs and the naf sound effects is my best.

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