Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

Shower Head, Madiba and Other Comrades from the Bad Old Days

Posted in African Politics, Culture, Global Africa, South Africa by ruben eberlein on June 10, 2009

zapiroonantisemitismA cultural highlight at the ECAS conference in Leipzig happened to be the vernissage of a cartoon exhibition by Zapiro. South Africa’s ‘funniest philosopher’ (SA Times) opened the show himself and entertained the scientists with eloquent remarks about the different trajectories of people who were once united in their fight against Apartheid. He’s really good in mimicking Madiba. My favourite piece had the headline ‘Mugabe: SADC leaders apply pressure’, the picture shows Bob getting a relieving massage from African leaders (‘A bit lower … Aaah, that’s the spot!’). The one to the left on anti-Semitism isn’t bad too.

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  1. Helen King said, on June 11, 2009 at 8:59 am

    That cartoon is a little bit ambiguous: Who is losing perspective? Those who say that there are similarities between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism? Or those who use anti-Semitic stereotypes when criticising Israel?

    Supposed the latter is the case – then the cartoon is much too mellow. The anti-Semitic anti-Zionism of the intellectual class, also in Africa, needs a resolute punch having the stunner of the Zuma/Justicia/Rape piece.

  2. ruben eberlein said, on June 11, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Acknowledged.


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