My Issue With That Penis
Those of us that have had to live with relatives or visit relatives over the holidays are aware of the fact that each household has its own set of governing rules. Despite whom you are, when you visit or join the family as a member, those rules automatically apply to you. If the kids need to be indoors at 6pm, you are also obliged to be indoors at 6pm. There are no special set of rules that apply to you as an adopted member of the family.
White people invaded our home centuries ago and when we finally gained our home back, instead of kicking them out to the back rooms, we realised that we can all share this beautiful home as it is big enough for all of us. Unlike countries like Zimbabwe, we did not turn our White citizens into second class citizens despite the fact that when they were in power, their dogs were regarded as better than Black people. This is not a blanket statement as I do acknowledge the White people that were against Apartheid. Our late heroes like Joe Slovo, Helen Suzman, Helen Joseph and Ruth First who, instead of reaping the benefits of being White, stood up for us.
As Black people, we are taught from a young age, to respect our elders. This is not conditional upon their behaviour. A man could be a drunk that is always carried home on weekends but in the neighbourhood they remained uBab’ Sibani Bani. As a child you were not allowed to mock them for being a drunk and if your parents caught you or heard that you were being disrespectful towards that person, you received the hiding of your life. Even if your own mother or father was a drunken whore, if they were passed out on the side of the road, your duty was to go and pick them up and bring them in the house. In picking them up, you wouldn’t shout at them or ridicule them, if you needed to shout, it would be done privately away from people’s eyes.
It seriously scares me that due to education and western influence, we are losing our values as African people. We have even gone as far as to think that our heritage is inferior. It is sad that the people reading this article know who the heir to the throne of England is and yet have no idea who is the next King of the Zulu’s or the Bafokeng’s.
We question why King Zwelithini gets a government subsidy when Queen Elizabeth gets her stipend from the British government with the support of the nation.
We vilify our president and our Zulu king for polygamy despite that this is Africa and it allowed. No woman is forced or tricked into marrying a polygamist.
Linking back to my introduction, it pisses me off when I speak to a White South African and he/she speaks of polygamy as if it is a shameful crime against humanity. Then we have Black people that join the band wagon which just baffles me. If you don’t like polygamists then don’t marry one, simple.
That “artwork” of President Jacob Zuma with his penis hanging out was not just disrespectful but it violates our core set of values as South Africans. Yes, I am aware that public figures are fair game but there is a line. We can criticise and question the president. Heck, we can even make jokes about him, it is fine but when we violate his basic right to dignity somebody needs to stand up and say something.
When Bill Clinton was president of the USA, he was in a sex scandal, yes, Americans joked and criticised him but no American artist decided to express himself by drawing Bill Clinton with his penis hanging out. Prince Charles was secretly dating Camilla whilst married to the late Princess Diana and he was not violated like our president in the name of artistic expression. No Black artist would have “expressed” themselves in this manner because we know it’s not right. I’ll take it further; no White artist would have done this in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, Namibia or Kenya. It happens here because we are becoming so foolishly westernised that we have forgotten who we are.
I seriously expected someone to say something on the social network or through an article but the general consensus was to laugh and make the picture viral. It is not the first time something like this is happening to Jacob Zuma, before he was president pictures of his ex wife’s corpse were floating on emails and nobody spoke out about that.
I was so impressed when Zuma’s children actually stood up for their father and echoed my sentiments. We cannot let garbage like this slide, Mr Murray’s artwork is disrespectful and in bad taste. I just wonder what is next.