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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Songs about Zuma : revelations of divisions after democracy

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
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Abstract

In February 2006, when he was Deputy President of the country, Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma appeared in the Supreme Court in Johannesburg to defend himself against charges of rape. The charge of rape by a woman known only as Khwezi against a powerful politician, popular with many trade unions and many ordinary folk, not only gave rise to one of the major media events in that year in South Africa, but also revealed divisions in society and in politics. While Zuma supporters sang in his defence and to his praise, activists against women abuse criticised Zuma. On the one hand, the supporters of Zuma defended him with reference to his moral integrity; they also stated that he was the popular choice for future president, while they ridiculed the futile actions of his enemies. On the other hand, the activists against women abuse attempted to highlight Zuma's behaviour as immoral and urged women to speak out against abuse. This opposition revealed new divisions in society at large, as will be shown in the analysis of the songs.


In Februarie 2006, terwyl mnr. Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma Visepresident van die land was, het hy in die Hooggeregshof in Johannesburg verskyn om homself te verdedig teen 'n aanklag van verkragting. Die aanklag, aanhangig gemaak deur 'n vrou, slegs bekend as Kwezi, teen 'n sterk politikus, gewild by 'n groot aantal vakbonde en gewone landsburgers, het aanleiding gegee tot een van die grootste mediagebeurtenisse van daardie jaar en belangriker nog, het nuwe skeidslyne binne die bevolking en in die politiek aan die lig gebring. Terwyl Zuma-ondersteuners hom in hulle liedjies verdedig en prys, het aktiviste van geweld teen vroue Zuma in hulle liedjies gekritiseer. Aan die een kant het Zuma-ondersteuners sy morele integriteit voorgehou, dat hy die populêre keuse is as toekomstige president, en dat die pogings van sy vyande tevergeefs is. Aan die ander kant het die aktiviste van geweld teen vroue Zuma beskuldig van immorele gedrag en mishandeldes aangepor om hulleself hoorbaar te maak oor seksuele misdrywe. Hierdie tweestryd was die spits van nuwe skeidslyne in die gemeenskap, soos bewoord in die liedjies wat behandel word.

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