Blame artists’ misery on UTAM, SA’s unholy trinity of acronymic mayhem
The woeful trifecta of acronyms that has compounded, not relieved, the suffering of SA artists during Covid
The Constitutional Court judgment against Jacob Zuma last week and consequent sentencing of the former president to 15 months in prison for contempt sent a nation desperate for good news into a temporary state of glee. We knew it would be short-lived; soon the reminders that we are living in a locked-down, beaten-down country would pervade again.
For a brief moment it felt good to bask in a win for the rule of law — one for the good guys. A tick in the “pros” column of Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency. A sign of hope.
But it’s never that simple. Even if he were the arch good guy, Ramaphosa is so mired in bad guys (inept guys, corrupt guys and guys who manage to combine these traits) at levels of government below him that he will always, inevitably, be tarnished by association...