How can Zuma just sit and smile? - Fugard

2015-02-18 15:41
Athol Fugard. (Beeld)

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Cape Town - World renowned playwright Athol Fugard has taken a swipe at President Jacob Zuma during a book talk in Cape Town, City Press reported on Wednesday. 

Fugard said he is dying to hear Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s take on Zuma’s State of the Nation address last Thursday.

The 83-year-old literary star’s discussion of his play The Shadow of the Hummingbird at the Book Lounge on Tuesday, took a political turn when he told the audience: “Mr Zuma has made enough of a disaster of things as it is … How can he just sit and smile after what he’s done? Incredible.”

Fugard and his family lived in the United States where he taught playwriting, acting and directing at the University of California in San Diego until recently.

In 2012 they moved back to South Africa, which he considers his home.

“I want to believe that South Africa will reach a point in the future where the Julius Malemas will shake hands with the Eugène Terre’Blanches. Or let’s say, the Cyril Ramaphosas with the Eugène Terre’Blanches. Black Africa needs to realise that white people have as much right to be here, that we’re not interlopers,” he said.

Fugard is best known for his anti-apartheid plays and continued insightful takes on inequality. His novel Tsotsi was made into an Academy Award-winning film by Gavin Hood in 2005.

Read more on:    cyril ramaphosa  |  jacob zuma  |  cape town  |  state of the nation 2015  |  parliament 2015

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