Wakanda kak is this? Episode 2 of The South Africa Show: Xmas Special
Yesterday’s episode of The South Africa Show: ANC Conference Xmas Special felt a bit dull if I must be honest, a little predictable if not altogether lacking in action. I suppose an episode so focused on processes, registrations and nominations just can’t be expected to reach the experimental heights of that memorable first episode. But I still have to process my thoughts on that before I can file a proper review.
Still, as I lay in bed on Saturday night, a touch confused, my mind drifted back to the media session earlier in the day with one of the film’s co-directors, Pule Mabe, when, as I noted in yesterday’s diary entry, he warned of the dangers of the camera, telling members of the media: “Yesterday I’m sure you saw, we had to ask you to turn your cameras and face the president, because it’s human nature when your cameras are watching delegates even when they were not singing, they see. ‘yo TV!’, then they start singing the loudest now, because the camera is there. We see cameras, then we start showing some courage.”
I came to the realisation that he had not just enlightened us on the dangers of the hypervisibility and the ubiquity of cameras in our lives, but for me, personally, he had possibly explained the deepest motivations of the most enigmatic character of The South Africa Show, Julius Malema! Could that be it? Camera, lights, activism! This show is something else, so much to teach us.
I’ve always thought that Malema’s story arc in past seasons suggested that if he plays it right, he could mould his company to be the Apple to the ANC’s Microsoft. I can totally imagine him on stage, dressed in jeans and a polo neck of the most freedom-fighting red ever beheld by the Homo sapiens eye, a Julius Jobs of our own, addressing. nay. dazzling his audience of APPLEFF enthusiasts: “This is the best iNothing we’ve ever made.”
I probably shouldn’t spend much time thinking about Malema, considering the Xmas Special is all about the show’s sort-of-governing party. I suppose I’ll have to wait a couple of seasons for the EFF Conference Special. For now, I must continue to drown in these ...