Kangaroos with Swords

Kangaroos wielding swords jumped all over the stage as the South African National Prosecuting Authority presented the nation with bits of gossip with the odd expletive (“f**kings”) in the form of questionable recordings.  This hour-long scripted show was the culmination of weeks of primping and pimping through the press, leaks of sorts, but more akin to what one might do to a piece of meat before being shoved in the fire.  I have never tasted kangaroo meat.


This Zapiro cartoon was printed days before the NPA circus commenced.

zuma-slays-justiceThe funny thing is that during the media presentation, er.. circus show, the NPA repeatedly said that there was still a very strong case of fraud, money laundering, corruption, etc. against ANC President Zuma.  But apparently gossip trumps facts and evidence.   If the ANC can get its way just before the elections, what do you think they’ll do after?  Oh, wait, they have been doing this all along.  First task was getting rid of the Scorpions Unit, the high-level investigative force that was in pursuit of a lot of ANC members’ shady dealings.

Then the way had to be cleared for the rightful rising to power of a martyr.  Pretty sure there will be a song and dance routine practiced to perfection before a mob not that different from the one that chanted “Burn the Bitch!” outside the courts while a rape trial was underway.

Here is one opinion on the dropping of all corruption charges against Zuma.

And the text of the announcement – a show trial by any measure.

About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. His latest book is BLOODRED DRAGONFLIES, published by Deep South in South Africa. Check out the official blog page for Bloodred Dragonflies. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. San Anselmo Publications released HOW TO MAKE A SALAGUBANG HELICOPTER & OTHER POEMS in 2019 followed by CROCODILES IN BELFAST & OTHER POEMS in 2020 - both books can be purchased through their Facebook page. View all posts by matangmanok

One response to “Kangaroos with Swords

  • Secretlee

    Kangaroo meat is dark and ‘gamey’. Its a very strong flavour and I really truly despise it. I know some people that like it, but I seriously dont. We see alot of ‘roadkill’… dead kangaroos bloated and rotting on the side of the road. It offends my sensibilities that I would be served this meat in a restaurant.

    However, your reference to swords isnt far off.. they are notoriously bad tempered animals. so.. dont bother tasting it.. I wouldn t!!

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