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EVITA FOR PRESIDENT (article first published : 2007-05-13)

No matter what South Africans talk about, the final question is: who will be South Africa's next President?

The General Election of 2009 will determine that, yes, but by the end of 2007 the ANC will vote in a new President of the Party. Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout might eventually be the only choice for President. When it comes to leadership and a clear understanding of what is needed to reconcile and heal a fractured society, the most famous white woman in South Africa might allow herself to be convinced to pick up the reigns and take her people into the next phase of their lives. She holds the ultimate weapon of mass destruction: humour.

So says her alter-ego, the inimitable Pieter Dirk Uys who was recently in town escorting Evita at a function discussing eThekwini Municipality’s controversial road re-naming project.

Evita Bezuidenhout has been part of the local political spectrum for the last 30 years. Could she lead the nation out of the quick-sands of corruption, arrogance and complacency? After twelve years of democracy, there is now more time to waste and less time to think. Freedom must be protected every day through any means: care, interest, opinion, need, anger, argument and embrace.

“Evita Bezuidenhout will be ready with answers, if not solutions,” maintains Pieter Dirk Uys. “The problems are obvious. It could be a landslide victory. Any excuse for a bobotie-orgy!”

Evita for President runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from May 28 to June 10. Booking is at Computicket.




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