23 September 2004
TEATERINDABA: MNCEDICI’S SISWATI SPEECH ...
Op LitNet se teaterindaba skryf die akteur en regisseur Mncedisi Baldwin Shabangu:
“But then comes the issue of the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees. It’s a simple story, theirs: an Afrikaner festival for the benefit of the Afrikaner. If Afrikaners are of national importance and interest then theirs might be a national festival, but if they’re not, it’s another story. I went to the Klein Karoo Festival this year with an English-language play Tshepang, and the people didn’t come in numbers. So why would I be interested in their festival if it has nothing to do with me? Unfortunately enough I won the Best Actor Award and made my speech in Siswati and they were offended because they didn’t understand what I said. Funnily enough, I wasn’t offended for not understanding Afrikaans.”
Ek was nie daar tydens Mncedisi se toespraak nie. Can someone who heard his speech please comment? Karen Meiring, dalk? Were all the Afrikaans-speaking people offended? I get the feeling that Mncedisi makes sweeping, politically correct statements. En dat hy ’n moerse “us and them” attitude het. Hy skryf byvoorbeeld oor “journalists having to stomach their editors who are also mainly white.”
At least he acknowledges that “the truth is: black people have arrived and have opportunities. Let us use them to shape the future and stop complaining about things we never had.”