An audio drama in four episodes by the Botsotso Ensemble
Produced for community radio
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Aloota Continua is an audio drama recorded in separate but full versions in three languages: Zulu, Sotho and English. It deals with the 2021 uprising organised by supporters of ex-president Zuma after he was jailed for contempt of the Constitutional Court. The loss of life and damage to shops, factories and infrastructure were unprecedented in post-1994 history, and despite the gaians for some from looting, the widespread theft and arson caused great economic hardship for hundreds of thousands of working-class people in KwaZulu-Natal and, to some extent, Gauteng.
However, the ongoing failure of the present ANC government to prosecute those responsible for organizing and participating in the attacks, feeds the culture of impunity that is destroying the South African state and deepening poverty and joblessness. As such, examining the background to and the actual events that caused so much destruction, becomes a very necessary exercise. Understanding political opportunism and manipulation is vital if the impoverished millions trapped in dead end townships and settlements are to resist the temptation of quick solutions inspired by crooks and adventurers.
By taking various situations (eg. Zuma’s followers massing outside his compound in Nkandla, his arrival at the Estcourt correctional facility, interviews with his children, prison warders and other supporters and opposers, scenes where random people in KZN discuss the planned insurrection, attacks
on ‘kwerekwere’’ drivers and their trucks, discord among SAPS commanders, vigilante action in Phoenix, to name some scenes), Aloota Continua presents arguments for and against Zuma’s jailing and for and against the actions taken by his followers. Many different characters appear, including jail warders, Zuma’s
children, Zuma himself, a family of shack dwellers, middle class tenderpreneurs, looters, police officers, private security, government ministers, mall owners, small businesspeople, vigilantes, victims of vigilante attack, cabinet ministers and looters. Each twenty-minute episode is broken into three or four scenes
featuring these characters and all perspectives (relating to the week-long orgy of theft and destruction) are put forward
What then of the listener?
How should the radio station use the series for debate and organizing?
The first task is to decide on four consecutive days (and the same time slot) for broadcast. Once that is decided, play the
promo repeatedly and announce the time and date
COMMUNITY DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUES:
HOW TO USE THE SERIES
It is intended, that after hearing all the viewpoints expressed, that the listener will weigh up and decide for him/herself whether the uprising was justified, and whether it has advanced the interests of the masses of poor and unemployed. And if it did not, then whose interests were served, and if they were anti-social and anti-working class, how they should be dealt with.
Community radio stations are strongly urged to open the lines after each episode is broadcast for listener comment.
It is also suggested that stations invite local activists and officials (drawn from civics, trade unions, the SAPS, local traders and mall owners, youth and women’s groups, local government) and specialists like economists and sociologists, onto panels for discussion. Particularly in KZN, Communities will have their own stories to tell, and this should be encouraged.
Botsotso is available to assist in
planning and in participating in such
All requests to be directed to:
We would like to thank the National Arts
Council of South Africa
for its assistance in funding this production.