The Spear must not make us lose sight of SA's real issues
The Times: It would have been so easy to imagine that the most disturbing, significant event in South Africa - for the past week or so - has been the controversy around the imagined genitals of President Jacob Zuma.
Fortunately, the issue of The Spear, the artwork produced by Brett Murray, appears to be at the end of its lifespan.
And as it begins to recede from the public domain - although today's march might turn it into a similar violent fiasco to the DA march earlier this month - perhaps South Africa can turn its attention back to real issues.
One of those might be the overall composition of our society and its fundamental character that will allow a newborn baby with its umbilical chord still attached to be dumped into a river.
The picture on our front page of a dead baby wrapped in a foil bag should have more relevance and meaning in our society.
But, of course, it does not. If we are optimistic, there will be a brief moment of outrage and introspection as to what could cause a mother to abandon the life she carried for nine months.
What is it, you may ask, that drives someone to commit such a brutal act? What were the barriers in this woman's life that would turn what most people regard as a blessed occasion into a monstrous, cold deed?
This is not a sexy story that will get the ANC into an apoplectic rage or its women's league excited enough to muster a few words on a press release.
If the league were indeed intent on transforming this country and the manner in which women live, it would be marching to the place where emergency workers found this dead infant. And it would help others in similar situations.
Zuma has, as we have seen with the ongoing court case against the Goodman Gallery and City Press, state resources at his disposal to assist him in his legal battles. But who assisted this mother in that awful moment when she was stripped of her dignity as she fell into a dark place that led her to dump her child?