Blame artists’ misery on UTAM, SA’s unholy trinity of acronymic mayhem

The woeful trifecta of acronyms that has compounded, not relieved, the suffering of South African artists during Covid-19

05 July 2021 - 20:25 By Chris Thurman

The Constitutional Court judgment against Jacob Zuma last week and consequent sentencing of the former president to 15 months in prison for contempt sent a nation desperate for good news into a temporary state of glee. We knew it would be short-lived; soon the reminders that we are living in a locked-down, beaten-down country would pervade again.

For a brief moment it felt good to bask in a win for the rule of law — one for the good guys. A tick in the “pros” column of Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency. A sign of hope...

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