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Title: McBride of Frankenmanto
Subtitle: The Return of the South African Insult
Authors: Sarah Britten
Genre: Humor, Satire
Publisher: 30° South Publishers (Pty) Ltd.
Johannesburg, South Africa 2007
ISBN 9781920143183 / ISBN 978-1-920143-18-3
Softcover, 17 x 17 cm, 208 pages
About: McBride of Frankenmanto: The Return of the South African Insult
What a year it has been. Since the appearance of The Art of the South African Insult, we've been treated to the spectacle of the drunk judge, the koelie cruiser, eNatis (aNATis? eNaTIs? eNaTIS?) and presidential proctologist Ronald Suresh Roberts, who according to a court of law is the least likeable man in the land. We got our collective knickers in a knot over a song about a Boer War general, a bank tried to organize mass protest about crime by writing letters to President Mbeki and Schabir Shaik began his quest to spend his entire jail sentence in a hospital bed.
Godzille towered over Cape Town and marched forth to take over as leader of the official opposition. Robert McBride spent so much time courting controversy that it appeared he might well buy a townhouse in Fourways, settle down and have children with it. A former instant-lawn salesman from Port Elizabeth proved that humble beginnings needn't be an obstacle to success, fleecing widows and orphans to the tune of R200 million. Jackie Selebi's buddy, Glenn Agliotti, was arrested for the murder of Brett Kebble, but said he was only guilty of helping the man to commit suicide and still get the life insurance payout.
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang raised our hopes that she might ride off into the sunset after being packed off to hospital for a liver transplant, and then promptly dashed them by returning to work, hale and hearty, as Frankenmanto. In a not unrelated development, Jacob Zuma jokes finally went out of fashion, although if you really wanted to, you could poke him on Facebook. There was no guarantee that he would poke you back though. "We are a society steeped in pessimism. The last time we were optimistic was when we won the 2010 World Cup bid and it only lasted as long as the Laila Ali fight." (Riaad Moosa)
Content: McBride of Frankenmanto: The Return of the South African Insult
The Amazing Race debate: ethnicity
The Wild West Rand: crime
Existential Polyfilla: celebrities
The road to hell: politics
You don't get to wear the pants around here: sex
Can't see the deadwood for the trees: politicians
The revenge of Frankenmanto
Voetsek Home Affairs: the public service
South Africans and their wheels: road rage
The most unlikeable man in the land: Robert Suresh Roberts
Kom ons skiet die bok: sport
Foreign, frigid and feelingless freedoms: the media
Go to hell: Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Boeps and lapas, kugels and Anglo Blaxons: culture
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