#HeTwo by Pieter-Dirk Uys – My View by Robyn Sassen


Robyn Sassen

A freelance arts writer since 1998, I fell in love with the theatre as a toddler, proved rubbish as a ballerina: my starring role was as Mrs Pussy in Noddy as a seven-year-old, and earned my stripes as an academic in Fine Arts and Art History, in subsequent years. I write for a range of online and print publications, including the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian and artslink.co.za and was formerly the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report, a weekly newspaper with which I was associated for 16 years.
Robyn Sassen


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THE QUEEN IS dead. Long live the queen. So begins Pieter-Dirk Uys’s current foray into the shenanigans and hypocrisies that have been the Vaseline of South African political intercourse for the last 40 years, and #HeTwo does the unthinkable. Uys, in his 70s, continues to ratchet up the quality of his work yielding a flawless dollop of South African nostalgia, mixed with uncontrollable laughter at the things that terrify us.

How does he do it? It’s got to do with the liberties that one can take in the liminal role of the proverbial fool: the character who stands outside of society and is able to make observations that reach coolly into the bellies and other soft parts of society’s leadership, and squeeze hard. All the better if she’s an (ostensibly safe) Afrikaans ‘tannie’. Indeed, this work is a paean to arguably Uys’s most famous alter-ego, Evita Bezuidenhout, who made some of the harshest criticisms of the apartheid phalanx heard because they came from her neatly…

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