iJusi is an experimental magazine self-published by Garth Walker from his Durban-based graphic design studio. Each year, the magazine invites creatives to submit work related to a specific theme. iJusi #31 (2016) was themed around Jacob Zuma, then president of South Africa.
Jacob Zuma is a controversial figure. He has been plagued by corruption and rape allegations, facing hundreds of charges regarding fraud, corruption and money laundering. Regardless of this, he has a massive, unwavering following in South Africa. This reminds me of the legend of the Pied Piper, a rat catcher hired by the town of Hamelin to lure mice and rats away with his magic flute. After he rids the town of its vermin by leading them into a river, the citizens refuse to pay for this service. He retaliates by using his instrument's magical power on their children, leading them away as he had the rats, never to be seen again.
The Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955 in Kliptown, Soweto and is characterised by its opening demand; "The people shall govern!".
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