Zambia: Do not treat the president Michael Sata of "potato"!
An opposition leader was jailed in Zambia after treated on radio President Sata of "potato" . The Global Post lists the insults that have recently targeted heads of state of Southern Africa. Their authors have undergone various fate.
In Zambia, to treat the president of "potato" can cost you. Of "potato", yes. This qualifier, seemingly harmless, was used in January 2014 at the radio by a leader of the opposition to describe the Zambian president, Michael Sata, which earned its author landed in prison for defamation of character. If convicted, Frank Bwalya faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment.
Comparing the Zambian President to tuber, Frank Bwalya was referring to the term "Chumbu mushololwa" which means in Bemba langage “sweet potato that breaks under pressure”. The formula applies to stubborn and inflexible individuals who do not listen to the opinions of others.
Bwalya supporters believe it is not an insult but rather "a description perfectly legitimate to speak of a politician actually stubborn by nature." Anyway, the word seems more appropriate in the case of President Sata, deemed not to have his tongue in his pocket and whose autocratic style has grown stronger since his election in 2011.
Zimbabwe, Thou hast well said "lame ass "?
Zimbabwe, dozens of complaints have been filed in recent years within the framework of the law criminalizing insults to the president Gabriel Mugabe. This law is often used to harass and intimidate critics of President Robert Mugabe, who turns 90 next month.
Accused of having compared the president to a "lame ass", the opposition activist, Solomon Madzore, was arrested last May. In the Shona language, the term "dhongi rinokamina" refers to an old draft animals without useless and need to retire.
In November 2013, a court in Zimbabwe found that "anti- insult law" unconstitutional and said that prosecutors should not be overzealous in indicting people who commented on President Mugabe " in a social context or alcoholic". Several local sources indicate, however, that the law is still applied.
Botswana: Looking like a "Bushman", what horror?
In 2009, a border post in Botswana, a South African tourist notifying the portrait of the President of Botswana, Seretse Ian Khama said he "looked like a Bushman". And the situation quickly turned sour. Interrogated and forced to spend a night in jail, the woman was released after paying a fine.
The Bushmen - also known as San or Khoi are an indigenous people of southern Africa. Some still live according to the traditional way of life of hunter-gatherers. They are victims of discrimination and persecution in Botswana and President Ian Khama called their lifestyle "archaic fantasy".
"For a South African, that someone looks like a Bushman is a compliment, but the Botswana officials saw an insult", said after the incident the director of Survival International, an organization defending the rights of natives. "There is no better evidence of racism against the Bushmen in Botswana".
South Africa: Tjajarag, Monster or Tyrant, Jacob Zuma does not cares!
In South Africa, no insult will take you to jail. President Jacob Zuma has been called a "monster", the "tyrant" of "illiterate" and many other things. King Aba Thembu has even called him a "liar who do not use condoms". Zuma is also not to be outdone, also dealt with the leader of the parliamentary opposition "Ntombazana" or " little girl" in Zulu.
One of the most beautiful names of birds traded in South Africa, however, some years back when Julius Molema, former head of the youth league of the A.N.C. (African National Congress) has dealt with a B.B.C. of "tjajarag". It may not be the easiest word to pronounce, but it is useful to talk about someone irritant in the genre excited or hyperactive. It is pronounced roughly like this: cha-cha-ch-raa. Keep it in a corner of your head.
*Published in Global Post, by Erin Conway-Smith.