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“McCyril The Killer” AKA Cyril Ramaphosa – Fred Khumalo Celebrates Freedom of Expression

Zulu Boy Gone CrazyIn a recent article, Fred Khumalo praised the freedom that allows South Africans to make up creative – and sometimes insulting – nicknames for their leaders.

The author of Zulu Boy Gone Crazy refers to “McCyril The Killer”, the nickname given to Cyril Ramaphosa, who was exonerated from a role in the 2012 Marikana massacre when President Jacob Zuma released the Farlam commission report last night.

Khumalo says he is glad South Africans continue to “test the limits of freedom of expression” as these freedoms “give us succour in these horrible days when we have become playthings for those who have power”.

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We have a president who no longer bats an eyelid when we call him the Kangaman, or Showerhead. But the man has taken all these barbs in his immeasurable stride, so much so that it looks as if he is immune to attacks of whatever kind.

Have you noticed how he has turned the Nkandla imbroglio on its head? Now, it’s as if his detractors are the ones who need their heads read.

There’s a character!

Then we have his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, now called McCyril The Killer thanks to a T-shirt that features those words and the head of a buffalo (one assumes the reference is to the buffalo that he famously bid for at an auction some years ago – drawing the ire of Julius Malema and others).

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