The Helen and Lindiwe show

2012-10-07 18:26
Carien du Plessis, City Press
Johannesburg - Wicked queens, ugly sisters, magic creatures – they’re all there in a good pantomime. But one Christmas production this year is adding a new twist: politicians.

The DA’s Lindiwe Mazibuko and Helen Zille will have starring roles in the 1 December matinee performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Mandela at Joburg Theatre.

With the pair’s performance, the party is hoping to raise R107 000 towards its 2014 election kitty. And tickets are selling fast.

Party treasurer Dion George said about 700 of the 1 015 tickets available for the show, which go for R200 to R500 each, had already been sold.

George said he had been wanting to do the panto since 2006, but this year at last he felt the time was right.

“I asked Helen Zille and she said she would love to, so I phoned the theatre to book a show,” he said.

They still have to sit down with producer Janice Honeyman to slot the party leader and the DA parliamentary head into the script.

Zille on Saturday said they were likely to do a bit of singing.

“I’m not sure what we will be doing yet, but we might sing a song. I promise I won’t do Koekie Loekie,” she joked, referring to one of her campaign songs.

“I am hoping that Lindiwe will do it with me because she is a good soprano,” Zille said.

Mazibuko, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer before becoming a politician, could not be reached for comment.

The panto performance comes a week after the party’s elective congress, where Zille is expected to retain her position as leader.

“I hope they still give me my role if I’m not re-elected, because I’m really looking forward to [the panto],” she said.


  • vytjie.besonders - 2012-10-07 12:07

    Fantastic, these girls have brains and talent.

      Alien42063 - 2012-10-07 18:54

      I agree. Wow they have the most intuitive ways of fund raising hey? If they are so creative with things like this, imagine what they could come up with to make life better for everyone in SA.

      ndzululeka - 2012-10-09 10:52

      am hoping that Lindiwe will do it with me because she is a good soprano,” lol its a joke

  • Roto Rate - 2012-10-07 12:50

    This media is promoting DA

      pierre.nortje.581 - 2012-10-07 20:11

      It's becuse they do not steal from the poor.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-08 09:06

      So should you - if you had any brains! The ANC have done nothing but feather their own nests

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-10-08 14:08

      You are missing the point here Roto. They are promoting the Pantomime and offering role to Lindiwe and Helen so that they actually work and are prepared to be laughed at for being out of their normal jobs just so that they don't have to steal money to run their election campaign. JZ and JM are constantly promoted on here (even bad publicity is good if it is free). GO Helen and Lindiwe.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-10-07 19:22

    Rota you are probably an ANC supporter hey ? you clearly didnt read the whole article did you ?

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-07 19:31

    Not impresed by madam n house wife show

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-08 09:07

      Why not, Rofhiwa. At least it can only be better than the farce of the ANC government

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-10-08 14:12

      Lighten up folks! Especially rofhiwa.ronald.1. A pantomime is a send up of a topic which is meant to bring joy and pleasure to people. Open your life to some sunshine and shut out the propaganda for a while. Who knows you might enjoy it?

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-10-07 19:51

    Sounds like fun! And really off the wall

  • siyanda.kobo - 2012-10-07 20:26

    What about patricia? oh Weastern Cape is alredy goven by DA. So it had to be Lindiwe.

      lydonmcg - 2012-10-07 21:19

      You type like a retard.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-10-08 14:17

      You have a point there Siyanda! Why not include Patricia - I'm sure she would be the star of the show. Maybe we could entice that Indian guy in the sitcom on TV3 to represent Indians as well. Mind you Shaik has recovered, perhaps we should allow him a platform. Oh and Lyndon - you ARE a retard! It takes one to know one and is offensive to use on a public forum. If you can't say something constructive don't say anything at all.

  • bizarro.jerri - 2012-10-07 21:29

    Talk about "For the people"...great idea, wonder what it'll look like from your ivory mansion, hey JZ?

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-07 21:37

    Wow I'm amazed these ladies work so hard to make a difference everyday and they still find time to act in a play, they really are good role models! Because they practice what they preach.. So proud of Helen and Lindiwe go girls, we love you!

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-10-07 21:47

    This is going to be boring!

      kevin.gleeson.54 - 2012-10-07 22:31

      Yes it could be boring for some as the plot may be too complicated for those with intellectual disadvantages.

      stella.vumazonke - 2012-10-07 23:53

      Intellectual disadvantage????oh I understand. I have a feeling that mostly 'intellectually disadvantage' and privileged ppl r going to this show.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-08 09:09

      If you are prepared, already, to be bored, don't go watch it!

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-10-08 14:20

      Be more specific please konanani. Do you mean the Panto or the responses to this promo for a Pantomime which is a form of entertainment.

  • stella.vumazonke - 2012-10-07 23:25

    Interesting. if the aim was different. I would be buying a ticket.

      idille.borchers - 2012-10-08 11:48

      Go on , buy a ticket. Or are you afraid you may enjoy yourself!?

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-10-08 14:33

      If the ANC MP's were using taxpayers money for the benefit of others who vote for them I'd vote for them. Instead they are enriching a small cabal of their cronies to whom they award tenderpreneurs. At least Helen and Lindiwe are working to raise money for their election campaign. JZ and co just steal it from the taxpayers and that includes you. You probably blame white people and apartheid still like JZ and co do and will toyi toyi for nothing because of lack of service delivery. Such an idiot when election is the time to show your displeasure be it for councillors, or MP's. Save your shoe leather for better things and your money - give it to someone in the townships who can't find work. Better still use it to make more money to teach the poor how to work for themselves. This is a way of raising money from people by actually doing something yourself like the 67 minutes on Mandela day. I'm sure Helen and Lindiwe resort to other ways of fundraising as well. It is how we whites have kept our schools and public facilities maintained and added to ever since we got here. They weren't sitting waiting for my ancestors when they got here you know and neither were the teachers. What schools and books the apartheid govt did build and provide were burnt and vandalised by your present leaders so that they could get their hands on the Treasury for themselves - they don't give a toss about the poor except at elections and the poor come from all groups not just African. Just more ANC kids!

  • katlegojones.malemela - 2012-10-08 07:04

    Lmao! This I've got to see Madam Helentjie and Sister Lindiwetjie performing?? Really, I will be there!!

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-10-08 14:36

      I hope that you do attend! It will probably be huge fun and you could write it off as a tax deduction for charity.

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-08 09:04

    You should include JZ in your script. As Humpty Dumpty - having HAD a great fall!

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