Plot for a pre­miere

Sunday World - - Opinion - Plot for Peace ra­tions Wolver­ine. Gene-

SHWA put on her smart hat and went out to min­gle with some dig­ni­taries at the pre­miere at the Hyde Park Mall Nu Metro in Joburg.

It s a po­lit­i­cal doc­u­men­tary about the role French­man Jean-Yves Ol­livier played in the lib­er­a­tion of Mzansi.

Although it was a cel­e­bra­tory oc­ca­sion, the flood­ing back of apartheid-era mem­o­ries was un­avoid­able I bawled my eyes out.

Present was the pro­tag­o­nist, Jean-Yves, who could not be missed in his royal blue jacket.

There was pop­corn, min­eral wa­ter and lots of bil­tong, but moi headed straight for the cham­pagne and straw­ber­ries. Af­ter all, a girl has a fig­ure to main­tain.

Shwa watched in awe as free­dom fighter Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela and her tor­men­tor Pik Botha, smiled, hugged and chat­ted like old pals, bury­ing the ghosts from the past. How touch­ing.

The age­ing but still gor­geous Win­nie was re­gal in black Xhosa tra­di­tional head­gear and a Ger­man print-in­spired frock, ac­ces­sorised with colour­ful bead­work neck­laces. A fawn, red and brown check scarf­blan­ket over her shoul­der com­pleted the en­sem­ble. This gogo has style that her daugh­ters clearly didn t in­herit. Zindzi, who ac­com­pa­nied her mom, was wear­ing a bor­ing black top and slacks.

Jean-Yves quickly sep­a­rated

…mom from daugh­ter for a photo ses­sion with the strug­gle stal­wart.

Not to be out­done in the fashion stakes were IT bil­lion­aire Robert Gumede and his wife, Por­tia. They were the best-dressed cou­ple. Money doesn t al­ways buy style, but it helps. He wore a navy ca­sual suit, which made him look younger and, dare I say it, yummy! Por­tia s cream white de­signer suit with a cape-like jacket turned heads.

Where has Lunga Wil­liams been? Re­mem­ber him?

Dur­ing the dark days of apartheid, he was one of the first pre­sen­ters to be on our darkie SABC TV screens. Lunga, wear­ing a sa­fari-de­signer suit, was spot­ted with Barbara King on ar­rival.

Soon he was so close to Win­nie and Zindzi you would swear he was their body­guard.

It was great to see ex­ec­u­tive banker Pho­lushi Malesa. At­tend events more of­ten, Pholu, it was so re­fresh­ing see­ing you.

ANC trea­sur­ergen­eral Zweli Mkhize was his usual smil­ing self. He wore a grey suit and a pink shirt and tie.

Zweli was with for­mer trea­surer Mathews Phosa, in a black suit and red tie.

The Repub­lic of Congo s am­bas­sador, Leonard Og­n­imba, looked con­fi­dent as he saun­tered in, as Shwa would ex­pect from a dap­per African man.

Apartheid mer­ce­nary Wy­nand du Toit was there, too.

The night would not have been com­plete with­out a din­ner fit for the famed then I re­mem­bered my diet. Damn!

…SHWA be­lieves that when great­ness is in the room, it should be ac­knowl­edged. Well done to M-Net for do­ing just that. The broad­caster paid trib­ute to ac­tors, mu­si­cians and its creative and busi­ness part­ner­ships for mak­ing it mil­lions.

Good thing we were all dressed up, be­cause in our fab­u­lous­ness we had to wait for two hours for the show to start. The in­vite said 5pm for 5.30pm, but it started way af­ter 7pm.

That s an in­sult to African time So we spent the time min­gling, as­sess­ing one another and do­ing what­ever bored peo­ple do at black tie events.

To add in­sult to in­jury, we were made to stand up when Gaut­eng Pre­mier David Makhura and his govern­ment en­tourage en­tered.

A lit­tle bird whis­pered into Shwa s ear that Mul­ti­Choice could not start the show with­out the dig­ni­taries.

Shwa thinks the celebs were a bit un­der­whelmed. It was just the celebrity class in the room. No fans, no groupies just Khanyi in­sist­ing on tak­ing pic­tures with every­one. We know that you had no part­ner miss­ing your hand­bag, Te­bogo but you didn t need to keep busy like that. Poor Khanyi looked tired and sad. Yes, the smiles were there, but we could see those sad yes. The eyes don t lie, even in a red wig.

Nonhle looks old! Like a fairy grand­mother. Too much makeup? Shona and Con­nie Fer­gu­son are, how­ever, age­ing very well. They looked stun­ning.

Mu­sic leg­ends Hugh Masekela, Ali Katt, Steve Kekana and Johnny Clegg took us back in time along­side a younger gen­er­a­tion of artists. Mag­i­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions!

But let us talk about the Sara Baart­man mo­ment. Among the backup singers was this beau­ti­ful African queen with a ti­tanic pos­te­rior. We all love to see some booty, but Shwa, in all her booty­li­cious­ness, was of­fended by the parad­ing of this lady.

Gavin Hood took a break from his busy Hol­ly­wood life to come and be hon­oured. Shwa just wanted a word with him on Shwa can t for­give him for that! Why was Ka­belo Ma­bal­ane wear­ing knee-high boots?

Spot­ted Vusi Kunene in a tux, look­ing fab­u­lous.

Mar­ket­ing gu­rus Thebe Ikalafeng and Happy Ntshingila were also there, try­ing to get no­ticed. But

ac­tress Kopano Denise Zimba stole the show; al­most ev­ery man wanted to take self­ies with her.

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