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Pieter-Dirk Uys
1945 -

Playwright, journalist, creator of the fictional grand dame of South African politics, Evita Bezuidenhout, who spearheaded a rigorous campaign against apartheid. The monstrously-bigoted comic character Evita first appeared in 1978 in Uys' columns, where she deftly assaulted the precepts of apartheid by publicly saying what nobody else said publicly, and equally deftly avoided strict censorship laws while doing it. Uys subsequently began playing the hugely popular character, one somewhat like Barry Humphrey's character Dame Edna Everage, on television and on stages around the world, to the delight of audiences both black and white. Author of A Part Hate, A Part Love (1990, Evita's "biography"), The Essential Evita Bezuidenhout and other books and plays.


Hypocrisy is the vaseline of political intercourse.

from his character Evita Bezuidenhout
The elections are like the Pick 'n Pay of politics there are 33 tins of beans and we have the freedom of choice.

from his character Evita Bezuidenhout