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Jerusalema vs Julius Malema

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Social media are awash with #Jerusalemachallenge variations. Heritage Day fever.


23 Sep 2020
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Jerusalema vs Julius Malema

EFF Leader Julius Malema can be seen addressing EFF supporters outside the United States Embassy in Pretoria, 8 June 2020. They protested the killing of Gerorge Floyd by police officers in the US and heavy handed SAPS and SANDF. Picture: Jacques Nelles

I am a bit deaf. Never mind dof. When your hearing is “challenged”, the brain scrambles to make sense of what is being said, testing options. Suggestions tumble forth. Seemingly unlikely pairings merge into homophones (not homophobes). Homophones are “words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling”. For example, Jerusalema and Julius Malema. Say each quickly and you’ll understand that to a partially deaf person they sound similar. When President Cyril Ramaphosa advised South Africans what to do on Heritage Day, did he recommend Julius Malema or Jerusalema? Fortunately copies of the written word were available. “There...

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