In 21st century South Africa, who can speak about culture? Do you have to belong to that culture? Or can anyone have an opinion? Must all culture be respected in terms of inclusivity even when practised harmfully? What is culture even?
Sometimes culture reminds me of the old sub judice excuse that journalists have come up against ever since Gutenberg invented movable type.
What sub judice actually means is “under consideration”. It was a mechanism to prevent the court of public opinion (in those days the traditional media) swaying the court of law (specifically the juries and sometimes the presiding officers) where only evidence pertaining to the case could be heard, weighed and judged.
The abandon with which the phrase was used by everyone, from brand new police constables to Steinhoff-esque chief executives as a cop-out to avoid commenting in any form, made a total mockery of it. Then social media drove a bus through the entire concept of innocent until proven guilty by a properly constituted court of law with the Oscar Pistorius trial.
Culture has become a little bit like that.