Kak is back! It’s been seven years since we last heard from the Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? series.
Seven years in which a certain showerheaded individual has been in charge – and at first things were fine.
Things were good. Couldn’t complain, you know. But lately… lately it’s just been madness.
Zuma, Zupta, Gupta, Malema, Nkandla, hayi suka! And that’s just the politics ending in “a”.
Throw in Oscar, Shrien, social-media insanity, emoji birthday greetings and people who let slip
what’s happened on Game of Thrones, and the result is a phoenix of kakness rising from the ashes of
the ongoing JZ conflagration. Welcome to the Zuma years. This is your whinger’s guide, from AA to JZ –
just in time for the 2016 elections, of course.
Tim Richman is a publisher, writer and editor.
He is the author or co-author of the Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? series, 50 Flippen Brilliant South
Africans and Ja Well No Fine, all of which were bestsellers.
Praise for previous is it just me or is everything kak? books
“Quite splendidly takes the piss out of South Africa…
We don’t have nearly enough of this kind of writing” – Sunday Times
“A jam-packed, well-researched compendium of facts and figures put together in such a clever,
witty way that you’ll be laughing (even when you should be crying)” – The Star
“Hugely entertaining” – News24
TOPICS: AA The agony and the ecstasy Airline carry-on weight allowances The ANC ANC membership “Antimajoritarianism” The Apple Watch The Arms Deal today Autocorrect The Baby Industrial Complex Banting Batman v Superman The BCCI Beards #Blessed The Boltspeed Telkom ad “Clever blacks” Clickbait Clients who don’t speak English good who nevertheless want you to change your copy back to their idiotic version Competitive parenting Corruption Counting Cover endorsements on brand-new books CrossFit A DA/EFF coalition The death of Nelson Mandela The death penalty in North Korea Shrien Dewani Discovery Insurance DQ-Track driving behaviour ratings Drought The Dunning-Kruger effect E-cigarettes The economy The education system Those eerily lifelike enormous toy cobras that they hawk at the robots near Paradise Motors Electioneering Emoji birthday greetings Eugene de Kock being free Europe Facebook Image Crafting Faffers at security booms Fashion in food Fees Must Fall Fikile Mbalula as the figurehead of South African sports administration The finance minister situation Franchise reboots five minutes after the last movie “Fuck white people” Gay marriage – a never-ending hooha “Ghandi” “Goes down” Google Ads Government incompetence The Guardian The Guptas The hand-over-mouth stress and emotion of Australian MasterChef Home Affairs “Honourable” MPs House calls “How may I delight you?” Human interaction The impending death of Robert Mugabe The inescapable whiteness of the Zuma Must Fall campaign Intersections Irony, à la JZ ISIS “It was better under apartheid” Thamsanqa Jantjie Junk-bond status JZ’s phone etiquette (as a microcosm of modern society) Julius Malema and the politics of rage Kale Kallis retiring The Kardashians Kids’ parties early on a Saturday morning Labour Landlines Land reformation “Let me take a selfie” Load shedding Loud music at racing events Collen Maine The Mall of Africa Marikana The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé Heyneke Meyer Microsoft Word Mini-circle navigation The mining industry Modern communication #mustfall Never-ending colds The next three years in South African politics Nkandla “No Caller ID” No signal The NPA – backed up by the Hawks The Obama presidency The oleaginous Dr Survé The Oscar Pistorius trial Other people’s babies Overpriced plastic The Oxford comma Passwords Patronage Penny Sparrow as a representative of whiteness People who let slip what’s happened in the latest episode of Game of Thrones when you’re planning to binge watch the whole thing in a week once the full season is available People who mark all their emails as High Priority Prasa “The Premier League” Prepaid electricity The presidential jet Professional sport The public protector to-be Putting pictures of your food on the internet Qualifications from the University of Nowhere The Qwabe effect Racists who “aren’t racists” the day after posting something totally racist online Mamphela Ramphele Radio deejays The rand: 2009-2016 Real banks Revisionist geography lessons Right of way when a line of cars is parked on one side of the road Rush hour Russian nukes S.Bro SAA SACP Safe spaces SAPO “Seamless IT systems transitioning” Siri Smint mint dispensers Social media usage as a personality disorder diagnosis tool SOEs South African driver categories Steve Smith being better than AB Super Rugby Syria The 10c coin Taxis that are not Uber Telkom Tinder “Toileting” The Top Six Donald Trump Twitter as journalism Twitter’s 10th birthday UHD TV unbearable wholefood assholes who take life far too seriously The US presidential race 2016 The Vodacom advert with Handré Pollard and his girlfriend Wanky coffee (at the expense of good coffee) Water shedding “We are currently experiencing high call volumes” WhatsApp “White capital” Women’s Month The World Misery index Xylophone and guitar music on short internet clips “You have won…” emails still being in existence Young people Your diet Zuma