Pieter-Dirk Uys, satirist, actor and writer
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Satirist Uys: South Africa's 'careless' record on HIV

Satirist, actor and writer Pieter-Dirk Uys has criticised South Africa's historic record of tackling HIV focussing his attack on the post apartheid black leadership of Thabo Mbeki.

He told BBC HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur: "If you don't tell people how to save their lives they will die."

"Satire is my weapon of mass distraction, people don't expect to remember what they laughed at," he said.

"When I am confronting families and people who haven't got the information to understand what I'm saying I have to simplify my attack, and my humour," he said.

Pieter-Dirk Uys styled himself as "the most famous white woman in South Africa". His alter ego Auntie Evita was a character he created to poke fun at the white Afrikaner establishment during the apartheid era which he now uses to lampoon Jacob Zuma and the ANC.

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You can see the interview in full on Wednesday 5 October 2016 on BBC World News and Thursday 6 October 2016 on the BBC News Channel and after on BBC iPlayer (UK only).

  • 05 Oct 2016
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