At home with Zebulon Dread/Swami Sitaram
For over a decade, the man born as Elliot Josephs terrorised Cape Town in his literary avatar, Zebulon Dread. This was only appropriate; he was, after all, the original “cultural terrorist.” His weapon of choice? A zany, unpredictable, hand-drawn, hand-printed journal he made himself, called Hei Voetsek! which he thrust upon willing and unwilling and bewildered people who invariably found themselves becoming patrons of art. His art. Then, some years ago, Zebulon Dread was sacrificed to make way for a long-standing dream: Swami Sitaram. Whether in Bonteheuwel or Observatory, or indeed South Africa and India, this profoundly original thinker, writer, philosopher and rabble-rouser has no parallel. Make way for the spiritual terrorist. Ingrid Masondo documents him at home, and at large.