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.



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3 Responses to “At home with Zebulon Dread/Swami Sitaram”
  1. Sue Lichtman 10 September 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    I am trying to contact Elliot.
    Can you help me with an E-mail address or forward my details to him.
    Many thanks
    Sue Lichtman

  2. ck ネクタイ 7 October 2013 at 9:50 am #


  3. Zibonele (Just) Zondo 26 July 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    9 years ago, sitting in my mother’s house, for I’ve lost mine and car which I careless about as long as I have my 3 girl children, not in good health which was a precursor to me losing material possessions, I forced my sore bleary eyes on TV when a documentary caught my interest so that, with maladroit hand, it inspired me to write a poem.
    9 years later, still ailing, I come across that poem titled: “Dread Threat of Death,” it’s about the “Black Guru.”
    Ps. I intend to mail it to you in due course.