Kagiso Lediga stars in Wonder Boy for President, a satire on contemporary South African politics… if it needed satirising. In the comedy, a charismatic young nobody is coerced into running for president by two shady characters who plan to manufacture his downfall. But their plan doesn’t quite work out. But Wonder Boy proves to be magnetic, persuasive and popular. And difficult to stop.
We talked to Kagiso Lediga about the film, behind the scenes, and what he would do if he were president for the day.
How and why did you get involved in the film?
Myself and John barker were toying around doing a Borat kind of story at the ANC’s Mangaung conference, so we did.
Why do you think the time is now for a political satire?
Well the political situation is pretty desperate and it’s election time.
What was it like working with your co-stars?
It was a wonderful and rewarding experience and because of the nature of the shoot surprising things happened all the time, like the time we ran into a disgruntled sect of ANC cadres who were patiently waiting for Jesus to return one weekend to stop ANC rule.
If you were president for a day, what would you do?
Either ban alcohol or legalise all drugs, I don’t understand why alcohol gets better treatment than other drugs while being so dangerous.
Shag, marry or avoid (for your sister): Zuma, Malema, Maimane … and why?
I wouldn’t be so misogynistic to decide the people my sister should bed or marry.
Find out more about the film at fb.com/WonderBoy4Pres