I am delighted that my good friend Pieter Toerien will again be staging a new version of the acclaimed musical opera, Evita, in SA later this year. He has asked me to share some reflections on the brief life and extraordinary global and country effect of Eva Duarte Perón, known universally as "Evita". When I arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in late 2009 to take up my post as SA ambassador, Evita had been dead for more than 57 years. She died of cervical cancer in 1952, at the incredibly young age of 33. (The diagnosis had been hidden from her.) Yet, the iconoclasm of Evita and her memory loomed over Argentine politics and her country like a giant shadow. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, to whom I presented by credentials, saw herself as the political embodiment of Evita. Monuments, street demonstrations and much of the boisterous political discourse were refracted through the lens of Evita and her husband, Juan Domingo Perón, who served as president of Argentina in the l...

Subscribe now to unlock this article.

Support BusinessLIVE’s award-winning journalism for R129 per month (digital access only).

There’s never been a more important time to support independent journalism in SA. Our subscription packages now offer an ad-free experience for readers.

Cancel anytime.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.