South Africa: Cartoonist hits a nerve with Zuma rape image

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Controversial Cape Town cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro has once again hit a nerve with an explosive cartoon of President Jacob Zuma that has been hailed and condemned.

The cartoon which has been republished around the world depicts a black woman being gang raped by Zuma and his cronies. The woman who depicts South Africa in the cartoon is draped in the national flag and is being held down by Zuma’s few remaining allies.

The Women’s Legal Centre condemned the cartoon, saying “one cannot compare the current political and economic challenges to a woman being raped”. It said Shapiro’s cartoon was a form of violence as it triggered real pain for rape survivors.

However, many media commentators have hailed the cartoon for reflecting on the country’s ills.

Shapiro said he agonised over the cartoon, but wanted to make a powerful statement about the political crisis in the country which has seen tens of thousands of people taking to the streets to protest against Zuma’s policies.

In 2006, Zuma sued Shapiro for US$1 million for defamation over other cartoons, but later dropped the lawsuit.

In 2010, Shapiro make global headlines when the Mail and Guardian published a cartoon depicting the prophet Muhammed despite a bid by the Council of Muslim Theologians to bar its publication. After receiving death threats he apologised.
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13 april 2017 07:09:51

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