Zapiro in hot water again

2011-06-13 09:54
Liesl Peyper
Cape Town – Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) could face yet another defamation claim after drawing a second daring cartoon of President Jacob Zuma.

In reaction to the latest political cartoon by Zapiro, ANC spokesperson Brian Sekoto said on Sunday that the ANC is seeking legal advice and are considering laying a claim of defamation against Zapiro and the Mail & Guardian who published the cartoon on Friday.

In Zapiro's latest cartoon Zuma is shown unbuckling his belt, while ANC secretary general Gwede  Mantashe, a woman, holds the torch of free speech.

See the cartoon here.

Zapiro is seemingly commenting on the ANC's suggested Protection of Information Bill and the state-appointed media tribunal to oversee complaints against journalists.

The latest cartoon is in the same vein as Zapiro's Raping Justice which appeared in the Sunday Times in 2008 for which both Zapiro and the Sunday Times are being sued for altogether R5m in damages.

The ANC has said on Sunday that they are disgusted by Zapiro's abuse of freedom of speech.

"We ask of him to stop drawing these sorts of cartoons that border on libel. He should rather focus on practicing his profession within the limits of ethical journalism," said Sekoto.


  • Gorilla - 2011-06-13 10:07

    C'mon Zapiro? Everytime you want some attention you do another dodgy Zuma cartoon.

      PiXeL_NiNja - 2011-06-13 10:21

      Ok So Juliaaas can do whatever he pleases yet a satirical cartoonist cant draw a (relevant) picture?

      Grant - 2011-06-13 10:53

      have you signed the petition on - please let your vote be counted against this bill.

      Ayoba - 2011-06-13 12:32

      I used to like His cartoons but now realise that He is on a serious agenda which is favourable to certain political parties.

      Flasheart - 2011-06-13 12:44

      @Ayoba. Then get your own damn cartoonist to poke fun at the 'blerrie agents' Crack on.

      IQ - 2011-06-13 12:58

      ANC spokesperson Brian Sekoto said that Zapiro should rather focus on practicing his profession within the limits of ethical journalism. I believe that Zapiro would happily conform if Don JZ focused on practicing his profession within the limits of ethical governance.

  • Tr1sh - 2011-06-13 10:13

    If the shoe fits!!!!!

  • Scottman - 2011-06-13 10:16

    He tells it like it is. Don't blame Zapiro if it makes you feel a bit uncomfortable, ag shame. The truth hurts, what?

  • Tawwetoffie - 2011-06-13 10:19

    Right. And the ANC should rather focus on caring for RSA within the limits of the law. Guess which one is more likely... Ironically when the ANC does what they are suppose to do, Zapiro will not give them trouble. Question stays though - who is really being unethical here - ANC or Zapiro?

  • WhoGivesAshi - 2011-06-13 10:19

    Brilliant! Zuma should worry more about crime and job loss than some cartoon, in short he should start doing his job.

  • Henryford - 2011-06-13 10:29

    The truth hurts & should be shown to the world.

  • Franswa - 2011-06-13 10:32

    Nominate Zapiro for a nobel

  • Notbuyinface - 2011-06-13 10:39

    Attention seeking...

      daaivark - 2011-06-13 10:48

      With respect, Zapiro has sufficient credibility and following not to need attention.

  • PMG - 2011-06-13 10:46

    It is the truth - 100% - finish and klaar.

  • bill - 2011-06-13 10:46

    then zuma should behave like a human and not an animal.

  • christien3 - 2011-06-13 10:47

    Zapiro for president... He'll definitely be better than any ANC dumbass currently in parliament....

  • daaivark - 2011-06-13 10:48

    Don't behave like a caricature if you don't want to end up as one.

      Beannie - 2011-06-13 14:18

      so very true

  • Wizard101 - 2011-06-13 10:52

    Go Zapiro go rip the cANCer apart!!!!!!!

  • Amelia - 2011-06-13 10:52

    Absolutely brilliant!!

  • tokoloshe - 2011-06-13 11:13

    Keep going my boet, we love your cartoons. amazing how the truth hurts these demagogues they are all a bunch of a*** holes.

  • ZACommentator - 2011-06-13 11:16

    How can one abuse freedom of speech with a cartoon when Julius insights hate with his anti white sentiment.

  • Slingervel - 2011-06-13 11:17

    Nothing will come of any defamation claim! Come on Zapiro - give us some more because you tell it how it is and Stortkop doesn't like it. Also well done to the M&G for publising it. That is what I would call "having balls"!

  • Eric - 2011-06-13 11:22

    Great cartoon Loved it!!!!! Now do one depicting the whole Conn

  • Philip - 2011-06-13 11:30

    it's funny that a cartoon can upset so many people , but songs about killing people being defended

  • Fredster69 - 2011-06-13 12:08

    Truth hurts

  • Dean - 2011-06-13 12:11

    SHUT UP Sekoto. Idiot

  • Dean - 2011-06-13 12:11

    shutup Sekoto. The truth hurts doesnt it? these ANC idiots always get offended when he draws a cartoon depicting the truth!! Freedom of speech!

  • Valium - 2011-06-13 12:22

    Lovin' it. Public satire has been around for ages. Only fools take umbrage. Freedom of Speech is a right we must defend.

  • Sirius007 - 2011-06-13 12:28

    As a politician, one is in the public eye and always under scrutiny. Therefore, Zuma will have to learn to deal with comic strips and the like. That is just what the media will do when you make ridiculous claims like a "...a shower will wash away aids virus..." If only he and all his followers paid attention in school - they would have learnt that in about standard 3 already. Then again, we are assuming they are literate to start with...!

  • - 2011-06-13 13:22

    It goes to the very heart of freedom of the press and freedom of speech. If Zuma can't take the heat he should get the hell out of politics. My mother always told me to ignore anyone who was nasty to me. Zuma should take her advice and ignore Zapiro

  • cycle-boy - 2011-06-13 13:56

    Give that man a bells

  • nic69ers - 2011-06-13 14:00

    Carry on Zapiro!!

  • missmazwi - 2011-06-13 16:57

    You Go Zapiro!!! You Go Soldier! Brave Man! Defender of Our Liberty. True Holder and Bearer of the Torch of our Freedom. Lover of Peace and Justice. Lone Fighter against the Vacuous ANC. Lone fighter against the ever-vacuous Zuma and Manyi. They and their cohorts are desperate to Shut You Up for highlighting their Evil Wicked intentions. Soldier!!

  • mercurial - 2011-06-14 07:03

    @Gorilla - what does that say about zuma and his shenanegins. Wouldn't be controversial if Zuma hadn't made it so.

  • anti crime - 2011-06-14 07:09

    Go for it zapiro,u seem to own balls of steel...i luv what u do...carry on lol....expose ANC for what they really are...hahahahahahahaaaaaaa

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