Zapiro zaps Zuma again

IOL news june zapiro AP Cartoonist Zapiro, aka Jonathan Shapiro, has done it again: he has produced a cartoon about the Protection of Information Bill that has President Jacob Zuma apparently preparing to rape a woman labelled Free Speech.

Cartoonist Zapiro, aka Jonathan Shapiro, has done it again: he has produced a cartoon about the Protection of Information Bill that has President Jacob Zuma apparently preparing to “rape” a woman labelled “Free Speech”.

Social networks were buzzing about the cartoon in yesterday’s Mail & Guardian.

While the cartoon depicts a man titled “Govt” with his trousers unzipped facing a screaming woman being held down by a man labelled “ANC”, the first is clearly Zuma, complete with showerhead, and the second Gwede Mantashe, the ANC’s secretary-general. Next to them on the floor, her dress torn and a discarded pair of scales beside her, is an apparent rape victim, shouting “Fight, sister, fight!”

The cartoon is the latest in a series of Lady Justice cartoons. Zuma is currently suing Shapiro and Avusa Media for R5 million for defamation for the 2008 cartoon printed in the Sunday Times.

Yesterday Shapiro said: “Careful thought was given to it. I discussed it with the editor (Nic Dawes) as I always do when a cartoon has the potential to be explosive.”

He said he felt strongly about the serious threat posed by the bill. “Silencing the media and whistleblowers is terrible. I wanted to communicate the need to fight for freedom of expression and free speech. I’m angry and upset about the bill. The whole of society will be badly affected. It’s appalling and it’s not what our constitution stands for.”

Mail & Guardian editor Dawes said: “It certainly makes a strong and hard statement. Given what’s at stake – that a fundamental principle of our democracy is under attack – the image is justified.”

Social networking sites were buzzing. IvoVegter tweeted: “Wow. Let’s hear it for @zapiro. Worth getting sued for, friend.”

CJbatz tweeted: “The new Zapiro cartoon is more disturbing than funny, but sadly very true.”

On Facebook, Zamile Mkontwana wrote on the cartoonist’s wall: “Zapiro that’s a classic”, and Vivienne Brown wrote: “You couldn’t have put it better.”

Zuma’s spokesman Zizi Kodwa could not be reached for comment. - Weekend Argus


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Marion, wrote

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12:40pm on 13 June 2011
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... well done once again Zapiro- so refreshing that someone has the guts to say it as it is. To those critising him - open your eyes for heavens sake!!

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shano, wrote

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12:40pm on 13 June 2011
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whateva happened to transparency!! Pass that hat around Zapiro im willing to contribute towards legal fees.

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:48am on 13 June 2011
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I find it extremely amusing that people accuse Zapiro of not targeting white leaders, being a Zionist or being a DA crony. Please familiarize yourself with his work before you make baseless accusations. Google is your friend.

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:41am on 13 June 2011
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Boring Shapiro,Why don't you rather do a scetch of the CURRENT Apartheid in Israel where the human rights of people are still being trampled on.Truely shocking in todays day and age.

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:50pm on 12 June 2011
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Mr Block is being investigated for imbezelment of 112 million rand, another ANC blunder. Not one day goes by without another discovery of stealing by the ANC. If this law is to be passed,i.e. any person found with documents pertaining to municapility finanacials, these thieves will have a free run. No accountability, no transparency. Zapiro is risking his wealth and his life by exposing this injustice to the world. Jacob Zuma is not presidential material.The ANC must be made accountable. The fact is ,these monies belong to the people of South Africa, its their taxes being spent willy nilly. The future bares bad for SA under the ANC.We better hope that the world ends in 2012, for SA's sake.

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Riaz, wrote

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05:54pm on 12 June 2011
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I am shocked these White Zionist colonists still have the audacity to print such garbage! Is about time this give some respect to a leader of the country. If he was White I am sure they won't be critical. From where I am Mr Zuma, is flinging a good job by stating that south Africa and Africa in general need to look east and move away from it's past connections of the west. I wonder if he has done a cartoon of Ex IMF chief....!

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Mandy, wrote

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05:01pm on 12 June 2011
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@ ALLY - Take a look at Zapiro's history. He takes aim at injustice, not colour. @ Dawid - what's your problem. Neither Zapiro's colour or religion are at play in his work. With Malema spewing hate and sewerage and Zuma making way for a dictatorship, I feel like Zapiro is my voice and I know it is heard right at the top. If it wasn't for him I'd be mute. If they pass this bill, he will be mute.

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Mandy, wrote

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04:50pm on 12 June 2011
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Thank you Zapiro and the Mail & Guardian for having the courage. This bill is unnecessary in a democracy and just opens the door to the nightmare and dismantling of democracy that is Zimbabwe. Pass the hat around, I'll contribute to legal fees.

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Kobus, wrote

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04:07pm on 12 June 2011
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Brilliant! As always, Zapiro tells the truth, ugly as it is. Only those afraid of the truth will say anything against this.

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Rod, wrote

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03:04pm on 12 June 2011
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Zapiro! You got my vote!!!

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ALLY , wrote

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02:22pm on 12 June 2011
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I THINK IF IT WAS A WHITELEADER ZAPIRO WAS NOT GOING TO CARTOON HIM THE WHERE HE DID TO OUR LEADER THAT IS NONSESS

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dawid, wrote

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02:19pm on 12 June 2011
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lock this zionist tool up and throw the keys away

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Siobhan, wrote

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01:00pm on 12 June 2011
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Go, Zap! Exactly depicts what is happening with the 'secrecy' bill! It's being done to the Constitution, to Democracy and to each South African--most of whom are so used to being screwed by the ANC they don't even know it's happened...

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:24pm on 12 June 2011
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AND THE ANC WANT TO HEAD UP THE IMF.WHY? BECAUSE IT'S A BIG COOKIE JAR!FORGET IT NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!INFORMATION! TOO LATE JZ AND GWEDE THE HORSE BOLTED YEARS AGO YOU CANNOT CONTROL THE INTERNET! SO WEH!

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Elphus, wrote

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10:52am on 12 June 2011
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Information has become a basic need and we cannot tolerate any form of restrictions unless it is on nation security. We surely cannot afford an Africa kind of state where one knows anything but security agencies.

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Imaginary, wrote

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10:19am on 12 June 2011
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ANC, just push the bill through, use your majority. People will talk and make a noise but they will shut-up eventually. Bush bombed Iraq there was noise from alot of people, but as we know noise always dies out. Go for it JZ now is the time, they are trying to find comfort in Zapiro's cartoons of which we all know cartooning does not stop a process from going forward. We all enjoy Zapiro's cartoons, he's a cartoonist thats what he does, and we wish him the best in his career.

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mrs Kiwi, wrote

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07:22am on 12 June 2011
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Freedom of speach is democracy, The minute it is taken from us, democracy dies and we live in a country the rest of the world is fighting against.If ANC has nothing to hide, it wont be a threat. We need the critisizm to keep our ruling boys in line like the rest of the world does.We must STAND UP TO BULLYING!~!!! They teach you that at school. Good on you Shapiro, may there be more of you in SA.I am sorry I am no longer in SA to protect my people of all colours from these tyrants.Hope the West is watching.

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Boesman DuToit, wrote

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03:12am on 12 June 2011
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Shalom Shapiro, the world is getting the picture and so is the United nations Organization. VIVA SHAPIRO!

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Observer, wrote

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12:36am on 12 June 2011
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You have the pen Zapiro and the courage to use it. You have demonstrated more character than all in the ANC in 17 years. Exempting Madiba of course. Keep up the spirit, you are very much needed by the Nation!

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JZ KZN, wrote

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05:59pm on 11 June 2011
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Zapiro with his racist, imperialist and Zionist mindset is THE reason I cancelled my Sunday Times subion and my department's subion to the Mail & Guardian. I don't even buy these two editions no matter what the story is. I don't even read them online because they also subscribe to the anti-Zuma and anti-ANC campaign being propagated by Zapiro and his DA cronnies. When Helen Zille and the DA banned a Sowetan journalist, Zapiro and his cheer leaders were nowhere to be seen cartooning Zille raping freedom of speech. Today Zapiro is able to cartoon Pres. Zuma and the ANC without fear of persecution, thanks to the very Zuma and the ANC that fought for the freedom of press and speech that Zapiro & co enjoy today. Viva Zuma & ANC!!!

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