President Jacob Zuma is suing Avusa Media for R5 million for Zapiro's Lady Justice rape cartoon, The Times reported on Tuesday.
Zuma started proceedings against Avusa, the cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro and former Sunday Times editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya in a summons issued in the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday.
The cartoon, depicting Zuma preparing to rape Lady Justice, was published on September 7, 2008.
The president, who was acquitted of a rape charge in 2006, was shown loosening his trousers while African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema, Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe look on, saying: “Go for it, boss.”
The president said the cartoon was degrading and left him feeling humiliated, demanding R4 million from Avusa, Makhanya and Shapiro and a further R1 million for damaging his reputation.