Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has withdrawn legal action against various media over cartoons and articles he considered defamatory, his spokesman said on Friday.
"In consultation with his legal team, President Zuma has elected to withdraw his claims against the various entities and in so doing bring these matters to a close, mindful as he is that much of the litigation commenced before the president assumed office," Mac Maharaj said.
The material, from 2006 to 2010, prompted Zuma to institute legal action against various media groups and individuals associated with them.
But now he felt "that measured as against the broader national interest and challenges which the country is faced with, his personal sentiments, however aggrieved he may feel, must give way".
Maharaj said Zuma had considered the cartoons and articles defamatory or calculated to "bring his good name, and in some instances the office of the president, into disrepute".