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ANC President sues cartoonist “Zapiro” for libel

African National Congress President Jacob Zuma has filed a libel suit against editorial cartoonist Jonathan “Zapiro” Shapiro for the amount of $712,300 over a controversial cartoon published in September that depicted Lady Justice being held down by four ANC members who urged Zuma to rape her. Zuma had been charged with rape in 2005, but was later acquitted.

The two recently exchanged words during a call-in radio program where Zuma was the guest. Zuma said, “Even in places where I’ve been found not guilty, he continues to find me guilty. He can’t be right. He’s totally out of order.” Zapiro called in to counter that the cartoon was an an expression of free speech. He said, “I am a columnist, a visual columnist. I comment on what you do and what you say. And you are a public figure. You are the one with the power, not me. And you just turn it on its head and act the victim.”

Community Comments

#1 Monty Rohde
December/19/2008
@ 10:04 pm

Knowing the little I do about SA politics I know the ANC still wields quite a bit of power. Good luck Zapiro, I hope someone helps you because you’re in for one hell of a fight.

#2 Robert Becker
April/21/2009
@ 10:06 pm

Good on you Jonno
Keep the bastards honest as they say here in Oz
Seems like a bit of ‘back to the good old days’ when mentioning the name ‘Mandela’ could get you locked up and beaten up.
Zooma – Mugabe – Vorster – not a lot of difference when you look below the surface – the three monkeys perhaps?
Except Zooma should have his hands over his crotch…..

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