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Zapiro cartoon offensive and demeaning - ANC

Jackson Mthembu
06 July 2012

Party says Jonathan Shapiro and the M&G will be harshly judged by the people of SA

ANC CONDEMNS THE CARTOON BY ZAPIRO AND THE MAIL AND GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER

The African National Congress (ANC) finds the comment and cartoon, by Zapiro and the Mail and Guardian newspaper, dated 6th July 2012, offensive, demeaning and insulting to President Jacob Zuma, his family and the membership and leadership of the ANC (see here).

As the ANC, we are taken aback by this so-called cartoon and comment by Zapiro.  We find it unacceptable and shocking that after the harsh experiences that South Africa, the President and his family has experienced few weeks ago, that Zapiro and the Mail and Guardian will find it appropriate to continue with the insults and hurt to the President, his family and the broader ANC constituency.

Clearly, there is a lot that Shapiro and the Mail and Guardian should learn and appreciate about the Bill of Rights as contained in the South African Constitution, particularly the right to human dignity and the respect to the Office of the State President.

We therefore urge Zapiro and the Mail and Guardian, to do the most honourable thing, apologise to President Zuma, his family, his ANC constituency and to South Africa at large. 

As the ANC, we won't rest until we ensure that the likes of Zapiro and the Mail and Guardian fully understand that their so-called journalistic creativity is a disservice to the unity and cohesion of our country.  If Zapiro and the Mail and Guardian cared enough to participate at the National Social Cohesion Summit held this week, hosted by government, they would have understood he clarion call by all participants that this type of the so-called creative work does not belong to a democratic South Africa and that the unity and cohesion of our country is important than the obsession to insult the image of President Zuma and the image of South Africa.

We believe we are not alone as the ANC in condemning this act of insult to our President by Zapiro and the Mail and Guardian, all South Africans share our disgust. We have been in undated by calls from a number of South Africans, including journalist, cartoonist, members of various religious groups in our country, as well as business leaders,  etc, who equally feel offended by this display of arrogance by Zapiro and the Mail and Guardian.

Indeed Zapiro and the Mail and Guardian will be harshly judged not only by the ANC and the people of South Africa but also by his own peers for this disgust and disrespect to the Office of President Zuma as the ANC President, President of the Republic of South Africa, a father and a family man.

As the ANC we were hopeful that the Summit on Social Cohesion called by our government would have assisted the like of Zapiro and his ilk to appreciate that as South Africans we need to respect each other immaterial of the positions we hold in society.  We were also of the view that the Summit on Social Cohesion would also assist people like Zapiro and the Mail and Guardian to respect the cultural values that underpin our South African society, values which negates any insulting mannerism in written or artistic word.  We were obviously wrong on both accounts, it is still  abundantly clear that there is still a lot that we need to do as a country to cement respect for one another and also respect for cultural values that are in abundance and reflective of our diversity in our country. 

Statement issued by Jackson Mthembu, ANC National Spokesperson, July 6 2012

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NEVER!
Never apologise. Zuma has shown his disdain for the people of South Africa many times with his criminal behaviour and constant lies. South Africa should not rest until this criminal is removed from office and locked away in a jail cell for his attacks on . .more

by Miksa668 on July 06 2012, 14:25
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The lesser of two evils... ?

Mthembu's earnest pleas aside, what about "Papa Jake's" none too subtle assault on the Judiciary, the Constitution and our fledgling democracy in general?

Oh, my mistake, these are all fabrications designed to show our "Dear Leader" in a . .more

by Marc V on July 06 2012, 14:36
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Don't Apologise
More people need to stand up to Zuma, before it's too late.

by Miksa668 on July 06 2012, 14:36
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Who exactly is it who insults our highest office?
" . . this disgust and disrespect to the Office of President Zuma as the ANC President, President of the Republic of South Africa, a father and a family man".

It is not the cartoonist who demeans "The Office of the President of the Republic of . .more

by Questor on July 06 2012, 14:46
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No body wants to date you Mthembu
"We have been in undated by calls from a number of South Africans, including journalist, cartoonist, members of various religious groups in our country, as well as business leaders, etc, who equally feel offended by this display of arrogance by Zapiro . .more

by Vuka on July 06 2012, 14:47
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No-one would even know about the painting except for the ANC fuss!
Do they NEVER learn? Making a fuss about a painting no-one had heard about just brought it to the attention of the whole world, and Zapiro, and that is what made Zuma a laughing stock.

by Lyndall Beddy on July 06 2012, 15:03
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Price of Democracy
This is the price you pay as a politician, in a democracy, when your deeds are scrutinized by a free press. The ANC does not seem to get it, it is as if they all live in fear that their turn will come. Surely not! Their actions and behaviour have all been . .more

by Mojalefa on July 06 2012, 15:05
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The AnC is offended again... hahahaha
Poor, idiotic, shameless ANC, another change to play the victim with your Spear.

Zapiro is just showing you the image in the mirror is YOU, the lot of you are dickheads

by tokolosh on July 06 2012, 15:07
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All South Africans!
The ANC shouldn't bleat about unity and cohesion at all. They continually bleat on about "Blacks and Africans in particular", represent the white minority as the enemy and sing songs about killing white people, whatever the context may be. COSATU took a . .more

by Markza on July 06 2012, 15:15
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suck on this, fool!
The ANC-led alliance came to power with many stated and lofty ideals. They flowed from the rhetoric of such American greats as Martin Luther King. "An injury to one is an injury to all", "Injustice anywhere is a . .more . .more threat to justice . .more . . .more

by Lesson from Mr T of the A team on July 06 2012, 15:17
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Why doesn't he draw kuku ya mashobana ya Madam?
Bloody Apartheid Beneficiaries; let's burn these valueless constitutional papers and reclaim our RESPECT the right way!!!

by Mute Fool_Makoya on July 06 2012, 15:18
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@Zapiro
...your mom. now let's move on

by fraud on July 06 2012, 15:36
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What "cultural values" ...?
You mean the 'culture' of hoping around in a leopard skin with a stick when you marry your fourth G*** herder? Or the 'culture' where a Standard 2 education qualifies you as president? Just so we all clear...

by Marc on July 06 2012, 15:46
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@JacksonMTHEMBU.....
.....how thoughtful of you to bring this matter to the attention of the global democratic church. It might well had been overlooked had you not applied your mind as you have.

In support of the norms of Real Democracy I have followed your . .more

by John Austin on July 06 2012, 15:55
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home truth
Once again Zapiro is a bit over the top, but then that it is what he does for a living. The ANC helps him by publicising these issues, just as they did with the Spear

The sad fact is that there are many people who do not respect the President and . .more

by citizen on July 06 2012, 16:05
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"We believe we are not alone as the ANC in condemning this act of insult..."
Yes, yes, you are...

by Marc on July 06 2012, 16:16
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@ the bombastic and self-immolating ANC crass-cadre ilks
The job of a cartoonist is to rub bombastic fools' faces in their own vomit.
You produce so many piles of vomit every time you speak that you make Zapiro's job remarkably easy.

by Plutarch on July 06 2012, 16:37
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Go for it Zapiro the educated appreciate the humor.
The world thinks this idiot is just that an idiot. What proper person would have 20
Or is it 36 children. A savage? A laughing stock of the world. Even for Africa he is appalling. An Idi Amin. Terrible is not the right word to describe these . .more

by Darwin on July 06 2012, 16:44
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Pathetic Mr Z
Mojalefa says: "This is the price you pay as a politician, in a democracy, when your deeds are scrutinized by a free press." Could not agree more - and it isn't as if Zuma isn't being paid very handsomely for doing nothing but posturing and getting . .more

by jen on July 06 2012, 16:50
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And THIS is alright??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCILT7NhmIk

The man is a warmongerer, encouraging genocide on farmers. He is NOT a D***, he is the next Idi Amin.

I would like to see more cartoons exposing this insect for the blood thirsty barbarian that . .more

by James on July 06 2012, 17:04
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Well the ANC is censoring criticism of the government
And you know we are right about that. If you write comments negative about the ANC or their governing policies you are banned from websites. The ANC is a totally closed organization: Blacks only for blacks only- only if they are comrades. Socialists only . .more

by Nasdaq7 on July 06 2012, 17:04
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by Plutarch on July 06 2012, 16:37
Fake

by Plutarch on July 06 2012, 17:05
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I hadn't seen it ...
... now I have ... thanks for pointing it out Jackson.

by Sad Days on July 06 2012, 17:11
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Zapiro's showerhead relates to casual sex NOT polygamy!
How can the ANC relate the Showerhead cartoons to the culture of polygamy?

At the time of "the shower" after caual sex Zuma actually only had one wife - at Nkandla. His second wife had divorced him and his third wife had died.

And I . .more

by Lyndall Beddy on July 06 2012, 17:29
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all the different identities.....
I never challenge otjhers when they use my name.
their postings reveal more than I have to expose.
as I have said many times before I don't care who wants to copy my name.
i don't have copyright.
I merely enjoy a bit of scribbling and . .more

by Plutarch on July 06 2012, 17:31
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Mistake
The first mistake was not continuing with the court case on the spear so that the line in the sand with regards to artistic expression and personal dignity was resolved. The second mistake will be not pursuing a court case and going all the way (which . .more

by . on July 06 2012, 17:33
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The Great Zoomer Selfish Gene Wriggle
It's like staring into the microscope's lens and watching these millions of little Zoomer cell-organisms doing amazing things... an ethologist's paradise. But the South African taxpayer will willingly continue to sponsor this, so what can the ol' Cap'n . .more

by Cap'n Haddock on July 06 2012, 17:59
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The ANC makes a daily cartoon of themselves
The ANC-led alliance came to power with many stated and lofty ideals. They flowed from the rhetoric of such American greats as Martin Luther King. "An injury to one is an injury to all", "Injustice anywhere is a . .more . .more threat to justice . .more . . .more

by Concerned Citizen on July 06 2012, 18:31
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@.
If you have proof that the M & G is going to court to drag out court proceedings until after mangaung then you should use your influence to declare the M & G a vexatious litigant.
See, in a democracy under ease of access of all to legal santion . .more

by . on July 06 2012, 18:34
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@Imposter by . on July 06 2012, 18:34
Listen fakester. Read what I said. I "believe"...

by . on July 06 2012, 19:24
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@.
But sophists can believe seven things before breakfast.
whatever you believe now has no relevance to what you will believe in theree seconds time when you see opportunity to use your fantasy world to explain reality.
No problem at all old . .more

by . on July 06 2012, 20:05
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@imposter by . on July 06 2012, 20:05
I can hold an argument, but will not continue a discussion with a thief who steals my identity, someone untrustworthy, someone who has no ethics or morality, where theft is a way of life. If you have a problem with my comments choose another identity and . .more

by . on July 06 2012, 20:42
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@.
I think you are delusional.
Your comment sounds as though you are talking with yourself.
you who avoids responding in any decent way to others when they challenge you except to make snide and off-line comments.
you who with your inadvertent . .more

by . on July 06 2012, 22:30
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Zapiro cartoon
Zapiro suffers from P**** envy. Where is the humour? Base lavatorial stuff passed off as satire!

by rhoda kadalie on July 06 2012, 23:04
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Jacob and Jackson the D****
But appointing Jacob 783 president was demeaning and insulting to the country and an assault on all our dignity.

Clearly, there is a lot that the ANC should learn and appreciate about the Bill of Rights as contained in the South African . .more

by Racists in ANC speak means people who think (differently to them) on July 06 2012, 23:26
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Brilliantly accuracte depiction of Zuma
The cartoon is brilliantly accurate as to the character of Zuma. Zapiro got it spot on. When will the ANC get it though there thick skulls that the Office of the President has absolutely no dignity whatsoever -only a person can have dignity and . .more

by THE BROWN MAN on July 06 2012, 23:41
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artistically accurate.
The locals from Zuma's hometown of Nkandla only objected to the spear painting on the basis that the P**** was supposedly too small. I am glad to see that Zapiro has kept the small proportions in this Cartoon - its probably more artistically accurate.

by THE BROWN MAN on July 06 2012, 23:54
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Art....
ART.....
One of the greatest and most famous artist of the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso, said, "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Clearly, the current distasteful, hateful and highly prejudicial . .more

by Khayalethu Khaya Sebastian Hamana on July 07 2012, 01:31
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@kksh
Still doesn't change the fact that Mr S.Pear is not the person to lead this country.
This guy is completely vision less, lacks morals, management skills, humility, and a passion to take us forward.
The only thing that concerns him is the will to . .more

by Jzee on July 07 2012, 10:25
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@imposter by . on July 06 2012, 22:30
No you do not just quote me. You pretend to be me. I am not delusional. If you want to discuss or take issue with my comments then use another identity.

by . on July 07 2012, 10:34
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Excitement

What's the commonality in all this rising excitement?

Can it be Zuma's jet?

by Ivan on July 07 2012, 10:39
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there is no apology needed....
the anc needs to realise that sa the anc, govmt, zumbuck and the cadres are not a singularity....of all the people in sa only around 55% voted for this regime as a total of the population.....they do not represent or the majority as they believe and tell . .more

by onlooker on July 07 2012, 11:09
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Zapiro "D*** Catoon"
Wonderfully appropriate for a "D*** of a president".....

by Democrat on July 07 2012, 17:21
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Oh, Almost Forgot! - It's Boozy Jacko
Here we have Boozy Jacko again, spewing forth - no doubt written while peering through the bottom of an empty bottle of Johnnie `Blue

by Democrat on July 07 2012, 17:25
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And Here is DOT again.....The ANC's "Deployed" Blogger
..the ANC apologist and chief blogger - Dot, we are still waiting - how much are you being paid by the scumbag ANC

by Democrat on July 07 2012, 17:34
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@Democrat
No-one deployed me. Why not comment on the article? Oh yes, I remember now, its because you have a host of identities to use in your smear campaign.

by . on July 07 2012, 19:39
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@.
Aah I see we are now using the old chestnut of "Why not comment on the article".

Hint: when demanding that other obey your opersonal set of rules is it not perhpas good "pour encouragement le outres" to actually obey them . .more

by . on July 07 2012, 20:20
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@. by . on July 07 2012, 20:20

Fakester


by . on July 07 2012, 22:11
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Its not a colour issue - get over it.
Khayalethu Khaya Sebastian Hamana - you say "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes . .more

by THE BROWN MAN on July 07 2012, 22:26
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@by . on July 07 2012, 22:11
re @. by . on July 07 2012, 20:20

Fakester

by . on July 08 2012, 01:16
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@ by . on July 08 2012, 01:16
Fakester

by . on July 08 2012, 08:32
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Zapiro cartoon offensive and demeaning - ANC
get a fife Shapeero and get of our Zuma;s back. Respect Our Government. Yea this is a democracy with loads of freedom - use it wisely. Now please leave my Government ALONE and find pleasure elsewhere.

by mo khan on July 09 2012, 08:57
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