Cartoonist takes aim at corruption

2012-12-07 00:00

THE controversial cartoonist, Mdu Ntuli, who is behind the Fish and Chips advert that was banned by the SABC, has joined forces with Corruption Watch.

Ntuli, also known for his “Shangaan Jesus”, will be tackling corruption issues in a six-part YouTube series sponsored by the anti-corruption organisation. The aim is to get youngsters to take a stand against corruption by reporting it.

Corruption Watch’s executive director, David Lewis, said: “Mdu Ntuli is one of South Africa’s most original and hard-hitting satirists, and we are excited to be partnering with him on the Bra Tjotjo series.”

The first animation of the series is titled Something Fishy.

Ntuli has a following of 2,5 million viewers on his YouTube channel. Lewis said Corruption Watch was proud to be supporting young voices like Ntuli, who are already engaging with the negative effects that corruption has. Corruption Watch said the series is already available on YouTube.

“This campaign aims to get as many young South Africans on our side as possible,” he added.

Ntuli has created the name of Bra Tjotjo for these special edition animations. Bra Tjotjo and his silent partner, Van Deventer, are always on the lookout for the next scam, with a little inside help from a corrupt government official.

Ntuli had this to say: “I think South Africans will relate to the characters. They are greedy opportunists, who always end up behind bars — thanks to a good citizen, who notices their skulduggery and reports it to Corruption Watch.”

He was given freedom to create his own stories and characters dealing with issues that he felt were most important.

The launch of the initiative coincides with the UN International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9. The Corruption Watch SMS hotline is 45142.

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