Durban marchers demand Zapiro apology from ‘Times’

2013-11-01 00:00

OVER 100 people, including Hindu devotees, religious leaders, businessmen and politicians, marched on the offices of the Sunday Times in Overport, Durban, yesterday, demanding an explanation for a controversial political cartoon carried in the newspaper.

The cartoon by renowned cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, who works under the name Zapiro, was published on Sunday and depicted Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat being sacrificed to Hindu deity Ganesha, in reference to bullying by India’s cricket governing body bullying over that country’s upcoming inbound tour later this year.

According to the protest organiser, Hindu Youth Network president Pragasen Pillay, the protest would be one of many if the national weekly publication failed to apologise.

Pillay said the show of support countrywide has shown how deeply hurt the Hindu community and South Africans were by the depiction of Ganesha.

Shapiro told Lotus FM last night that he would not apologise for the cartoon.

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