The ANCWL calls on Zapiro to apologise to women for his latest “insensitive” cartoon

By Drum Digital
12 April 2017

Zapiro said the drawing itself was a metaphor that applies to all South Africans.

By Aphiwe Boyce

The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) condemned the latest Zapiro cartoon which depicts President Jacob Zuma zipping up his trousers as one of the Gupta brothers gets ready to "rape" South Africa.

In the cartoon SA is depicted as a woman, with State Security Minister David Mahlobo, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and The New Age editor Moegsien Williams holding her down.  But the ANCWL Secretary General Meokgo Matuba said the cartoon undermines the plight of women.

“The ANCWL is appalled by the latest  Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) cartoon that depicts South Africa as a woman being sexually violated. In a country as South Africa where women are sexually violated daily, Zapiro's cartoon is insensitive, distasteful and an insult to those who have suffered from the injustice of rape,” Matuba said.

Zapiro published "She's all Yours, Boss!"  cartoon on Tuesday. He told News24 that he did not take the depiction lightly, given the fallout over his first drawing of Zuma preparing to rape "Lady Justice" in 2008.

However, Zapiro said the current climate in the country over state capture and the cabinet reshuffle warranted his drawing.

"Everything I was trying to say about Jacob Zuma, and the way that he operates, the way he became president by riding roughshod over the justice system, has come true," he told News24. "I think the original cartoon over which he sued me for four years but had to drop, holds absolutely true, and I feel now that it's reached a point where so many other people are saying similar things. I felt it was now time to take it one step further, and show that it’s not the justice system that has been affected, but the whole country, and he has invited other people to get involved in state capture, News24 quoted him.

But Matuba was concerned that rape is an epidemic in SA and political satire should not make a mockery of the most violent act that a woman could encounter.

“The cartoon also carries a racial undertone and perpetuates the stereotype that black men remains onlookers in the face of any injustice. The ANCWL calls on Zapiro to apologise to all women of South Africa, more especially rape survivors.”

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