ANC not taking any more action over cartoon

2014-05-30 18:17
(Picture: Sapa)

(Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Cartoon undermines SA's democracy - ANC

2014-05-30 12:43

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa has told eNCA the controversial EWN cartoon undermines the democratic values that underpin South Africa's democracy. WATCH

Johannesburg - The AN will not take any further action against Eyewitness News about a "racist" cartoon on its website, the party said on Friday.

"We will leave it to [Primedia] to deal with the matter internally. They have apologised and we are happy they are dealing with it," spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

The party protested on Friday outside Primedia's Johannesburg offices, which owns EWN.

Khoza said party members marched to Prime Media because the cartoon had raised various concerns.

"It was racist, an insult to voters, and showed disrespect to the public office."

He said the cartoon undermined freedom of choice and democracy.

"We felt compelled to take up this issue of racism because of where we come from as the country. If we don't take it up, this level of racism will keep on appearing..."

ANCYL: Editors must take responsibility

The party met Primedia's management and its editorial team.

"They have apologised and committed to dealing with the matter internally. We are happy and hope the people they insulted appreciate whatever action they take."

The party's youth league said editors should start taking responsibility for what their newsrooms published.

"The cartoonist highlights the radicalism that reigns in the minds of the liberal newsrooms supported by pseudo-political analysts," spokesperson Bandile Masuku said.

The league said the SA National Editors' Forum should help its members embrace democracy, non-racialism, and non-sexism.

Cosatu wants admission from Primedia

The Congress of SA Trade Union said EWN and Primedia should admit the cartoon they published was racist.

"Cosatu demands that EWN, and Primedia admit that the cartoon was racist in the way it falsely portrayed ANC voting clowns as exclusively black," spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

He said the media house should issue a formal apology and refuse to continue publishing work by the cartoonists responsible.

The SA Communist Party added its voice to the outrage.

"The SACP condemns in strongest terms the racism that persists in the media in all its manifestations, hidden, disguised, and open," spokesperson Alex Mashilo said in a statement.

‘Congress of Clowns’

The cartoon, by Dr Jack & Curtis, titled "Congress of Clowns. And the clowns who voted them in", was posted on EWN's website and subsequently removed. It depicts newly appointed ministers as clowns with big red noses.

On the side is another group of clowns, representing voters, who are darkly shaded and stand and watch, accompanied by a description reading "we the poephols".

"We at EWN apologise for any unintended offence caused. We at EWN will continue to strive for free speech and editorial independence," it said in a statement on its website.
- SAPA
Read more on:    sacp  |  cosatu  |  primedia  |  anc  |  ancyl  |  politics  |  media
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
83 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Hottie of the day: Nicole Meyer!

Nicole is the cover girl for the 2014 edition of SA Swimsuit! Check out some smoking hot pics of here here.

 
 

Men24.com

11 things men don’t know about their clothes
Hilarious mortal kombat elevator prank!
This is how the Top Gear presenters spend their £55 million!
Thirty and still single? There’s hope!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The Moon has moved into your sign, emphasizing the need to connect things to work together. There is a tendency to focus too far...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.