Cartoon an insult to voters - ANC

2014-05-29 20:27
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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


Cartoon causes uproar on Twitter

2014-05-29 14:45

A controversial EWN cartoon has been deemed racist by Twitter users who are calling for a boycott of the news organisation and an inquiry by the Human Rights Commission. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - A cartoon used by Eyewitness News contained racial undertones and insulted voters, the ANC claimed on Thursday.

"We view this in a serious light given the resilience of racism in the South African discourse and the condescending attitude demonstrated by some elements in the media and society," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

"Such attitudes particularly from the media reinforce the view that some sections of the media misuse the freedom of expression to undermine gains made thus far."

The party called the cartoon appalling.

The cartoon, titled "Congress of Clowns. And the clowns who voted them in", was posted on EWN's website, and depicted newly appointed ministers as clowns with big red noses.

On the side was another group of clowns, which were the voters, all in dark shading standing and watching with a description reading "we the poephols".

Kodwa said the ANC believed the media needed to counterbalance its freedom with responsibility and regard for the public.

"We expect the media to uphold democratic values and to reinforce responsibility based on ethical conduct," he said.

EWN on Thursday sent out a note saying it had read and heard its listeners' views and passed them on to the cartoonist.

"We at EWN apologise for any unintended offence caused. We at EWN will continue to strive for free speech and editorial independence," it said.

Read more on:    ewn  |  anc  |  johannesburg  |  politics  |  media

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be more

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


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 network.


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.