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Govt demands removal of Zapiro cartoon

2012-07-06 18:00

Johannesburg - The government called for the urgent removal of the latest Zapiro cartoon on President Jacob Zuma in the Mail & Guardian on Friday.

"Government calls on Jonathan Shapiro [Zapiro] to withdraw his cartoon, and urges the Mail & Guardian to remove it from its website," government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said in a statement.

The cartoon was a "defamatory attack" on Zuma's character and violated his rights to dignity as enshrined in the Constitution.

"It is disappointing that the Mail & Guardian published such a demeaning cartoon, especially following the recent debate about another offensive artwork."

He was referring to a now-defaced painting by artist Brett Murray depicting Zuma with genitals exposed, which showed at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in May.

Infringe on rights

"While the Constitution and the government of South Africa promote freedom of expression, artists should ensure that they do not infringe on the rights of others, and that they build cohesion, dignity, and respect rather than undermine these imperatives.

Earlier, the ANC, which Zuma heads, the ANC Women's League (ANCWL), and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) issued statements condemning the cartoon.

It features an erect penis with a showerhead and legs with an accompanying limerick about Zuma.

The ANCWL said: "The Zapiro cartoons rely on their shock value to make an impact, but calling the president of this great nation a 'dick' is unacceptable and the WL would like to know who the 'we' he is referring to in the cartoon actually is, as the majority of the population who voted for the president clearly did not think this of Zuma."

The ANC said: "As the ANC, we are taken aback by this so-called cartoon and comment by Zapiro.

"We find it unacceptable and shocking that after the harsh experiences that South Africa, the president, and his family experienced [a] few weeks ago, that Zapiro and the Mail & Guardian will find it appropriate to continue with the insults and hurt to the president, his family, and the broader ANC constituency."

Numsa said it was "littered with venomous and deep personal hatred" of Zuma.

"As Numsa we can come to no other conclusion but to accept that some white progressives of yesteryear have become racist and colonialist in their outlook since the advent of our new democratic dispensation."

- View the cartoon on M&G's website.

Comments
  • Irene - 2012-07-06 18:03

    I sincerely hope M&G isn't intimidated by the cANCer. The cartoon depicts Zooomer perfectly and is probably the best portrait of him ever drawn.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-07-06 18:09

      When will the cartoon Zuma be removed?

      michael.i.wright - 2012-07-06 18:22

      What have you got against penises? At least they're fun and useful.

      Adam - 2012-07-06 18:28

      I wonder if the penis is going to sue for defamation?.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-06 18:34

      Oh for Fu*ksake! The cANCer, NUMSA and ANCWl, GROW UP! The "We" referred to in the cartoon probably refers to about 90% of the population who are continuously Fu*ked by Zuma and his Cronies! As for White's becoming Racist - You and your talks of Nationalisation, BEE and Land grabs, creates a whole new generation of racists every day and every time your open your ignorant politicised mouths! And Yes, as the leader of a bunch of Dicks, he takes the role of the biggest very well!

      makenawn - 2012-07-06 19:07

      The cartoon should not be removed the Limpopo goverment should be removed

      Gerald - 2012-07-06 19:22

      @ Irene, Let us hope, for all our collective sake, that you are wrong, that you are wrong. We all want Zuma out, South Africa does not need another Zuma term, but I fear this attacks on him will endear him to the hearts of his electorate. We saw it before, with the whole Mbeki-Zuma fiasco. That catapulted Zuma to the presidency, now we are doing it again. Be very clear, that us news24 bloggers, do not influence the ballot much, it is the people who do not have access to the internet, people in the rural areas who will put whoever they so choose. Tactics like this, to them, are acts of oppressors trying to bring apartheid back, they will sooner sleep hungry than allow the deconstruction of a black man. What purpose does this cartoon serve...we know JZ is a polygamist, we know he took a shower, we know he has fathered at least one child out of wedlock, we know his weaknesses, most importantly we know he should not take a second term. Why give it to him on a silver (or black, green and gold) platter?

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-06 19:34

      We find it unacceptable and shocking that after the harsh experiences that South Africa, the president, and his family experienced [a] few weeks ago, Does this include all of his wives and illigitimate children or only some of them. Come on respect is earned. A president should set an example to the nation, and should show impecable conduct. Zuma has done the complete opposite, why should we respect him? Because of political moneuvaring that he managed to dodge corruption charges, and became president or is it because of the illiterate masses that voted his corrupt and incompetent party into power. Go suck my spear.....

      bobby.mykonos - 2012-07-06 19:40

      gerald.nchabeleng You are correct. Sadly people don't see how their actions are being interpreted by the majority who have had a very different experience of life. I support freedom of speech, but I know when it is wise to exercise restraint and focus on the bigger goal of a unified and prosperous South Africa. We all need to show more restraint and think before we speak.

      ianon.ym - 2012-07-06 19:46

      Zapiro demands removal of Govt -

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 19:51

      And yet not one ANC troll has found it in themselves to defend the value of freedom of speech(the same freedom of speech that finds expression in songs about machine guns and killing farmers).... you can't have it both ways, ANC.

      liana.loots - 2012-07-06 19:56

      Shapiro for president

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-07-07 11:31

      I demand you remove the most corrupted racist president in South Africa. This king of thief's!!!!!

  • Nomde - 2012-07-06 18:09

    He could have not mentioned him by name at least... That may have been a step too far

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-07 06:00

      He didn't have to be mentioned by name we all know exactly who is depicted. Besides why remove the cartoon? Everyone has seen it and I have saved it for later distribution to all my friends in the far off countries to laugh at, along with all the other shower and social commentary.

      Jazzy - 2012-07-07 09:55

      a rose by any other name ...

  • Kholofelo Irene Maboho - 2012-07-06 18:10

    The Government is sick...you can't go around demanding the removal of everything that hurts your feelings. I believe that this is a free country and Zapiro is free to express his thoughts... The government must go n build houses for people rather than spend time on things that dnt matter!

      Christelle - 2012-07-06 18:19

      Ditto Kholofelo - like getting rid of the people depriving the poor children in Limpopo of an education - that took 6 months to sort out (after intervention of the DA) It took them minutes to get onto this......look at Zille's response when "nude" photo's of her appeared. She laughed it of saying people now realise why she needs more than Botox. It shows that her focus is not on HER, but on issues in our country

      Christelle - 2012-07-06 18:24

      I see you live in Limpopo - do the right thing for your province next year:-)

      liana.loots - 2012-07-06 18:44

      they are scared. zuma is the laughingstock of the country

      Rodney - 2012-07-06 18:46

      Spot on Kholefo, problem is, they have no idea what they are doing most of the time, so they pick on things they think are easily solved. If they do manage to sort it, they can then give themselves a pat on the back and a pay increase.

      johann.nel.52 - 2012-07-06 19:36

      Kholofelo for President !

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-07 06:03

      The South African government is like a Punch and Judy show. There on stage right is Punch (Zuma) shouting and carrying on about his dicknity being taken away by a cartoon, while on stage left is Judy sweeping the embarrassing Limpopo, airplane, textbooks, health department, police scandals under the carpet.

  • zamani.myende - 2012-07-06 18:13

    The dictator must redefine \freedom of expression\.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-06 18:39

      NEW DEFINITION OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AS AMENDED BY SHOWERKOP AND HIS CRONIES - " WHATEVER THE GOVERNMENT THINKS IS O.K. ANYTHING ELSE WILL BE BANNED AND THE CULPRITS TAKEN TO COURT AND SEVERELY PUNISHED" Yaaaaay! Viva the new democracy! Viva, Freedom of Expression! Viva Las Vegas!

      Fourhundredkg - 2012-07-06 18:46

      Surely you mean the "dick-tater"?

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-07 06:04

      Mustn't forget about his dicknity and his hole contingent all 4 of them and his offspring.

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-07-06 18:15

    Do these dullards have any idea how the internet works? You can take it off the website but it's going to be all over the internet for the rest of time and the more they bleat about it the more people are going to see it. And laugh.

      liana.loots - 2012-07-06 18:45

      agreed. its already viral

  • provence.poppies - 2012-07-06 18:16

    The government is more concerned about comics and paintings than crime and job creation. The feeble minded ANC. A moments silence for them.

  • Adam - 2012-07-06 18:16

    Had the anc ignored it, it would have gone away. Now everyone wants to see it. Dickheads.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 19:57

      You are so right Adam - Marketing 101.

  • Jack - 2012-07-06 18:17

    Right to dignity? lol, Zuma is a fool. We know it, the world knows it. He's embarrassing.

  • Aaron - 2012-07-06 18:19

    We should give Zapiro our full support. The ANC went too far when they attacked artistic freedom. This should serve as a demonstration that no amount of intimidation will take away our freedom of speech again. Zapiro is only the messenger, removing the message will not change the details behind it. In the same way that we stood up to tyranny and stopped the e-tolls, we should stand firm with Zapiro against their intimidation.

      Themba - 2012-07-06 18:52

      Wayibeka indaba Bhungane!

  • JoeFarmer - 2012-07-06 18:21

    the vain search for a comrade who isn't a complete spear continues. Viva outrage at acurate drawing of showerhead. Viva at brushing the real issues under the mat

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-07 06:22

      Viva Punch and Judy or is that Zuma and the Anc

  • mxolisi.mchunu - 2012-07-06 18:21

    It's clear the media does not have any ethical standards. And they are the first one's to protest when Government tries to put in place measures to regulate it.

      Aaron - 2012-07-06 18:26

      Why do you think they are they being unethical? Because they tell the truth about your leaders?

      Christelle - 2012-07-06 18:27

      Media is about selling newspapers - they have never been voted as the most ethical. That is what you expect from your ruling government - and my friend - our government does not know how to spell ethical behaviour. Government should focus on what is important, and Shapiro does not have to depict our leader as a d^&k for the people to know that he is one.

      mxolisi.mchunu - 2012-07-06 18:34

      Aaron, what do you mean 'your leaders'. Are you not a South African? I thought we only had one Government

      JoeFarmer - 2012-07-06 18:43

      @mxolisi; I am sure aaron is an SA, just not an ignorant sheeple.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-06 18:47

      Oh for Fu*ksake! The cANCer, NUMSA and ANCWl, GROW UP! The "We" referred to in the cartoon probably refers to about 90% of the population who are continuously Fu*ked by Zuma and his Cronies! As for White's becoming Racist - You and your talks of Nationalisation, BEE and Land grabs, creates a whole new generation of racists every day and every time your open your ignorant politicised mouths! And Yes, as the leader of a bunch of Dicks, he takes the role of the biggest very well!

      Rodney - 2012-07-06 18:48

      Yep, that's true, one government, but i sure as hell didn't vote for it.

      Themba - 2012-07-06 18:53

      Macingwane, Zuma is the one who has no ethics. Zapiro is merely putting that in art form

  • lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-07-06 18:22

    We demand that you, the ANC government, do your job with the same passion that you have for this non-issue.

  • elmarie.viljoen.7 - 2012-07-06 18:24

    Zapiro just drew what we all think anyway... Wonder if Government take time to read the comments on N24 - would be interesting to know what they make of how unpopular Zuma is and the ANC for that matter! Oooh wonder if we gonna get a team to investigate this issue too!

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-06 18:25

    'Government demands removal'. What about the people's demands for better governance, which includes no corruption.

  • Johan Van Rensburg - 2012-07-06 18:30

    There we go Glencoe. Reverting to violence is the answer. Great intellectual comment by the way!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-07-06 18:32

    To see the cartoon go to: http://t.co/QBU98IUA

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-06 18:33

    Here we go again! The constitution only promotes freedom of expression when it suits the powers that be! For goodness sake the anc must stop having delusions of grandeur!!!!!!!!!!

  • roann.louw.7 - 2012-07-06 18:35

    NO!

  • Seena - 2012-07-06 18:36

    leave african people alone...that we will be nice really

      Themba - 2012-07-06 18:48

      Hey you, are you a European? If so, what you you doing in Africa and poking your nose on matters which concern (South) Africans?

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-07-06 18:37

    Copy and send the cartoon to your friends all over the world before the revolutionary regime have it removed.

      warwick.gibson.1 - 2012-07-07 11:28

      Already all over the place. I bet even some of the world leaders have had a chuckle at this.

  • dick.muller - 2012-07-06 18:39

    Doesn't the truth hurt, or what.. :-) :-) :-) :-) In any event, I've been called "Dick' for years.... What a vile fool our president is... a lot more brains in his small head than in the big one... vomit vomit vomit

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-07-06 18:45

    Lopha ngoku phindwa?

  • altyd.onderweg - 2012-07-06 18:46

    Fact is we don't need this again. Shapiro is "white" and this will just turn into a racist thing and divide the nation even further.

      antin.herinck - 2012-07-06 22:51

      Not only is he white, but the evil racist drew Zoomer as a white penis, which is highly offensive, if you are a black one.

  • Ian - 2012-07-06 18:46

    once again, its only democracy when it suits them, what a bunch

  • mbulelo.kona.50 - 2012-07-06 18:48

    The so called leaders of the government of today are a joke. So are the current leaders of the ANC. When has a cartoon about an irresponsible individual become a government issue. When the Limpopo text books issue became public, no word was heard from the government and the ANC. It was only after they were compelled by a court order did they act. When gangs kill babies and women in the Cape Flats nothing is heard from the government. There is a raft of issues that requires the attention of the elected leaders, but no, they choose to respond on a mundane cartoon that reflects on indiscretions of an old man who keeps on marrying. The government do not have their priorities straight,so is the ANC.

  • Zama - 2012-07-06 18:51

    I think we need Mugabe to be our President because south africa is an ungrateful country

      Themba - 2012-07-06 18:58

      Dude, no 88 year old deranged geezer is going to be the President of SA. You can piss off to Zim instead.

      TheMonk Za - 2012-07-06 18:58

      Then go to Zim. Stupid people like you create countries like Zimbabwe, not Mugabe.

      Henk - 2012-07-06 19:26

      Ratsake you are ungratefull! We support this nation much more that you think...

      Irene - 2012-07-06 20:10

      Zama ~ WTF has your comment got to do with an accurately drawn picture of Zooomer?

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-06 21:56

      What sh@t are you smoking,,,your own??????

      warwick.gibson.1 - 2012-07-07 11:29

      In what way?

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-06 18:56

    If this South African government thinks of itself as democratic, they are joking, in a democratic country you will never see all this Zuma is doing, He takes himself very seriously where by he forgets about the poor people who voted for him, a very confusing democracy we have, when some black people protest, they destroy property,they burn foreigners shops and even beat them and chase them away, terrible things they do, but Zuma and his cronies does not care!Our Artists protest is very easy, simple and quiet, and you call it racist because they are white, if it was black he will not say nothing. Very confusing Democracy.

  • mbulelo.kona.50 - 2012-07-06 18:58

    The ANC must seriously work towards removing Zuma in Mangaung, not only on account of his past indiscretions, but also because of his unpredictability. One will never know when will Zuma commit another amorous mistake again. South Africa cannot afford to have another five year term where a president is discussed in this manner, instead of his policy choices.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-06 19:08

      Very sensible suggestion. Surely there is someone who has no stains, rapes, corruptions, multiple lovers etc etc who might lead this country?

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-07-06 18:59

    Copied it and am going to frame it and hang it on my toilet door.

  • nelly.skosana.5 - 2012-07-06 19:03

    ja neh

  • Zama - 2012-07-06 19:04

    All those who have a problem with Zuma you wasting time budging in a moving car while you crying every month can't pay your rents, eating pap with black tea every day. I guess go look for something to do with your useless lives

      Irene - 2012-07-06 20:12

      Huh? The weekend as only started and you're dronk already!

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-07 20:54

      @DOMZAMA, Eish, the umqobothi is too strong for you! Why not enjoy a glass or white wine instead?

  • biltong.burger - 2012-07-06 19:05

    I believe that a defamation case has a reasonable chance for success if you can prove that the statement that is considered to be defamatory is in fact not true. In this case, I guess that would be extremely difficult to do.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-07-06 19:05

    I think a huge portrait of the cartoon should be auctioned for charity,

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-07-06 19:05

    I don't think that this would've been so popular if the stupid gov didn't make note of it.

  • Boy - 2012-07-06 19:06

    This reminds me of the time that malema said that the gonernment must ban twitter.....How the fu.k are they going to get this pic. off the internet, millions of people have already seen it, even as far as China. Do they even know what WWW stand for?, for those of you idiots that don't know, it stands for: WORLD WIDE WEB!!!, SO unless the ANC has got some device that can erase our minds, would I say : it is too late, what has been seen can not be unseen!! DICKHEADS

  • gee.raaf - 2012-07-06 19:08

    Who cares?

  • bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-07-06 19:08

    I am so tired of hearing about Zuma's cock.

  • mbulelo.kona.50 - 2012-07-06 19:09

    It is only people like Zuma that choose to maintain a stiff upper-lip and pretend that Rome is not burning while they are fiddling. As a President, Zuma is out of his depth, hence the focus on his private life. There is absolutely nothing to write about regarding his performance as President. He has no vision, he can't articulate any government policy and he does not write any articles regarding international political economy or any national topical issue for that matter. How does he spend his spare time? You guessed right.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-06 19:12

      He does not have opinions nor policies because he merely regurgitates whatever he gleans from other people.

      john.s.stalwart - 2012-07-06 19:28

      That's the result of having a multi womaned man to captain a titanic while his multitude of madams need his attention,it wil foreva hit rocks and sink as he attends to his many madams,he dusnt care,he'l only wake up wen the waters drown his luxurious ship suite,owh,did I just say it, my tongue forfent dat i said it bt unfortunately dat ship wich hapens to sink here is our country South Africa,owh what a wreck is our country becoming! Remove the useles captain and the ship wil sail on safe waters again...

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-07-06 19:13

    News24, you reported this article incorrectly, it should go something like this: "The people of South Africa call on Zuma to withdraw himself from government, and urges the ANC to remove him and other corrupt officials from their organisation," South African spokesperson *insert your name here* said in a statement. "The president is a "defamatory attack" on South Africa's character and violated South African rights to dignity as enshrined in the Constitution." "It is disappointing that Zuma continues to manage in such a demeaning manner, especially following the recent incidence of corruption throughout his government." "While the Constitution and the government of South Africa promote freedom of expression, presidents should ensure that they do not infringe on the rights of others, and that they build cohesion, dignity, and respect rather than undermine these imperatives." "We find it unacceptable and shocking that after the harsh experiences that South Africa and her people have experienced [a] few weeks ago, that President Zuma and the ANC will find it appropriate to continue with the insults and behaviour that cause hurt to the country, her people, and her performance domestically and internationally as a respected country." Fixed.

      pieter.pohl.3 - 2012-07-06 19:34

      Seriously, who dislikes this? I'll be so happy the day I actually read a story like this.

  • Siegeknives - 2012-07-06 19:15

    I think WE ALL need to take step back and learn to take a joke. However, Zapiro, if you have an angry badger on your hands, don't go poke it with a stick. I understand you feel the need to spark political debate, but did you have to go that far? One the same token, ANC, do you guys have to attack everything and anything that doesn't aggree with you? and spout racisism at every turn?... as a great human being once said, \Can't we all just get along?\

      jerry.mabotja - 2012-07-06 19:58

      It is the anc that had caused us so much disrespect and turn us to be jokes around the world with their selection of their guestionable leader who faced rape case and totally refused to clear his name in court on charges of corruption and his many wives,if you are a leader is not only your tradition that should guide you as to how you should Live your life but Whether what your regard as tradition is in the best interest of your fellow citizen,you must remember that you are not the leader of your tribe but of the country and the world.

  • Zama - 2012-07-06 19:16

    He is there to stay and he is your Angel

      Irene - 2012-07-06 20:13

      Okay, now it's clear you definitely are dronk.

  • Themba - 2012-07-06 19:17

    Manyi there's an overconcentration of stupidity in your head. Shusshhhh

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-06 19:19

    Ag shame. http://mg.co.za/zapiro/ Make copies, send it to as many people as you can Forget it ANC it's gonna be on the net till Jesus comes hahahahaha

  • sadrick.lottering - 2012-07-06 19:20

    The wording! so disapointed now. There realy are better ways at getting the message across and also wording which could compliment the genius artwork.

  • Dennis - 2012-07-06 19:26

    Anyone know where we can get a look at the offending artwork?

      Themba - 2012-07-06 19:40

      Click on the word 'cartoon' which is in blue fonts on the article

  • mbulelo.kona.50 - 2012-07-06 19:26

    I urge contributors to this article not to dignify racist comments by a response. By so doing, we will be reducing this discussion to nefarious machinations, when we know that the cartoon is based on indisputable empirical evidence. Even Jacob Zuma agreed in court that he can't control his sexual urges.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-06 19:30

      You are very ARTiculated. I agree.

      smalefane - 2012-07-06 19:36

      I wouldn't be surprised if you receive a lot of thumbs up from readers with western surnames. If you are some enough, then that should tell you something.

  • jono.qmann - 2012-07-06 19:28

    Weres our rights to do what we want?

      Shaun Mawanda Faniso - 2012-07-06 22:14

      lmao.. we have a right to do what we want? so if someone would slap u, u would respect that right? use ur brain.. please for the nation's sake

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-06 19:31

    We find it unacceptable and shocking that after the harsh experiences that South Africa, the president, and his family experienced [a] few weeks ago, Does this include all of his wives and illigitimate children or only some of them. Come on respect is earned. A president should set an example to the nation, and should show impecable conduct. Zuma has done the complete opposite, why should we respect him? Because of political moneuvaring that he managed to dodge corruption charges, and became president or is it because of the illiterate masses that voted his corrupt and incompetent party into power. Go suck my spear.....

  • Sihle KaMazibuko Mkhize - 2012-07-06 19:31

    This bastard has gone too far....in other countries such behavior is punishable by death

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-07-06 19:36

      That's right , you don't like some one kill them . Kill, murder , rape. Its obvious you are a ANC supporter.

      Themba - 2012-07-06 19:42

      Go and live in those other countries so that you can punish people by dealth for expressing themselves artisitically

      popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-07-06 19:43

      Yes Sihle and in “other countries” raping a 5 year old girl, strangling a 5 month old boy and torturing a 90 year old woman by useless terrorists is also “punishable by death” unfortunately we are not living in that “other” country !

      Themba - 2012-07-06 19:51

      Madise Paul, are you high on nyaope :)

      IcemanGP - 2012-07-06 20:00

      And in another country, our government would be shot for enriching themselves. But hey, we in Africa, catch a sense of humour twat.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-06 20:01

      In countries like Zimbobwe, Syria or Iran. But this is supposed to be an free country

      cassandra.e.olivier - 2012-07-06 21:30

      Zuma should not behave in away that would draw this kind of attention has far I am concerned he dug his own grave, he wants respect he must earn it. Well done Zapiro! I put a copy of the picture on my facebook.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-06 19:58

    Zuma got what he deserved you want people to treat you with respect you must earn it. He is a disgrace to this country. I put the picture on my facebook