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Malema's use of shower head ironic: Zapiro

2011-12-19 10:11

Johannesburg - Suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's use of a showerhead gesture is ironic, said cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro in The Star on Monday.

"The irony is that Malema has come from a place so deeply embedded in the Zuma camp and [now] he's attacking him using the shower device," said Shapiro - more commonly known by his pen-name of Zapiro.

On Saturday, at the ANC's Limpopo conference, Malema joined in the singing of anti-Zuma songs which proclaimed "showara wa re sokodisa" (the shower man is giving us a hard time). He also held his hand over his head to represent a shower.

Malema is currently appealing a five-year suspension from the party after he was found to have brought the party in disrepute.

Zapiro first depicted Zuma with a shower during his rape trial in 2006 after Zuma told the court that he had showered to protect himself from infection after having unprotected sex with an HIV positive woman.

He later apologised for the comment.

Zapiro said that the showerhead image continued to hold potency in public culture.

"Whichever faction has something against Zuma might pick it up regardless of whether they had earlier poured scorn on the original showerhead."

Zapiro said that he had heard the showerhead was used by some deaf people in sign language to represent Zuma.

He said he had also heard of an incident whereby a visiting hip hop artist, who, when asked who the president of South Africa was, replied that "it is some guy with a shower on his head".

Zapiro said he planned to create a cartoon based on Malema's shower gesture.

In July this year the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities said it was "saddened" by the "gutter attack" on Zuma by Zapiro's continued depiction of him with a shower on his head.

"It is culturally, religiously and linguistically unprecedented to attack each other on the basis of a forgiven past," the commission's chief executive Pheagane Moreroa said in an open letter to Zapiro at the time.

"This type of gutter attack on a president duly and democratically elected by a handsome majority of the people of South Africa does not contribute to nation building and social cohesion, which is a constitutional ideal."

Zuma is suing Zapiro for R5m for the way he has been depicted by the cartoonist.

Comments
  • Ron - 2011-12-19 10:19

    Will Zuma be sueing Malema for R5 mill ?

      derekneilmaclachlan - 2011-12-19 10:21

      I doubt it....I think Malema has something on Zuma that we dont know about!!

      Atholl - 2011-12-19 10:49

      Zapiro will be suing Malema for Copyright infringement.

      Andrew - 2011-12-19 10:52

      Malema will pay in cash!!

      Hans - 2011-12-19 12:56

      If Malema gets away with this, then Zapiro should get away with it as well.

      MduXman - 2011-12-19 17:07

      Malema will organise a tender to pay Zapiro should he sue

  • malcolm - 2011-12-19 10:24

    Very funny this incident. For once I can giggle at one of Malemas utterances.

  • mike.clery - 2011-12-19 10:31

    ..the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities...the commission's chief executive Pheagane Moreroa said "This type of gutter attack on a president duly and democratically elected by a handsome majority of the people of South Africa does not contribute to nation building and social cohesion, which is a constitutional ideal." Are they going to write an open letter to Malema, like the one they wrote to Zapiro?

      Thandiwe - 2011-12-19 11:16

      Do you think he'll understand it? They are known to use big words.....

  • Ben - 2011-12-19 10:32

    This sends a clear message to all young people. You dont have to respect the president. Discipline does not belong in the A.N.C. How can they allow him to stay a member of theorganisation?

      STYLEbudd - 2011-12-19 10:42

      Agree with Ben - why was he even allowed to attend the conference?

      Sean - 2011-12-19 19:27

      @ Ben - That is exactly what the ANCYL stands for !

  • pieterla - 2011-12-19 10:33

    Shower Zapiro with praise!

      Angus - 2011-12-19 12:38

      HAHAHAHAHAHAH Very, very good!!!

      Norah - 2011-12-19 20:30

      Excellent! very witty!

  • Johan - 2011-12-19 10:39

    Zapiro is currently the best satirical cartoonist is this country and the fact that Zuma is suing him, shows a lack of sense of humor by Showerhead

      Hans - 2011-12-19 12:59

      Hence the need for the information protection bill or whatever.This bill will prevent people like Zapiro from penning polictical cartoons.It is a huge shame as I do enjoy his cartoons.Very funny and educational at the same time.

      Norah - 2011-12-19 20:32

      Zuma is your president, whether you like it or not..show some respect, if not for the person, at least for the office he holds!

      Piet - 2011-12-20 01:32

      @Nora, he shouldn't be in this office, he should be in jail. He is the partner (in a general corrupt relationship) of Shaik, that was convicted of fraud with Zuma. How can you expect anyone to respect him? He defames the Office of the President.

  • STYLEbudd - 2011-12-19 10:41

    If Malema is suspended why is he allow to do such stuff at the ANC conference. One would think under these circumstances he wouldnt be allowed to attend with his record of talking out of turn and disrespecting the very people that fought for his freedom! Then again its the ANC - what can u expect!

      Piet - 2011-12-19 10:47

      HE is not suspended yet! Waiting for the appeal process....

      Ben - 2011-12-19 10:49

      Could be a Limpopo A.N.C. and a Gauteng A.N.C. One different from the other.

  • Mannie777 - 2011-12-19 10:44

    Zuma is the dumbest leader SA has EVER seen. The "shower incident" will always be a symbol of this. Somehow I think Zuma still dont know why he had to apologise for that comment!

      Deeteem - 2011-12-19 10:53

      That is why the word "a$$hole" is associated with this eneducated herd boy !!

      Norah - 2011-12-19 20:34

      I think Verwoerd was the dumbest leader SA and the world had EVER seen!

      Piet - 2011-12-20 01:35

      @Nora, you might be right, but Zuma is giving a good run for his money.

  • George - 2011-12-19 10:44

    Is the pot calling the kettle black or the kettle calling the pot black

      Thandiwe - 2011-12-19 11:19

      Hahahahaha Irukandji, George you are taking this in the tongue and cheek way it was meant I hope!!

      Perfume - 2011-12-19 11:48

      @Irukandji...ROTFLAMO!!!!!!!!

      Shane - 2011-12-19 12:39

      It's the black calling the pot, kettle.

      Piet - 2011-12-20 01:37

      @Irukanu, LOL, The pot and the kettle is part of the Rainbow Kitchen Utensils.

  • Piet - 2011-12-19 10:46

    a president duly and democratically elected...I cannot remember seeing his face on a ballot?

  • Gungets - 2011-12-19 10:48

    Let's see. Accidentally spill a drink, which MISSES the president (lower case intentional) - R10,000.00 fine. ---> Show the presidents convoy the middle finger - get arrested and harassed for hours. -----> Fail to move out of the way for ANY blue light convoy and get forced off the road, actually driven into and shot at. ---> At a sanctioned ANC congress, stand up, sing songs about the man that 18 months ago you would die for, call him a rapist, and .... nothing happens. Is it just me that sees double standards?

      colin.dovey - 2011-12-19 11:05

      The R120 000 Zuma has had to pay on outstanding rentals is just retribution....but his final Nemesis WILL be Julius, who is now out of control, and cannot be disciplined by a totally disorganised ANC - can't even get the bills paid in Limpopo....ironic...that where WHO comes from?

      Terry - 2011-12-19 13:33

      Don't talk about 'double standards' - this lot don't have any standards!

  • lebo.lathane - 2011-12-19 10:49

    LOL! Comical politics of SA..."the showerhead was used by some deaf people in sign language to represent Zuma." I'm floored...hehehe....

  • Kogie - 2011-12-19 11:05

    this is south africa.when malema sings songs to offend people, its ok. some pop gruop sings about malema, he is up in arms about it.now that he his degrading the sex president of south africa lets see what happens.

  • Garth - 2011-12-19 11:10

    "It is culturally, religiously and linguistically unprecedented to attack each other on the basis of a forgiven past," - obviously only when it suits the purposes of the ineptocrats. Lets see the ignorants from the anc forgiving and forgetting.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-19 11:13

    The shower head cartoon is forever - LOL

  • Tsheko - 2011-12-19 11:19

    malema is the man

      donald.perumal - 2011-12-19 16:28

      Yeah for corruption and biiiiiiiggggg tenders in Limpopo!

  • Henning - 2011-12-19 11:20

    I just wish there were more cartoonists with Zapiro's wit and balls.....

  • Goolam - 2011-12-19 11:35

    what a circus!!! this is true expose of South African 'democratic' politics. Zapiro is a cartoonist and expressed his thoughts as he saw it...why sue the man?

  • Bob - 2011-12-19 11:36

    Just shows how quickly this turd will jump ship to further his own aspirations!

  • lawson.lutchman - 2011-12-19 11:38

    I hope I am planting a seed here, but Malema, take a page from the COPE book and start your own party...so the stuck fuddy duddys you don't need them

  • bruce.boome - 2011-12-19 11:41

    It is all part of press freedom for the press to use easily identifiable characteristics to tag public figures in cartoons- whether it is a large nose, big ears (Piet Koornhof anyone?) or something that person is associated with. President Zumas' shower remarks are on public record, and therefore fair game for the cartoonist’s art. I sincerely hope that Mr. Shapiro wins this case, and is not bludgeoned by the huge resources of the state. Viva press freedom, Viva.

      Piet - 2011-12-20 01:43

      I just wonder if the new Protection Of State Corruption bill will shut up Zapiro

  • Andrew - 2011-12-19 11:43

    Is the ANC circus starting to run wild, Showerhead ringmaster is out of town again and nobody seems to care where all the donkeys are as it is almost Christmas.

  • donald.perumal - 2011-12-19 11:45

    Hi All Malema's use of the " shower head " gesture shows he is devoid of a single moral fibre or principle.And we have this guy at the heart of a proposed new govt for SA.Clearly those that are angling to take over from Zuma are sliding into the morass that is corrupt African Politics. They shout Nationalization,Tribalism,Tenders for pals,duplicate ballots at a printing press near you,poison political opponents,..............each Man has his price!!!!! When are you going to wake up, SA?

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-19 11:45

    I wander if his followers will do whatever he does. This man is very selfish and whatever he does is for his own course in disguise of the masses and he elevated Zuma for his personal reasons. Now he wants to elevate another yes man in Motlanthe and he will continue with his self enrichment expedition. Malema lacks political ethics and ethos and I wander people still follow him. Herd behaviour at its best.

  • Perfume - 2011-12-19 11:46

    Can't wait to see what Zapiro comes up with.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-19 11:47

    I wander if his followers will do whatever he does. This man is very selfish and whatever he does is for his own course in disguise of the masses and he elevated Zuma for his personal reasons. Now he wants to elevate another yes man in Motlanthe and he will continue with his self enrichment expedition. Malema lacks political ethics and ethos and I wander people still follow him. Herd behaviour at its best.

      lukman.akinwande - 2011-12-19 12:06

      Tshivhombela, wander means to roam or to walk about not knowing what you want or looking for. In your article, you are supposed to use WONDER and NOT WANDER! get some lessons genius.

      Garth - 2011-12-19 12:14

      l.a - you should not be throwing so many stones from that glass house that you live in.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-19 13:28

      I wouldn't be surprised by your grammatical corrections on my comment as it is influenced by your personal vendatta towards me and I hope you still remember why. That 'wander' that you are referring to never disrupted an intended meaning of the comment. My brother, if my comment about the Nigerians perpetuating drug smuggling into the country makes you bitter with me then you got it wrong because I still stand by that comment.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-19 13:29

      I wouldn't be surprised by your grammatical corrections on my comment as it is influenced by your personal vendatta towards me and I hope you still remember why. That 'wander' that you are referring to never disrupted an intended meaning of the comment. My brother, if my comment about the Nigerians perpetuating drug smuggling into the country makes you bitter with me then you got it wrong because I still stand by that comment.

      Piet - 2011-12-20 01:51

      I wander if his followers will do whatever he does. Nothing wrong with this. It means he will leave (wander away) if his followers does whatever he does. Perfect grammar.

  • Desiree - 2011-12-19 11:52

    Why has it taken Zuma so long to sue Zapiro, the showerhead has been around for a very long time.....??

  • Thabo - 2011-12-19 11:53

    Nxa! Sueing Zapiro for what? Was it not relevant then (the cartoon) and why did Zapiro have to apologize? "Forgiven" but not "Forgotten" past! People don't forget that easily and this was and never has been about race! It was purely based on the actions of an individual.

  • lukman.akinwande - 2011-12-19 12:01

    my worry is Juju seems not to be moved by all the sanctions against him. he still goes ahead to insulting the number one citizen of the country! The president deserve some respect man.

  • Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-19 12:29

    I wish 1 brave journilst ask zuma that out of all his cartoon which 1 had more meaning than the rest. I wonder which 1 will he choose

  • PaasHaas - 2011-12-19 12:30

    News coverage of the tiny tots celebrating Cassel's victory waving their hands above their heads was hilarious. Sort of reminded me of a National Geographic documentary about the behaviour of orang outangs, the hand actions were very similar.

  • Kevin - 2011-12-19 12:43

    Democratically elected by the majority .HA HA and all they got was a shower head and an ancyl mistake for a leader. They wasted there vote and continue to vote for the very people that lead an organization filled with corruption, fraud and theft. Yip ,that's how democracy is meant to work.

  • Blade - 2011-12-19 12:51

    Brain dead versus brain fart.

      Arvin - 2011-12-19 19:32

      thats sharp.

  • Piet - 2011-12-19 13:13

    Nothing original can come from mal emma. Sad to see this clown is even nominated as a leader by those non-thinking ones.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2011-12-19 13:36

    it shall come you over mr zuma to think you were made by these idiots thats disrespecting you now how sad

  • brett.susan - 2011-12-19 14:09

    The president wasn't elected by the 'people'...he was elected by his party

  • mmatau - 2011-12-19 14:19

    wonder if zuma will sue everyone that's singing the 'shower head song'...

      Arvin - 2011-12-19 19:33

      by that time the water will dry out. he is ageing

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2011-12-19 14:27

    Zuma is suing Zapiro for R5m for the way he has been depicted by the cartoonist. Just so that he has money to play with when he is kicked out of the goverment, Well it will at least buy him some condoms

  • Mbeko - 2011-12-19 14:55

    chicken coming back home to shower... i mean roost...*sigh*

      Arvin - 2011-12-19 19:34

      suspect fowl play. poultry act

  • Bert - 2011-12-19 15:13

    Flowingriver are you a Red Indian i.e. native North American? What is a 'sho dem'? You illiterate piece of garbage! Your comment says it all about your lack of foresight and education.

      des.maartens - 2011-12-19 23:08

      To be fair Bert, is Flowingriver using sarcastic, tongue in cheek type commenting when he says 'sho dem'. Perhaps Flowingriver will clarify.

      Bert - 2011-12-22 16:57

      come on Des, supporting Malema says it all.

  • Leon - 2011-12-19 17:18

    Zapiro was never sued for shower head characterization, it was the cartoon that depicted Zuma raping lady justice, I hope you educated people will appreciate why he sued, and of cause he has the right to do so, just as much as Zapiro will have an opportunity to justify himself...

  • Leon - 2011-12-19 17:26

    I don't mind anyone's opinion, but when people make their opinion distorting facts, and you have a lot of people joining in and no one getting to even scratch the surface of the fact... We can conclude that stupity reigns supreme in such a forum... Taking nothing away from the humor that is there...

  • vernon.lever - 2011-12-19 17:45

    So......Zuma must now sue Malema......thats only fair...right?

  • Joy - 2011-12-19 17:59

    hahahahahah you gotta love it!!!

  • Americo - 2011-12-19 18:20

    I remember when Vorster was depicted as being flushed down a toilet by Franco Frescura.He was immediately declared a stateless person and had his passport confiscated. That clearly has not happened here (Yet) - What is the big deal with the shower head - If the cap fits wear it.

      Norah - 2011-12-19 20:48

      how easily we forget or choose to forget!

  • Shoe - 2011-12-19 19:10

    I noted with sadness that Justice Malala in his latest column, acknowledging and thanking South Africa's patriots, omitted Zapiro. South Africa would be an angry, cold, & sad place without this icon. I thank him much for continuously putting and keeping the smile on South Africa's face even during the most shameful of times. As when Showerhead, again let his zip down, to sleep with and impregnate his best friend's daughter.....

      Arvin - 2011-12-19 19:35

      The shoe does not fit. so he doesnt wear them. Shameless.

      Shoe - 2011-12-19 20:05

      Does'nt fit because its too big or too small. My hunch is 'toooooo big'...the guy's old everything is shrivelled.

  • Johann - 2011-12-19 21:08

    Wonder what mr Pheagane Moreroa comment will be about mr Mall emma now also taking to the plumbing. Isay mr Zapiro what of a cartoon of our highly educated wood working friend , bucket for a head wood plane for a mouth wood rasp for a nose just some ideas ,and fixing a shower head you know where

  • Cynthia - 2011-12-20 09:51

    Peace and quiet for a few weeks and now it starts all over again.

  • Patrick - 2011-12-20 10:16

    The issue of showing respect for the president is repeatedly raised which baffles me. This load of bulls%^t about according respect to the "high office" he holds is farcical. Respect is EARNED, and does not come automatically with the office you hold. Zuma wriggled his way out of corruption charges with Shabir Shaik, is grossly permissive with his numerous wives and mistresses, knowingly has intercourse with a HIV positive woman, fathers countless children both in and out of wedlock, the list goes on and on. And we are expected to respect him? Pleeeeeeeese!

  • logansrest - 2011-12-20 11:07

    Zapiro, you might be walking close to the line BUT you are making a strong statement about important matters. Being sued for the truth... well what can one say - "they" still keep pointing fingers at the past and that is ok??!!