Jesus cartoon: pastor calls for rights probe

2012-06-12 00:00

ACTION needs to be taken against the artist behind the controversial video in which Jesus learns he is Shangaan and commits suicide.

This is reportedly the view of a preacher in Johannesburg who is one of a few people who have lodged a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

Steven Ngobeni was quoted in the Cape Times saying: “I feel the cartoon is a disgrace to the Shangaan people and it attacks the Christian faith.”

He said the video suggested that to be Shangaan was to be less of a human being.

“We need to embrace each other. We need to accept each other. [Mdu] Ntuli must be taken to task,” he said.

A spokesperson for the SAHRC, Vincent Moaga, told The Witness yesterday that the commission was still receiving complaints and would decide later whether to investigate.

“I cannot say how many complaints we have received exactly, but there have been more than five,” Moaga said.

The YouTube video in which Jesus commits suicide after learning he is not related to God, and is in fact Shangaan, was created by Johannesburg-based Mdu Comics.

Speaking to The Witness last week, Ntuli said he did not understand why people had been offended, saying he was highlighting “ridiculous township stereotypes”.

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