Cartoon an insult to voters - ANC

2014-05-29 20:27

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.

  • Tshivhenga Ndou - 2014-05-29 20:30

    If the shoe fits!!!!

      Doug Isherwood - 2014-05-29 21:08

      Perfectly stated, I couldn't agree more...

      Godfrey Welman - 2014-05-29 21:24

      @Koos...what did you make of JZ comment "our people don't have a problem with Nkandla, only the clever people has a problem". So JZ's eyes you not so clever as you don't have a problem. lol

      Nico de Jongh - 2014-05-29 21:29

      Minister of this and minister of that... shove the pack and the head of police becomes a fundi in art and culture.. ministerial positions are suppose to be highly specialized .. not these corrupt clowns with our nr.1 at grade 5 and the poepholle are those who vote for these 'experts'..a cartoon too hard to

      Kelu Lamont - 2014-05-29 22:18

      @Koos Bekker ,you mean Nats-Nats or Nats-Cadres?

      Gideon Van Der Walt - 2014-05-30 10:14

      Here comes the start of the protection of information bill from that clown heading up the department of IS and the ANC! Watch the space.

      Yin Yang - 2014-05-30 10:31 reap what you sow...

      Peter Michael Staffen - 2014-05-30 11:50

      it not an insult to voters but to themselves so smile and take it , they planned the toyi-toyi by shipping people in

      Dunte Devante - 2014-05-30 12:03

      Lol not suprised to see my earlier comment deleted. Its the News24 way of doing things. The only people welcome on this forum are white loyalists and their biased opinions that count for absolutely nothing.

      Weetabix - 2014-05-30 15:30

      Democracy doesnt work everywhere. How can you expect intelligent selection and voting when I guarantee you that 99.99% of voters have not read the manifesto of all parties to see which one they agree with most. Most of you vote based on the colour of a logo and the foundation of your insecurity you have regarding your intelligence. Now that is retarded.

      Anele Bungane - 2014-05-30 16:41

      Under apartheid, News24 would have had a visit from the security police, slapped with banning orders, editor and staff imprisoned without trial and tortured. Some people take the freedom we have in this country for granted. Publications like Sowetan, The World, The Post, Rand Daily Mail and many others were banned by the WHITE minority apartheid government for this same reason, being critical of the government, yet whites kept voting for the Nats in large numbers.

      Johan D du Toit - 2014-05-30 20:15

      Koos Bekker is 'n boks!

      Gerald Nchabeleng - 2014-05-31 01:06

      at anele, you are right at tshuvenga and Koos, the irony is hilarious when you are white and black respectively. why not be bold? at alicia, for someone who also spouts pro DA sentiment it is a shame you portray such insensitivity to race issues, seeing that most of your da followers are black and i am sure have relatives that voted for the anc. does not come out nice to be black and vote in the same party with you. fortunately for me i did not. What this whole debacle proves is that 20 years is niot enough to mend race relations, i reckon we need another hundred years of affirmative action, bee, bbbee, bwo's, social grants and so on...if anything to spite a few people around these sites. ANC, I will not make the mistake of not voting for you again

      Oswald Tonkin - 2014-05-31 07:44

      Tshivhenga you so right, is it only blacks voting for the anc, and if there is whites Indians, colourdes how can there be racists undertones. It is really time for the anc to take the critic because your house is not in order and as you know yourself the only province govern with some success is the Western Cape, although you try to mess that up as well.

      Prince Thabo - 2014-06-01 14:20

      It's only the stupid who would argue the truth of the cartoon.

  • Lukas Ekisjouvaader - 2014-05-29 20:30

    Take a shower and get over it.

  • coswecanfly - 2014-05-29 20:31

    No you have it wrong. Voters and the ANC are an insult to South Africa.

      Omombo Mboko - 2014-05-29 21:39

      @coswecanfly - The majority spoke on the 7th and you still don't agree with them. Believe it or not, the ANC has another century coming. Sorry cousin!

      Jasper Sterling - 2014-05-29 22:31

      Not sure you can claim the majority of SA'ans any longer, but you can have 'majority of voters'; only 33% of the population, I believe the figure was, voted this space;)

      Jasper Sterling - 2014-05-29 22:55

      Haha ... Another century hey? Well let's wait n see, ANC are already a fair way down on that slippery slope of decline, and that's a one way trajectory...hmmm, anyone else smell that...something baking in the oven? Aaaah yes, unmistakable... Humble pie! One of my favorite dishes to serve; and It's going to be a big one, there are a lot of big mouths to feed;)

      Pierre Pretorius - 2014-05-30 06:40

      The ANC and its voters are the racists. This much has been proven. And believe it or not, the ANC will implode very, very soon. All criminals organizations do. Rule for a century...what an insult to our country.

      Mc Apple - 2014-05-30 07:38

      And people wonder how that cartoon was born. Hahahahaha. P.S. Nothing racist about it. In fact pretty truthful.

      Jacques Van Dyk - 2014-05-30 14:33

      Omo.. It is sad that after 20 years we still have a "majority" of idiots that don't see past the grants and the empty lies that they are fed. You are clearly one of them and humble pie is on your future menu.

  • David Webb - 2014-05-29 20:34

    How the hell can you claim racism? The cartoon depicts a bunch of clowns. Are all clowns now black? Get over yourselves. The cartoonist just drew and said exactly what the educated people of SA are thinking.

      5centsWorth - 2014-05-30 10:47

      I think clowns should find it offensive - at least they have the purpose of making people laugh in their profession

  • Chris Whittaker - 2014-05-29 20:34

    'Poephols' is unfair. You can't blame an uneducated person if they are told to vote ANC or they will lose their grant/house. Or the elderly that were shown fake ballots with an X next to the ANC and told how to vote. Clowns come in all colors. Its very sad when people play the race card instead of dealing with why certain people are called clowns.

      Rodney Overes - 2014-05-29 20:58

      I agree you cant call them POEPHOLS as a POEPHOL still has a USE. This caANCer has no use but to enrich themselves.

  • Israel - 2014-05-29 20:34

    I totally agree with the cartoon - the ANC will remain CLOWNS until they are voted out of politics

      Omombo Mboko - 2014-05-30 08:49

      Sorry Palestine, voted out of politics? No way. 100 more years Palestine.

  • Adrian Trimble - 2014-05-29 20:35

    Since when are politicians a race?

  • Mzwandile Jola Dlamanzi - 2014-05-29 20:37

    The level of arrogance our media houses currently possesses leaves much to be desired. Who and what we vote for is none of any individual in the country black and white. How do you even think of such a cartoon and worse a newspaper decides to publish such rubbish while theey should be proffessionals on their own right?

      Lukas Ekisjouvaader - 2014-05-29 20:42

      The root cause is the level of STUPIDITY combined with arrogance of leadership and the people that vote for them.

      Lukas Ekisjouvaader - 2014-05-29 21:01

      Musa, you don't even grasp the concept of racist. Stupidity has got nothing to do with race.

      Verbotene Liebe - 2014-05-29 21:22

      Jola is this Cartoon worser than the Leaders who steal from their own poor people??? Nothing is wrong with this cartoon, it tells the true story.

      I SAY - 2014-05-29 21:25

      Look at the bigger picture. This apps is one of MANY and this is a message by it self. Most SA does not see Zuma as their president and that includes some ANC members. That fact that the ANC party executives elected him as their president does not mean SA sees Zuma as their president and reflects on all platforms.

  • Adrian Trimble - 2014-05-29 20:39

    And to the 62% that endorse incompetence and corruption, what other word is there to best describe you? With "poephol" you got off lightly :)

      Rodney Overes - 2014-05-29 20:57

      I agree you cant call them POEPHOLS as a POEPHOL still has a USE. This caANCer has no use but to enrich themselves.

  • Musa N Thabethe - 2014-05-29 20:40

    Anger plus foolish= fool

  • Peter McNamara - 2014-05-29 20:43

    Corruption +idiot =Anc and zuma

  • Tina Butler - 2014-05-29 20:44

    Sometimes it take an insult to realize reality.

  • Carpenter - 2014-05-29 20:44

    If the shoe fits...

  • Chris En Madeleine Koekemoer - 2014-05-29 20:44

    speaking of racial undertones, what do you call bee and aa? not racial? seems to me race only matters when it suits anc. when a farm murder happens its "not racial" when jobs are being givin then all of a sudden race is important!

      dan.butler.7967 - 2014-05-29 22:29

      Black Lawyers Association. Not rascist?

  • Sandisele Zitha - 2014-05-29 20:47

    Didn't see the cartoon, but as I understand the description given, it all tells the truth. Maybe that's my "racist of opinion".

  • DeWet Du Plessis - 2014-05-29 20:50

    WTF? I didn't realise all clowns were black!

  • Michael Kelynack - 2014-05-29 20:51

    And my oh my how big those clown shoes are. Lol

  • Vaughan Johnson - 2014-05-29 20:55

    ANCs new Cabinet is an insult to voters

      Kagiso Justice Sedumedi - 2014-05-31 08:56

      which voters? DA? Whites?

  • BatongaBoro - 2014-05-29 20:55

    what troubles me deeply is that people are defending this cartoon as being "fact". no, it is not - it is the expression of an opinion. as loathe as i am to defend that ghastly little organization that is EWN, i do defend their right to express an opinion of any nature, just as i do everyone the same right. that does not mean i agree with it. those who agree with the opinion expressed in the cartoon have, of course, every right to do so. but they undermine their own intelligence and reason for doing so by claiming it is "fact".

      Grant Montgomery - 2014-05-30 12:06

      Batonga, in my opinion the cartoon is factual. Figure that out!

      Nico Steyn - 2014-05-30 15:00

      Grant you are my hero man! ha ha ha ha ha

  • Lwando Barayi - 2014-05-29 20:56

    Some people say I'm racist when I say," there is no reason for the ANC to try so hard to please the so called minorities". I am certain that this cartoonist is from the minority group and is directed to black people as they are generally known to vote ANC. Unfortunately the ANC want to be perfactionists of democracy. Critisizing these disrespectful incidents need actions not words. Wake up ANC, black people cannot continue suffering the indignity of being a scum of the minority.

      Mc Apple - 2014-05-30 12:40

      Then stop being such clowns.

      Patrick Gibson - 2014-05-30 22:36

      Then they need to start delivering to the SA public - and I mean all races.

      Burton Weakley - 2014-05-31 14:42

      If I told you that I write only with blue markers on a writing board and not a black one, does that make me racist? People are reading into this what their masters tell them too. People laughed at first, one person spots something racist and it sets off the rest. Wake up, the cANCer dropped food, housing promises and better service delivery, a few weeks in and people in Bloemhof have no suitable drinking water. I can tell you why that is, the cANCer. I can promise you one thing, anyone who has been up to Zim, Zambia and even worse the Congo, if you have seen those roads and living conditions I shudder to think what may happen to SA. We will be there soon, unless we can get the true racists out and a decent stable government. Lets hope so for 2019....

  • Ivan Overton - 2014-05-29 20:56

    Nice clipart News24! Does someone actually select the images you use to illustrate your articles, or are they selected randomly by a computer? I for one certainly can't tell for sure...

  • leon.vry - 2014-05-29 21:02

    Well said Lwando....cartoons express the thoughts of many .... also of those who are scared to mouth their real feelings and thoughts!

  • Dennis van Aarde - 2014-05-29 21:04

    the ANC is right we have freedom of speech but is not necessary to bad mouth a party please i am sure the ANC voters will not stoop so low and call parties voters names

      Jeffrey David Hamilton Walker - 2014-05-30 10:39

      Oh, But they do, or have you been asleep, how often has Zille been insulted, how often have whites been insulted for voting DA, how often have the whites been called racists for voting DA. CATCH A WAKE UP ! WHEN THE anc STARTS TREATING US ALL equally, in all respects, and STOP their disrespect and Racist towards whites and their supporters do the same, then we can live as equals, until then ENDURE !!

      Cafe-Ambivalence - 2014-05-30 12:35

      Not to mention the remarks about factual news being white people's lies...

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-05-29 21:05

    So... a protester whI protests a week after elections for lack of services is..... ?

  • Amlino Khoosal - 2014-05-29 21:06

    Its freedom of speech...if Malema can insult every other race...why cant ppl say their views in politics

      Jabulani Samuel - 2014-05-29 21:29

      This is not about Malema,why bringing Malema into this?racists were born racists and will never change they know themselves,even education won't help!

      Michael Wilson - 2014-05-29 22:31

      Jabulani, you are hilarious. You make a statement that a certain race is born with an in-built deficiency (racism) without the sense to realise that this statement fits exactly the dictionary definition of racism. You are so oblivious man.

      Cafe-Ambivalence - 2014-05-30 12:36

      Besides the fact that the cartoon insults key individuals (not because of their race, but because of their actions)

  • Andile Bozzar Novah Mbatha - 2014-05-29 21:11

    Why vote in a first place

      Michael Wilson - 2014-05-29 22:34

      To try to improve your life and the lives of those around you as much as possible. Not a good enough reason?

  • tess.boltar - 2014-05-29 21:18

    There was no insult to voters only to those who despite the ANC's blatant racism and proven corruption and inefficiency persist in voting for them

  • Warren Phillips - 2014-05-29 21:22

    "They must find it difficult, those that take authority as truth, instead of truth as the authority"

  • Sarel Sousmonster - 2014-05-29 21:23

    Didn't Zuma say that only people who didn't think wouldn't care about Nkandla? You get the government you deserve. I might add that I never found clowns funny

  • Peace Sol - 2014-05-29 21:23

    There's nothing wrong with that cartoon, infact it contextualises the political landscape of SA.

  • Louis van Ryneveld - 2014-05-29 21:25

    Of course it is insulting. It's like calling a bunch of morons "idiots"

  • Amlino Khoosal - 2014-05-29 21:29

    I have no faith in any of the parties...they all are thiefs and we all have our own views...ppl say other races must leave the when we have no money value. We have to just sit and watch our money get stolen and even if someone opens their mouths about how they feel they are then racist....its just idiotical behaviour.no1 stands for truth ...only for self enrichment...abner I am indian...I am neither black or white... so what do u say to that...its not bout colour anymore...its only about idiot goverment.go to the building in town of the the board..there is a letter addressed to thabohow Mandela says he is a disgrace...I dis their IT and u seen what Mandela stood for..what do these political parties want...except for wealth. ..go back and think all u idiots...

  • Siyabonga Mantshontsho - 2014-05-29 21:33

    @Donovan how would you know whether the guy knocking at your door voted ANC and by extension Zuma?

  • Nikki Dross - 2014-05-29 21:34

    #PEOHOLS.....Very funny.

  • Verbotene Liebe - 2014-05-29 21:34

    The cartoon tells the truth, nothing else, How can the people continue to vote for a corrupt, incompetent leaders like this??? we have high crime, higher unemployment and weak economy but people continue to vote for this??? It is the truth, masses are clueless about their country. They don't understand nothing.

  • Siyavuya Mavume - 2014-05-29 21:36

    Guys plz just what U promised Us to do stop chasing Cartoon,few years it was Nandos U feel offended last year FNB U felt also offended haaa!Where is Freedom Of Speech?No deliver maan.

  • Michael James David - 2014-05-29 21:39

    Its a cartoon wtf

  • Dale Hargreaves - 2014-05-29 21:43

    Funny how everyone is worried about a stupid cartoon but sqy little about the murder rape and violence that happens everyday. Maybe lets worry about important things not crap.

  • Truth.speak - 2014-05-29 21:44

    Nothing wrong with this cartoon, it is 100% the truth. That's why the ANC are whinging because the truth hurts

      Juanroux Stiffler Greyling - 2014-05-30 11:16

      yes Lindiwe that is such a good argument......forward thinking. that mentality solves so many problems and will definitely make SA a better country!!! Please.....

  • cj.keuler - 2014-05-29 21:52

    Who cares

  • paul.d.murison - 2014-05-29 22:00

    Cartoons charachters- ANC . Good one.

  • Hein Badenhorst - 2014-05-29 22:09

    Very nice you say? Without taking sides, all citizens of SA deserve to be treated the same. Yes, the cartoonist was inappropriate, but your comment even more!

  • Besen Barnard - 2014-05-29 22:09

    I am so tiredof the racists calling everything racist.

  • Hein Badenhorst - 2014-05-29 22:12

    Because one person drew a cartoon that is inappropriate you immediately label all people of that race. By doing that you are no better than this cartoonist.

  • Rantikwane David Legwale - 2014-05-29 22:23

    the spat resumes, the ruling party vs the media...

  • ryan.holland.395454 - 2014-05-29 22:31

    While the DA continue their efforts to become a truly multiracial party the ANC proudly proclaim that an insult against it is an insult against black people.

      Philani Nozulu - 2014-05-29 22:44

      Ryan u know and I know deep down that the DA is just faking this whole multi racial thing. It represents the white minority period

      ryan.holland.395454 - 2014-05-29 23:53

      That could have been true 15 years ago but no rational assessment of the party could now concluded that it only has white interest at heart; not from the actions on the ground or by the policies they espouse. You need to update your viewpoint as the evidence changes and stop parroting tired dogma.

      jungleboy - 2014-05-30 00:27

      Philani, deep down you probably know your ANC days are numbered becuause they keep faking service delivery and telling lies about Nkandla. It may take another few years but eventually your zombie voters will realise the sentimental Mandela clap trap propaganda your party spews won't educate their kids of feed them.

  • Khuli Remsy - 2014-05-29 22:34

    I hope U all know wat U up2

  • samsdairy.hermanus - 2014-05-29 22:49

    As far as I know we still have freedom of speech. That means if somebody makes a social comment that is their right to do so, no matter if certain people are offended. The whole point of the exercise is to make society think about certain issues.

      samsdairy.hermanus - 2014-05-30 08:31

      Even the ANC government has to abide by the constitution which gave us this freedom.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2014-05-29 22:57

    The ANC still doesn't know when to shut up. They always have to attract attention to these type of things. If they just ignored it, most people wouldn't even see it or comment on it.

  • Junaid Kamish - 2014-05-29 23:02

    Agree with the cartoon