Haffajee apologises to Zuma's daughter

2012-05-27 14:33

Johannesburg - City Press editor Ferial Haffajee on Sunday apologised for the hurt caused by the paper's publishing of a portrait of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, but refused to remove the image from the paper's website.

Haffajee addressed Zuma's daughter Duduzile in her column, saying: "I understand that what is a work of satire to me is a portrait of pain to you."

Zuma's children could face teasing as a result of the paper's actions.

"And if they and your dad saw the work in our pages and it caused harm, then I apologise from the bottom of my heart," she said.

"Would I publish the image again knowing what I do now? Probably not," she admitted, as the depiction of black genitals was still controversial in South Africa.

She had considered placing a "strategic flower" over the part of the image which had caused offence.

However, after the ANC called on its followers to boycott the paper, she changed her mind.

The ANC was no longer a party of ideas and debate. Rather, its leaders were pursuing their own ambitions, she said.

"I’d like to play my role, but if I respond to fear, insult, demands to remove an item of journalism, threats and intimidation, then what role will I be playing to make ours the best possible world for your little brothers and sisters, and all the children for whom we are making a future?" she asked.

  • Maya - 2012-05-27 14:41

    Well said Haffajee!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-27 14:47

      Mmm.... Trying to live in two worlds won't work Haffajee. You took the right stand - don't apologize.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-27 15:12

      Don't apologise for doing your job editor. ANd stop deleting posts news24

      Adam - 2012-05-27 15:45

      Read her letter in full. This was no apology, she was just scratching a whole lot of old wounds.

      Preshen - 2012-05-28 08:41

      If is was a portrait of Tony Leon will be called the “Swiss army knife of the nation”

  • TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-27 14:44

    What ever... most of Zuma's children are already ashamed of their father. AND those that arnt are singing Kill the Boer! I read a tweet which had one of his daughters state that the ANC must get more votes so that they could change the constitution! WTF? HE SHOWERED SO THAT HE WOULD NOT GET AIDS... How embarrassing is that! HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR WOMAN! PERIOD! This nation has no respect for him! His children should rally with this nation to stop Zuma's/ANC's dictatorship!

      Adam - 2012-05-27 15:26

      Repeating what it heard at home.

      upumba - 2012-05-27 15:29

      Tsotsi - you are an idiot mate, really you are

      rbphiri - 2012-05-27 15:35

      His kids have been spear headed in the wrong direction.

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-27 15:38

      upumba- Firstly I am not your "mate." Secondly... instead of saying I am an idiot without giving a reason is somewhat pathetic!

      Kgomotso - 2012-05-27 17:05

      if marrying more than one wife is the reason for saying Zuma has no respect for women then you are an idiot. Much as Zuma is the first president to have more than one wife polygamy is not a new thing, it is a common practice, real and alife. Second point is people are overlooking the fact that is amongst Zuma`s wives there are no minors those women are fully grownups and they were not under duress to marry Zuma it is a conscious decision, they have no problem being there

  • tobydt - 2012-05-27 14:44

    Meanwhile, after the ANC called for the 'boycotting' of City Press, the paper sold out the weekend.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-27 15:39

      Now she also sold out by apologizing on radio. Earlier on I asked scientists and astronomers if we can use the SKA telescope to find intelligent life form in parliament, the general consensus is that I have higher chances finding ET, Unicorns and leprechauns...but wait a minute isnt an honest politician another mythical creature?

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-05-27 14:51

    Malema and zuma is busy drowning...who gets saved? ......south africa!

  • Shane Loxton - 2012-05-27 14:57

    where was this same Family and their aggrieved comments and statements when showerhead zuma was being charge for Rape?

      rbphiri - 2012-05-27 16:04

      Ironically looking at art work at the Goodman Gallery...paintings which i hear actually depicts the real size of the man's spear.

      Kgomotso - 2012-05-27 17:13

      where have you been not to know. It was in the public domain that one of Nkosazana Dlamini`s children is going through counselling and therapy to help her to cope with the trauma.

  • william.bromehead - 2012-05-27 14:59

    this picture should never have been shown in a gallery it is demeaning and an insult to many black south Africans what is the matter with these people

      rbphiri - 2012-05-27 15:48

      william.bromehead by head I presume you able to think rationally. In all honesty most blacks, including myself would disagree! We are fed up with corruption and taxation schemes which are merely aimed at flooding the deep pockets of overweight politicians, with highly exaggerated d*ck sizes. This is far from insult, this is the truth. If a donkey behaves like an ass that it is, are you than going to say its a horse? In all honesty nobody wants their private parts exposed as if we are in the garden of Eden, but Zuma lost his right to dignity prior to this painting. And am I going to say sorry for my comment...well you have higher chances finding an honest politician than hearing sorry from me

      Tugwana - 2012-05-28 10:18

      It's a great concern to morally correct South Africans on what kind society are we becoming? Irrespective of whether the artwork showed Zuma or not, it is an insult to men who respect their manhood. It's shocking that pornographic material disguised as art is promoted here! Men and women who drool over a nude pic of 'supposedly' J Zuma will do well to limit their fantasies within their bedroom walls and laptops, but not on a public platform. Ferial Haffajee has helped them fulfill their perverted fantasies.

  • donald.perumal - 2012-05-27 15:03

    @ Ferial Haffajee I can't understand your reasoning,yes you caused hurt,yes you thought of placing a strategic flower but you refuse to do this because the ANC is boycotting your paper. A little infantile aren't you.At this juncture one would be forced to balance freedom of the press,feelings of those that are hurt and ask yourself: Is extending and realising freedom of expression enough to pay for the unreasonable hurt caused to those you want to enjoy that freedom. After all Zuma and his family are the very people you want to enjoy this freedom. Right? You have to understand it is just not a painting!Its more than that!!!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-27 15:13

      Feelings? My feelings are hurt by this excuse for a president each day as he continues to ruin this country.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-27 15:27

      It's a painting depicting the president as he is perceived. If he does not like it, all he has to do is behave with more decorum. What did his family think when he made Khoza's daughter pregnant, or when he was accused of rape? Or when it emerged that there were more children that first thought? Or when he decided to marry for the 6th time? I think it's a lot of hot air. They all know what their dad is all about - after all, they have known him all their lives and have been exposed to his shenanigans for a long time.

      markdoubleu - 2012-05-28 09:13

      Hang on, Donald. You want to balance the emotional 'distress' (that I personally believe was noting but a manipulative attempt to influence opinion) of one family against the right of an entire nation to access information freely and uncensored? Don't be daft.

  • stephen.cole1 - 2012-05-27 15:14

    I bet the ANC would love to have the powers of North Korea , Zimbabwe and China right now !

  • Andre - 2012-05-27 15:27

    Big mistake. Did Zuma take the feelings of his daughter into account when he married several wives and made a few non-wives pregnant? Or, is that okay with his children although a painting is terribly wrong!

      Bruce - 2012-05-28 00:15

      Did he take his extended family's feelings into account when he had unprotected sex with a HIV positive woman, and then going home to his family exposing them to the risk? oh, sorry, we forgot the shower.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-27 15:29

    Where do you draw the line now Farial? Do you now apologise every time someone gets embarrassed when a family member ends up in your paper for something that embarrasses them? This seems completely out of character that you have buckled because the Chief has asked his followers to boycott your newspaper've let the bullies win!

      Dee - 2012-05-27 20:16

      Saying "I'm sorry that you are hurting" is never weakness imo, and in my experience, empathy, "hearing people", and apology takes strength and is powerful. As to "letting bullies win" - how do you figure she's done that if the matter of removing the pic still remains with the courts?

      Nicholas - 2012-05-27 21:26

      My comment refers to the bullies winning (by forcing an apology) after calling on people to boycott the City Press. What is going on in the courts is irrelevant. No one would argue your point about apologies, the point I am making is where do you draw the line. Family members of people exposed in the media on a daily basis (for fraud, rape, murder etc etc) are caused huge embarrassment. She going to apologise to them too going forward?

      Dee - 2012-05-28 06:48

      Nicholas - I follow your logic, although have difficulty equating hurt over criminality vs hurt over a culturally offensive painting. There is a 'moral highground' difference surely - and although I have a "western" appreciation for satire and parody, I think we could all do well to adopt some 'humanity' and cultural difference respect on the matter.

  • Adam - 2012-05-27 15:30

    Reading between the lines she told him to go to hell, in such a way that he enjoys the journey. I did not know that he enriched his daughter to such an extent.

  • Abrham - 2012-05-27 15:33

    ms. haffejee you and wee julius should mate, the child will be born with a forked tongue - sorry ol gal, they have sqeeuzed your 'balls'

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-27 16:09

    Why is Mr Zuma's children not unhappy about Ayanda Mabulu's painting of their father? Is it just because Brett Murray is white?

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-27 16:18

      Yes, you hit the nail on the head that's why they playing the race card.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-27 16:30

      You know why his making a fuss about the painting this time around? look the erections...sorry meant to say elections...was spear headed in the wrong direction there. Look the elections are around the corner, Zuma is making a fuss so that people can feel sorry for him, and through this he can clearly see by the show of support from his supporters what his chances are of being re-elected. Thus through this he can also see who is not supporting him, example through marches and going with him to court hearins.

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-28 00:52

      @Adil, you hit the nail on the head!!!!LOL!

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-27 16:16

    I work in a book shop and people are still buying the City Press black people and white people so much for boycotting it. If Zuma didnt put himself in that position he would not have been painted with his gentiles exposed. He is what the painting says he is a womanizer and a cheat

      Bulelwa - 2012-05-27 23:14

      Genitals and Gentiles are two different words with different meanings which is why I personally think people are too emotion when comes to comments.

      Bulelwa - 2012-05-27 23:14

      Genitals and Gentiles are two different words with different meanings which is why I personally think people get too emotion when comes to comments.

  • - 2012-05-27 16:24

    they deserve an apology. zuma's children cannot be subjected to such. but i guess they're being punished for the sins of their father.

      Adil Smit - 2012-05-27 16:45

      Have you seen Ayanda Mabulu's painting? Is that not even more offensive?

      Bruce - 2012-05-28 00:17

      zuma should apologize to them!

  • Schmee - 2012-05-27 16:28

    I think Zuma should apologise to all the citizens of this country for being a polygamist and fathering so many children which we the tax payers are now obliged to sponsor. If he kept his pants zipped then none of this would have happened.

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-05-27 16:37

      If Zuma had any respect for the people of this nation he would have stepped down as president instead of letting the taxpayer pay for his wives and children

      Iceberg - 2012-05-27 16:57

      You are absolutely right Schmee. Mondli Makhanya in this article says polygamy is not part of Black culture in fact it is frowned upon. A sentiment that was echoed by a Zimbabwean friend.

      Kgomotso - 2012-05-27 17:21

      what wrong with polygamy if no one is forced to be in it and in this case all those women want to be there. Sonono Ervin Khoza`s daughter is still crying out loud for Zuma to ask for her hand. Polygamy is a choice and those who choose to be in it are not disrespected

      Adil Smit - 2012-05-27 17:26

      Kgomotso - polygamy for womdn ok as well?

      Adil Smit - 2012-05-27 17:27


      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-27 18:00

      Yaaaaay! So I'm not the only one that thinks he brought this upon himself! Thank you!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-27 18:04

      @kgomotso, when each and every wife, car, bodyguard, house, holiday, tissue box and whatever else is paid for by the people. You can be darn sure it has everything to do with the people of South Africa. And there's talk of another 2 waiting in the wings?

      Schmee - 2012-05-27 20:47

      Kgomotso, have you ever taken off your patriarchic blinkers and put yourself in the women’s shoes? Sorry but there are plenty of cases where the women have not been happy with it.

      Schmee - 2012-05-27 21:01

      Thank you for that info Iceberg. I wish people would stop putting it down to African culture. Even white people are defending it as African culture, which is ridiculous in today’s age.

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-28 00:59

      Cassandra, he cannot, from where will he then steal the money to support them? Remember Schabir is dead sick and there is not any backdoor money coming into his account, so Bloomer will want to stay and that chair for as long as he can.

      Tugwana - 2012-05-28 09:24

      There is no legal or moral basis for Pres Zuma to apologise. It is his life and he doesn't need anyone's permision to do so. As for tax money sponsoring his children, can you please proof that. Haffajee's apology came well-in too late. As a sane man I find it shocks me that there are a lot of men out there who regard nudity displayed on public platform as appropriate. A male reproduction organ is private and should be treated as such, but should not be published in that manner without censor.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-27 17:21

    Well said and done Mrs Haffajee! Don't give in to the bullies from Lutuli house!

  • Keith - 2012-05-27 17:40

    Haffajee put a flower growing from his poepsak please.Dont get shaky and scared of the ANC publish what you have to publish

  • friklinde - 2012-05-27 17:55


  • rory.short1 - 2012-05-27 18:31

    I guess Brett Murray did not realise how his picture of JZ would be interpreted at a visceral level by many people in this country, nor I guess did Ferial Haffajee and hence its publication by her newspaper. I have never seen the picture myself but I too did not realise that there would be such a visceral response to it, a response which has quite obscured the intended politically satirical message. That is most unfortunate because the satirical message nevertheless remains true. The current leadership of the ANC has through much of their behaviour clearly lost touch with the ideals upheld by previous generations of ANC leaders much to the loss of all of us including themselves.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-27 18:53

    Zuma the lying thieving corrupt lecherous philandering prick that he is must apologise to South Africa his wives kids and the oke whose daughter he put up the spout for bringing the Presidency into disrepute !!

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-28 01:06

      Gerald, good point but as kenny say, zoomer will not read this, he first need to establish a investigation into what you wrote, then have it analysed in ZULU but he still would not understand. Remember he just asked the people to learn their native language instead of English!

  • Slim - 2012-05-27 21:18

    you go gal... but that will still hurt the kids...

  • Mlondolozi - 2012-05-28 00:05

    She did a good thing to apologize.

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-28 01:12

      are you still drunk from friday's nite skombohti!

  • Tugwana - 2012-05-28 09:37

    There is no legal or moral basis for Pres Zuma to apologise. It is his life and he doesn't need anyone's permision to do so. As for tax money sponsoring his children, can anyone susstantiate that! Haffajee's apology came well-in too late. As a sane man I find it shocking that there are a lot of men out there who regard nudity displayed on public platforms as appropriate. A male reproduction organ is private and should be treated as such, and should not be published in that manner without censor. Underage boys & girls will have easy access to such. What society are we building if nude artwork is published without limitations on newpapers. Does Haffajee (and anyone who's drooling of this pic) feed own kids with nude pics showing human prv parts? I doubt so, and then you all hypocrites!

  • maureen.botes2 - 2012-05-28 10:33

    I raise my hat to Ferrial Haffajee. You walk where others fear to tread.

  • bianca.k.sims - 2012-05-28 16:00

    Ahhh which daughter??? He seems to have tribes of wives....therefore kids!!

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