Sanef: Zuma's Zapiro lawsuit shocking

2010-12-14 22:45

Johannesburg - The SA National Editors' Forum said on Tuesday that it was "shocked" by President Jacob Zuma's decision to sue Avusa Media for R5m for Zapiro's Lady Justice rape cartoon.

Zuma started proceedings against Avusa, cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro and former Sunday Times editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya in a summons issued in the South Gauteng High Court on Friday.

The cartoon, depicting Zuma preparing to rape Lady Justice, was published on September 7 2008.

The president, who was acquitted of a rape charge in 2006, was shown loosening his trousers while ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe look on, saying: "Go for it, boss."

The president said the cartoon was degrading and left him feeling humiliated. He was demanding R4m from Avusa, Makhanya and Shapiro and a further R1m for damaging his reputation.

Claim 'excessively high'

Sanef's deputy chairperson Raymond Louw said: "Sanef believes that it is surprising that the president waited more than two years before instituting his complaint on the grounds that in one instance he had been humiliated and degraded by the cartoon and in another instance that his reputation had been damaged.

"The amount of the claim is also excessively high."

Louw said Sanef noted that the content of the cartoon had been debated by the Human Rights Commission which exonerated the paper and Zapiro, stating that the issues raised by the cartoon were in the public domain.

"In light of the above, Sanef is deeply concerned at the chilling effect inordinately large claims for damages on ground of defamation can have on the publication of cartoons which employ satire to comment on issues of public interest involving public personalities such as politicians and, in particular, government leaders.

"Sanef has also noted that President Zuma has brought a number of earlier defamation actions against newspapers and the cartoonist which appear not to have been taken further but which continue to have an intimidatory effect on publication.

"The latest action, too, especially as a result of the lengthy time taken to lodge it against the newspaper, will be seen as having an intimidatory effect on the Sunday Times and the media as a whole."

Sunday Times: Lawsuit unexpected

The Presidency did not want to comment to The Times and were not immediately available when Sapa tried to get comment on Tuesday morning.

Sunday Times attorney Eric van der Berg said the lawsuit was unexpected.

"We are surprised to receive this almost two years down the track. That is all we have to say at this stage."

Sunday Times editor Ray Hartley said it was "sad" that a political figure "can sue over a cartoon".

Shapiro told The Times that he "fully" stood behind his cartoon and the views expressed in it.

"I will not allow the president to intimidate me," he said.

  • Johan Burger - 2010-12-14 23:10

    It's Zuma's right to sue for defamation of character. They (the press) had their laugh - now it's his turn!

      Howzitekse - 2010-12-15 01:08

      Agreed, I feel the press showed a lack of class and gave JZ a raw deal. Lets see what the courts say. I like Zapiro, and the anti-apartheid stance he took. As for the rest, Freedom of speach does not give every monkey who can work a keyboard the right to degrade and dehumanise somebody. Show some class.

      AJ - 2010-12-15 06:50

      @ AJ - I'm AJ....

      Jan - 2010-12-15 07:30

      truth is a solid defense for defamation

      Judge DREAD - 2010-12-15 07:36

      Im pretty sure you dont even live in South Africa Johan for saying crap like that. Do you have any clue as to what this precious president gets up to at the expense of the nation? EVERYONE knows Zuma is guilty, now you want to defend him. Two years later?...Zuma has obviously run out of schemes to raid the public coffer.

      green_goblin - 2010-12-15 08:38

      Aj meet AJ

      Howzitekse - 2010-12-15 08:42

      AJ, you a bit slow there? I did not call anybody a monkey. Was simply stating a principle.

      Joe - 2010-12-15 08:56

      This Bafoon was "aquitted on rape chareges" and not found to be innocent by any court. Furthermore he has on numerous occasions acted like an idiot dancing and singing "bring me my machinegun". What does he need it for? Zuma, you are wasting my taxes and court resources so accept being a fool and rather work on restoring your image that you have tarnished on your own.

      Neo - 2010-12-15 08:58

      True True... I am all for freedom of press .... unfortunately it is idiots like Zapiro who think that freedom has no responsibility and accountability! Freedom isn't Free!

      wardle2066 - 2010-12-15 09:38

      Zuma right to sue for defamation of character ?? WTF - This guy knocked up Irvin Khosas daughter, make a mockery of the young lady in question with the cartoon, side stepped (polically solved) corruption charges, wrote off a billion Rand that could have fed millions of poor, was too weak to tame his puppet Malema on hate speach, was too weak to engage with Bob Mugabe - ultimately adding to Zim peoples woes and has enriched himself and his brood. And you have the audacity to talk about rights?? Mnr Burger you are sick man in need of help........

      Mad Hatter - 2010-12-15 12:25

      So defamed he became president .

      DeonL - 2010-12-15 12:50

      Few people have stopped laughing at Zuma and Malema these last few years. I hope Zuma loose the case, it might not be bad to hear again of all his shortcomings again, this might kill his aspirations for a second term in office.

      Mordred - 2010-12-15 14:24


      Mordred - 2010-12-15 14:25

      Neo - please ask Zuma for some money sothat you can go and buy yourself a life and a sense of humour.

      cancer1983 - 2010-12-15 16:16

      @Mashishiv - That's a fairly racist remark. Do you have any proof? Cos I very often read in the papers of child rape cases and they rarely involve white people, with the exception of the current sickos in court.

      Consequent33 - 2010-12-15 17:56

      If the Shoe fits.................

      AlfredNeuman - 2010-12-16 11:10

      @mashishiv- Since we're making ridiculous wild assumptions I'll show you some stats and then you can guess what kind of assumptions I've made of my own...

      Bonzo - 2010-12-17 01:58

      @ Mashishiv, that's a gross racist prejudice on your part. What about the numerous rapes of young black girls in the townships?

      Mzungu - 2011-06-19 10:23

      What defamation of what character? Do you then also feel that he is right for laying charges of assault against the guy who spilled coffee on him? And that the info bill has good merits. GTFO with all these bogus lawsuits and press critique. He is a public persona, the press have all the right to portray him how they wish. Go live in north korea if you think the press are too liberal here.

      Mzungu - 2011-06-19 10:29

      Also, you cant say very much about this mr Johan burger, that twitter that you tweet is all part of that freedom. May I then sue you for tweeting things I dont agree with, or feel sensitive too?

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-10-19 21:15

      However, I think Zapiro's lawyers can actually prove that the cartoon worked in Zuma's favour, which is the reason he is bringing it up again just before Manguang. It is to get some publicity and sympathy from those who he wants to vote for him.

  • Pragmatist - 2010-12-14 23:15

    Well zuma, being an anc moron would not understand satire, and his fish bowl is getting empty, so what do we expect?

      Icey - 2010-12-15 01:59

      Well I am not think Zuma is the best president in the world, he most certainly was found "guilty" by the media even before his trail started. I for one, find that exceptionally unjust. Now let's see what the courts say.

      Neo - 2010-12-15 09:03

      Even satire has it's boundaries...!

      Templar - 2010-12-15 09:43 should presidents pal...especially one with 30 odd kids...

      Mordred - 2010-12-15 14:27


  • Pat - 2010-12-14 23:37

    What is really shocking is the turnabout by Sanef, who argued strongly against establishing a Media Appeals Tribunal, because if anyone was defamed by the media there was always the recourse of the courts. Sanef actually used that argument, but when someone accepts their invitation and goes to court then Sanef react with shock and outrage, what Sanef really want is self regulation above the law of the land. Do you know what really frightens Sanef, Jacob Zuma will win his case hands down, any person with a scrap of decency will agree that cartoon was highly defamatory.

      E.Nuff - 2010-12-15 00:26

      Therefore, the reverse is also true. The option of instituting a court case against the media proves that a media tribunal is unnecessary. One also has to accept that the HRC has already ruled that the cartoon was not defamatory. That being the case, amd without access to the papers served, it would appear that the case is more about intimidation than about any real chance of success in court.

      Pat - 2010-12-15 01:59

      The South African Human Rights Commission is an institution established to entrench constitutional democracy, I seriously doubt they have the clout to award R5 million damages, because that is what must happen. Maybe this is an ANC test case, if Zuma loses it proves the judges are intoxicated with liberalism and unable to think clearly, in such an event a Media Appeals Tribunal will be established post haste. I interpreted the rape cartoon as depicting that Jacob Zuma is a violent rapist of women, while I interpreted the Mohammed cartoon as an attempt to upset the Islam religion, thereby inciting bomb blasts during the world cup and attracting massive publicity for the cartoonist. Zapiro’s snivelling platitudes over the Mohamed cartoon, cut no ice with the outraged Islam community, and I suspect the rape cartoon will receive a curry hot treatment from a sober South African judge.

      Graeme - 2010-12-15 07:22

      "...any person with a scrap of decency..." you lose your own argument right there Pat. Sudden modest claims of hurtful righteousness by a bigoted polygamist really shouldn't worry anyone, nor should they be taken seriously. He has been the cause of his own reputational downfall.

      wardle2066 - 2010-12-15 09:42

      Pat - "any person with a scrap of decency" as you put it would not have engaged the type of acts that the President did. After all, he is married (a few wives) and this was an act of adultry - not so? That aside - he is the president and is accountable to the public - seeing as we pay for legal fees.

      Christopher Braum - 2010-12-15 12:10

      Pat, I have to agree with you. Sanef have already started their trial by media, something that Zuma does not have access to. The law allows a three year period in which to take action yet Sanef will have us believe that it's outragous that Zuma takes action after two years. To Say: "The amount of the claim is also excessively high” is just as arrogant and points to the fact that the media perceives itself above the law. If the Media Appeals Tribunal does come about, the media will have itself to blame.

      Dave - 2010-12-15 12:29

      Well Pat, then how come the SAHRC has already ruled on this case, and they found that it did not violate his dignity? SAHRC clears Zapiro's Zuma cartoon 2010-06-25 11:01 Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found a Zapiro cartoon depicting President Jacob Zuma about to rape "Lady Justice" did not constitute hate speech, unfair discrimination or a violation of any human right enshrined in the Constitution, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday. The commission dismissed a complaint on the cartoon lodged by the Young Communist League and its national secretary Buti Manamela, that cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro had defamed Zuma or violated his right to dignity in the cartoon, published in the Sunday Times in September 2008.

      Pat - 2010-12-15 13:26

      Regarding the findings of the SAHRC, Dave can refer to my answer to E.Nuff, Zuma apparently disagrees with the SAHRC and is going to court. Yet Wardle and Graeme insist that Jacob Zuma is not worth defending because he is “not decent”, after all he is an adulterer who had the brazen cheek to follow the customs of his own people, I presume Wardle and Graeme are familiar with Zulu tradition and are judging Jacob Zuma from this perspective. In case they are not they will find an explanation in a book titled Hero of the Struggle, it’s available from Publisher Direct and it may help the white minority, to acquaint themselves with the traditions of the black majority. Wardle and Graeme’s references to adultery leave no doubt about the identity of the lady in the cartoon, another reader writes about the “lady in question,” so although Jacob Zuma was found not guilty of rape in a court of law he remains guilty in the court of white public opinion. This racist enclave is orchestrated by the media who claim the Zapiro cartoon in no way depicts Zuma as a violent rapist, he was merely standing trousers around his legs in front of a struggling women pinned down by his criminal friends, the little shower faucet on his head was not meant to remind readers of his rape trial. Most South Africans would immediately recognise the woman as Justitia the Roman goddess of justice, or perhaps the Greek goddess Dike, who are allegorical personifications of the moral force in judicial systems. The average South African would also accept the explanation of the editor regarding the Mohammed cartoon by Zapiro, the Mail and Guardian editor Nick Dawes expressed his surprise at the uproar created by the cartoon, and stated that it had not occurred to him that a significant body of Muslim opinion would experience the cartoon as an outrageous provocation. So there you have it my friends, the average reader is perfectly familiar with exotic mythological goddesses like Justitia and Dike, but the average editor is blithely unaware that Muslims become upset when you depict their prophet. While I appreciated the support of the reader named Christopher, I’m afraid I must inform him that we are too few, the slavering hordes of rumour and innuendo will overrun us Christopher. I must therefore confess that a Tokolosh tribe live at the bottom of my garden, and yesterday I saw a baboon seated on a zebra riding around the moon, we may as well throw in the towel and join the rest of the News 24 readers Christopher.

      Pat - 2010-12-15 14:11

      It’s possible that Jacob Zuma will once again hire Keith Schilling to represent him, who in July 2009 represented South African President Jacob Zuma in his libel proceedings against The Guardian newspaper, securing a public apology, significant damages and legal costs. The Guardian had warned that those "dealing with South Africa must probably get used to Zuma's style of government -- morally contaminated, administratively chaotic and corrupt", and quoted an unnamed friend of the author describing Zuma as "a criminal and a rapist". It seems to me that this is far less defamatory than the outrageous rape cartoon, and were I the Sunday Times I would frantically seek a settlement, before Jacob Zuma is forced to bring Keith Schilling in.

      amagwadi40 - 2010-12-15 14:30

      come on Pat how many black men are still practising Polygamy in 2010? it certainly has no place in a Society that advocates for women rights, for a custodian of a Nation's constitution/policies to practice it is beyond me.

      Graeme - 2010-12-15 15:29

      Thanks Pat for your wonderfully informative diatribe in Greek mythology. It's a wonderful culture, selectively practised by the head of our land, as he pleases, to father children wherever he wishes and out of his own polygamist principles. Social irresponsibility aside, this is the man that is meant to be the setting the example. I'm afraid the example he is setting is one of narcissistic opulence with scant regard for any moral fibre that most of the rest of the country aspire to. I fear to tar you with the same brush as, you appear to be above the average standing so I hope I am not offending you in your cowering white minority corner of the garden. Don't get too close to that baboon, he probably bites.

      Lauren - 2010-12-15 15:48

      Pat, the cartoon was not meant to depict the President as a rapist, but rather as a person who is raping the justice system, so to speak. In other words compromising it. Also, do we now assume that if a judge or panel of judges were to rule against what we feel to be correct, that those judges are incompetent and infused with liberalism, as you say?

      Pat - 2010-12-15 15:52

      In the world according to Wiki polygamy is more common than not in Africa, in South Africa a 2009 law affords benefits to polygamous unions, ranging from inheritance rights to child custody. Polygamy is a lot like journalism, many people think they should not exist, but they do exist so we have to deal with them. Do you really think the hatred the media bear for Jacob Zuma, is healthy for race relations in South Africa, I wonder if the SAHRC read the comments of some Zapiro supporters? Peter How can a flat nose reading /speaking two words at a time who do rape woman be humiliated. He is a thief without any dignity so once again how can he claim his dignity has been compromised. With his two brain cells it took 2 years to sink in........ shame, hierdie keer gaan zuma sy gat sien! Graeme Don't get too close to that baboon, he probably bites.

      Pat - 2010-12-15 16:31

      Lauren You believe the cartoon was meant to depict Jacob Zuma raping the justice system, I believe the cartoon implied that Judge Van der Merwe was wrong and that Jacob Zuma was a rapist, the shower faucet on his head was there to remind you of the rape court case. Let’s wait for the court case on defamation Lauren, whatever the outcome we are both at liberty to comment on the judge’s decision, but I want you to remember something. I vehemently disagreed with the Scorpions raid on Jacob Zuma, there was only one judge who agreed with me and today he is the chief justice, if you read my books you will see I am always on the right side of history.

      matchfix - 2010-12-15 16:49

      Relax Pat. Get a bear and start the fire.

      Pat - 2010-12-15 17:07

      I took you advice Matchfix, I lit a fire and then tried to get a bear, you'll be pleased to know I'm recovering well in hospital. While I'm here I went through the Webb searching for satire on Barack Obama, there are pictures of Barack the Terminator or Superman Barack but I don’t see any of Barack the Rapist, could the Zapiro supporters please inform me where I can find such pictures? The truth is the supposedly “shocked” Sanef are actually “shocking” liars, the London Guardian newspaper made a public apology and paid substantial damages, for defaming Jacob Zuma far less than Zapiro did with his insulting cartoon. South Africa is actually way out of step with the world, the “liberal” judgments of the courts have brought the country to its knees, and it is the liberal press who convinced the ANC to impose this liberal insanity upon us.

      Ingwe - 2010-12-15 17:31

      Hi Pat to quote you if you read my books you will see I am always on the right side of history. I see modesty is not one of your strong points. Rather let people think you are always right instead of having to inform them, it looks better.

      Ingwe - 2010-12-15 17:31

      Maybe there are no cartoons of Barak Obama depicted as a rapist because he has never been accused of raping a women or being thought of raping the justice system. Just a thought take it or leave it. Likewise I am sure you will not find any cartoons of Zuma the Terminator or Superman Zuma on the web.

      Ingwe - 2010-12-15 17:52

      When it comes to JZ’s reputation I look at the fact that he had unprotected sex with a women who he knew was/is HIV positive. He then openly stated he took a shower afterwards as it "would minimise the risk of contracting the disease [HIV]" his words not mine. This is the president of my country and as far as I am concerned this says a lot about him as a person and his reputation.

      Pat - 2010-12-15 19:44

      You are very wrong about me Ingwe, I am the very model of modesty, how often do you see famous authors bothering with people such as yourself. Actually I like you Ingwe because you have proved my point by stating, there are no cartoons of Barak Obama depicted as a rapist because he has never been accused of raping a woman, so in South Africa you just have to be accused of something for the press to ruin you. The fact that you have been found not guilty in a court of law means nothing, in most countries the media would have retired in shame after the verdict, but the South African media carried on with insulting articles and defamatory cartoons. So at the end of the day the justice system is meaningless, once the press judge you as been guilty you are finished, maybe the judges should accept that they are redundant and journalists will be doing their jobs. Jacob Zuma was tried and convicted for rape and corruption by the media, yet he has not been found guilty of any crime in a South African courtroom, because unlike the journalists the judges require evidence and not gut feelings? There is not a scrap of evidence that Jacob Zuma agreed to or knew of the Schabir Shaik bribe, and he was found not guilty of rape in a duly constituted court of law, so all Zuma really did was have unprotected sex and take a shower afterwards. From a traditional perspective the sex must be seen as courtship rather than adultery, as was the case with Irwin Khoza’s daughter, both liaisons involved mature women in their thirties and not little girls. So we are talking about consensual sex between mature adults, although it’s obvious old JZ got a bit carried away and forgot the condom, while taking a shower came straight out of his military training. I remember from my SA Navy service that sailors engaged in sexual activity with risky partners, were advised to urinate then wash their genitals with soap and water, so perhaps this hoary old military adage stuck in Zuma’s mind. He has however apologised and admitted that soap and water are not effective against AIDS, the old military strategy was directed towards the old STD’s, in fact douching after sex can actually increase the risk of AIDS infection in a women. I hope this information has been of use to you Ingwe, and I trust you will no longer be a stooge of the media, who goes around parroting the arrant rubbish they write. If however you refuse to open your heart to the truth, and instead choose to swear at me like other uncouth News 24 readers, then at least have the decency to spell the swearwords correctly.

      Sage - 2010-12-16 16:53

      Jeez Pat! Wading through your inane rhetoric I think there is a strong possibility that you're a chop!

      Ingwe - 2010-12-16 17:04

      Hi Pat I love your comment I am the very model of modesty, how often do you see famous authors bothering with people such as yourself Especially as you have no idea who I am. I think I need to add condescending to your over inflated ego and lack of modesty. Oh and one other thing why would you think I would swear at you, please don’t assume I am like some of the other people commenting on News 24. I hope you have good day and it will be interesting to see how the the lawsuit goes. If JZ wants to sue his is perfectly entitled to sue, I just wish he would use his own money and not the states (tax payers).

      Pat - 2010-12-16 18:55

      You see what I mean about swearing Ingwe, somebody called Sage has now called me a “chop,” and I don’t even know what a “chop” is. So compliments of the season to you Ingwe, and a Merry Syphilis and Happy Gonnorea to Sage, as you can see I am a gentlemanly and modest sort of guy Ingwe. Like you I await the outcome of the defamation suit with interest, but as you know I definitely feel Zuma was defamed, and I am never wrong Ingwe. Zapiro claims that the cartoon is meant to depict Zuma raping the justice system, the shower faucet on Zuma’s head shows you clearly what court case is being referred to, Zapiro is boldly informing readers that the rape trial was corrupted and that Jacob Zuma is indeed a rapist. The stark rape imagery is obviously intended to portray Zuma as a violent rapist, a struggling woman is pinned to the ground with her bra ripped off and laying next to her, the soiled justice banner covering her bared breasts points eloquently to a rape trial gone horribly wrong. Those who insist that Zapiro was alluding to the corruption trial are sadly deluded, because the historic fact is that Zuma was raped by the justice system, with the enthusiastic assistance of the so called liberal press. A more accurate picture would be Zapiro with his pants around his knees, while Zuma struggled desperately on the ground, pinned down by Mondli who is helped by Fred and Ray. Thank heavens for South Africa there was a writer named Will Powers, who revealed the tapes that sank the sly Scorpions and their perverted press backers, you can read all about it in Hero of the Struggle November 26, 2007 20h43 (Conversation between Bulelani Nguka and Leonard McCarthy, three weeks before the ANC Polokwane Conference) BN: You are the only one who can save this country from madness. LM: What does the big man say? BN: I don’t know, I will call him tonight. LM: I did what you said I should do. BN: You did the right thing LM: I received a strong memorandum to charge and charge now. Will Powers listened to the incriminating tapes again and again, there was no doubt that Bulelani Nguka and Leonard McCarthy had manipulated the judicial process, to minimize the chance of Jacob Zuma at the Polokwane leadership conference. The NPA head Bulelani Nguka had requested the Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy, to obtain the view of the team on bringing charges just before the Polokwane conference, this is construed as unlawful exploitation of the courts for political gain . Klaus Kaaskop had ascertained that the tapes were obtained legally with a court order; the duty of any intelligence agency is to hand over information on unlawful actions, the source of the information remains a state secret. This will remain unless Zuma’s lawyers voluntarily admit, they obtained the tapes from secret agent Klaus Kaaskop of DIRT, the Dutch Institute of Refugee Tracing has many contacts in the Institute of South African National Entelligence (INSANE). There was no direct evidence that President Thabo Mbeki ordered these unlawful actions, as there is no clear evidence that Jacob Zuma agreed to a bribe, both men appeared to be the victims of pushy friends. The ‘big man’ mentioned in the tapes, could well be the Sunday Times editor, in the local vernacular big is a connotation of grossly fat. Yet it was vital that the Zuma legal team present these tapes, because they vindicated the view of Judge Nicholson and Will Powers, that the case was being manipulated for political gain.. So Will went to work on the Friends of JZ Website, the Friends were more than willing to assist. The wild gossip on Friends of JZ was creeping into the newspapers; there were now stuttering admissions of collusion between the NPA and the Scorpions, to manipulate a prosecutorial process for political purposes. Once this information was revealed it would be unwarrantable for the NPA to continue the prosecution, the case has been tainted beyond any hope of a fair trial, the media had already falsified the words of a judge and their biased reportage had hopelessly compromised the entire judicial process. - 2010-12-17 08:32

      The amazing thing about perception is everyone has one. It's just like opinion. We are all entitled to it, but just because you believe yours, does not make it more valid or right than mine. Everything about satire is open to interpretation. I'm guessing you may struggle with the purpose of satire. It is not meant to be only destructive, but constructive by highlighting a cause or circumstance it looks to make unacceptable in soceity's consciousness. No matter how much you are looking to cling to the cultural allowances you keep suggesting we equip ourselves with, they have no place in a modern soceity and certainly not one that peaks on the abuse and sexual illness lists whether you support the public icons who perform these or not. For many people whether the sexual act was consensual or not is indifferent when the person in question who is the leader of this country already has many wives, an abundance of children, and still needs to go outside of his marital arrangements to have unprotected sex. This above all media, good or bad, will shine as a true sign of the man's character, which is found to be seriously lacking.

      Pat - 2010-12-17 15:15

      Of course everyone is entitled to their perceptions Inyaniso, if you glance at the posts above you will see a fine example of this, people express perceptions contrary to mine and I mercilessly destroy them. For instance you claim that cultural practices lead to “sexual abuse and sickness,” although I agree with you I differ on which cultural practices, the liberal culture of personal satisfaction contributes to promiscuity which is the root cause of sexual abuse and sickness. It may be true that polygamy contributes to the spread of sexual disease, but I can’t see how it contributes to sexual abuse, because at the end of the day polygamy is consensual sex between adults. South African law permits polygamous unions, so it should be the personal business of the adults who engage in it, I personally find it repulsive poking around in peoples sex lives. Consider the fuss the newspapers made about the twentieth love child of Jacob Zuma, the convenient timing completely ruined President Zuma’s state visit to Britain, the British press called him a “Vile Buffoon” which the Johannesburg Star gleefully ran as a headline. Yet in terms of his own culture what did Jacob Zuma really do wrong, those who are familiar with Zulu culture know that Jacob Zuma has paid Inhlawulo (bribe to father-in-law), which means he has pacified Father Irvin and it’s now a sort of semi-marriage. This is the same deal he had going with Gloria Bongi Ngema, I understand there has been an exchange of umbondo (wedding gifts), this ceremony is the last traditional event before a wedding and is done after ilobolo (dowry) has been paid to the bride's family. Of course the existing wives have to approve and this is sometimes complicated, in my opinion the more the wives the more the nagging, I have never been married so I greatly admire Jacob Zuma’s courage. Different pokes for different folks is my motto Inyaniso, so I genuinely don’t understand the fuss about Zuma’s sex-life, after all it is a South African tradition that politicians have controversial sex lives. Tony Leon ran around with beauty queens and FW De Kler had a extra marital affair, Nelson Mandela himself had quite a few scandals as did his gorgeous ex-wife Winnie, and then of course there was the shocking Piet Koornhof affair. In 1993 the randy old goat made the headlines when, at the ripe old age of 68 he left his wife for a young coloured woman with whom he had twins, the entire Afrikaner nation applauded lusty Oom Piet for his magnificent contribution to the “Rainbow Nation”. So you can see the custom of having more than one wife is practiced by both the Zulu and the Afrikaner, Steve Hofmeyr is an sterling example of this Inyaniso, so why don’t we stop pointing fingers at Jacob Zuma. Why don’t we rather seek out that which is common between the races of South Africa, both blacks and whites are highly argumentative yet largely ignorant, they both love their sports yet are blithely unaware of art or literature. All South Africans are lazy and tend to be heavy drinkers, and most of them smoke the heady green tobacco, that flowers in lush abundance on every hill and in most backyards. So you see if we just look for it Inyaniso,, we can find much in common between the races, that sets South Africans apart from all other people in the world. Let us rather concentrate on the similarities and try to ignore the differences, if Jacob Zuma wants to have one million kids that’s his business, as the President he earns about R3 million a year plus perks so he can certainly afford them

  • immelmap - 2010-12-14 23:51

    Zuma stop wasting rate payers moneyYou wasted enough allready!

      Lungile - 2010-12-15 08:40

      My dear, I do not even think you pay these rates. Anyway, he has all the rights in the world to sue whom ever and for what ever. If you do not like it, why don't you just take a short left and go back home and let us take care of our country.

      mike - 2010-12-15 09:29

      @lungile - typical knee jerk reaction - if you disagree with me - the usual brain dead response - leave the country. Let us take care of the country? - hahahahahaha

      Gary - 2010-12-15 09:36

      @Lungile: I have 3 questions for you: 1.what makes you say @immelmap does not pay rates? 2. Assuming you pay rates, is this how you would like your president t spend his time and your money? 3. You say, "Let us take care of our country" so I assume you support the current govt. Pls could you explicitly outline (in point form) how exactly you feel the current govt has improved the lives of the poor and yourself in the recent past? Thanks

      wardle2066 - 2010-12-15 09:45

      Lungile - I am at home. I dont know who you are, but doubt you could run a country. You of course could also go home - if you know your African history -

      Viv - 2010-12-15 14:52

      LUNGILE - of course everyone has the right to to sue - IF THEY USE THEIR OWN PERSONAL MONEY to fund their case. Zuma my dear is going to use the rate payers money to fight this pathetic moronic case. And what will he do with the money should be God-Forbid win the case, stash it into his OWN PERSONAL account. Not back into the country THAT PAID FOR IT!! Wakey wakey

  • Olavin - 2010-12-15 02:57

    I wouldn't have even known about this cartoon unless Zuma brought it to light. As far as I'm concerned if it was forgotten about and gathering cobwebs from two years ago, then he is aiding his own defamation by bringing back into the media.

  • luke.hards - 2010-12-15 03:13

    Zuma is a disgrace! Lock him up and throw away the key!

      Neo - 2010-12-15 09:06

      Me think we should do that with Zapiro

      Mordred - 2010-12-15 14:30

      Neo, do you know Zuma on a personal level - nudge nudge wink wink???

      Lauren - 2010-12-15 15:51

      Neo, but you would have carried him on your hands back in the day when he was decrying Apartheid through his cartoons (as you should have). We can't always have it both ways. This man is a social commentator, commenting on the issues at hand.

  • jmokgotlhoa - 2010-12-15 03:35

    I found that cartoon rather tasteless and over the top. It was also easy to be misinterpreted if viewed out of context, especially by children. It should have carried an 18 year restriction. 2 years ago Zuma had more important battles to fight like winning the presidency, perhaps that is why he is only suing now.

      green_goblin - 2010-12-15 08:44

      also don't forget that besides trying to win the presidency, he was also trying hard to stay out of jail on rape charges and corruption charges

      exocist - 2010-12-15 21:22


  • Bok - 2010-12-15 04:16

    What a bad reaction is coming from the President did his money income go down the drain now now he is looking for nitty gritty things to earn more money it seems he is feeling guilty over something it was a cartoon and everybody laughted over it. Better the President start looking at the countries people and do something about the poor conditions of people that they are living in

  • Warren - 2010-12-15 05:06

    Zuma does not understand satire, fair comment and freedom of the press. He also does not understand constitutional government.

      Neo - 2010-12-15 09:10

      Seems like you don't either. These things comes with responsibility. Kick Zapiros ass to Australia... By the way, I am not a JZ fan, but it's a matter of what's right and not who's right!

      ffaarg - 2010-12-15 11:07

      @Neo I am no fan of Zapiro but I think his cartoon was a very accurate figurative depiction of what he did to the justice system.

      Christopher Braum - 2010-12-15 12:14

      "Zuma does not understand satire, fair comment and freedom of the press. He also does not understand constitutional government." Maybe! Neither does the media!

      Mordred - 2010-12-15 14:31

      Neo - who are you trying to kid. You are his biggest fan.

      lean - 2010-12-15 17:16

      Crimes in Saudi Arabia ....Under certain conditions, rape and armed robbery could also lead to execution. Executions could be carried out by beheading, firing squad, or stoning of the convicted person in a drugged state. This I call a Good Law.... In SA the rapist is suing someone, how pathetic...

  • - 2010-12-15 06:02

    Zuma has used every means [at our expense] to subvert the justice system - the cartoon depicted the true state of affairs. It is worrying that the ANC suppporters are blind to his moral and ethical corruption.

      Maleo - 2010-12-15 08:33

      I agree 100%...

      Joe - 2010-12-15 08:58

      Well said.

      Christopher Braum - 2010-12-15 12:19

      Zama was found not guilty of rape. If you were found not guilty of rape would you not feel the same way as Zuma?

      j-9 - 2010-12-15 12:33

      Exactly! This cartoon didn't hurt his reputation, he still became president, still has millions of supporters (although he is quite capable of ruining his reputation all by himself). Even after the cartoon he is still promiscuis and has unprotected sex, which brings into questions his morals and ethics. Presidents are meant to lead from the front, lead 'by example'! What an example to follow

      mashishiv - 2010-12-15 14:11

      @jezelbel. Every racist paedophiler believes the same thing you just wrote.

      Lauren - 2010-12-15 15:54

      j-9...I think he "led from the front" rather often!! Hence the kiddies out of wedlock and adultery...

  • merlynsingo - 2010-12-15 06:04

    You know i love Zapiro and his work the guy is gifted, he can do his work at his best but last time you went too far, i never laughed about that cartoon for President JZ circulating all over it was not fun at all but disgraced to our country. It doesn't matter how much some of you hate u'r own President u can't change it and u need to live with it whether u jump high or u don't. ZAPIRO u went too far, i understand u needed to pleases us but not with that kind of a do u really hate u'r own President that u can even cartoon him like that? keep up the good work but not in that manner, SOuth Africa respect you with your work and i don't think u really want to loose that respect and dignity. and remember guys no matter how much u try to degrade JZ he is still u'r president, he is u'r leader and South Africa is what it is bcoz of him...u can argue it u can shout at it but it is the fact.

      Des - 2010-12-15 06:39

      ..."South Africa is what it is bcoz of him"..............ain't that right!!!!!!

      Serias - 2010-12-15 08:34

      @merlynsingo.....dead right, SA is what it is because of him....a corrupt, lawless, and broken country on the same path as Zim......that has changed from a net exporter of food to a net importer of food....with a jobless percentage of ineffective police force......a pathetic healthcare system......a disgraceful educational system.....and a corrupt and thieving government.....YOU SAID IT!!!!!

      green_goblin - 2010-12-15 08:51

      So in your mindset your president is your president and so you should accept him for that fact just because... Well why then in the apartheid period did you not accept the president of the country then? I did not choose this president and I do not believe that he is president material. Bill Clinton got impeached because he consensual sex with a woman which was not his wife! we have a president that lives under a cloud of corruption and rape, as well as proven external marital affairs and what do you try and do, you try and put him on a pedastal. there are so many more candidates for the presidency (even within the ranks of the ANC) that are more suited to the post than this imbecile!

      Milo29 - 2010-12-15 13:44

      You are damm right the country is what it is, because of him!!!! Perhaps he needs the money to feed his creche? He must get a life and concern himself with running(sic) the country, instead of worrying about his image..... what image?????

      exocist - 2010-12-15 21:29


  • Pat - 2010-12-15 06:15

    Defamation is the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual that may give an individual a negative image, it is usually a requirement that this claim be false and that the publication is communicated to someone other than the person defamed

      Warren - 2010-12-15 06:28

      Truth is always an absolute defense.

      green_goblin - 2010-12-15 08:53

      "it is usually a requirement that this claim be false"... well right there is the reason why it cannot be defamation.

      V. Zela - 2010-12-15 09:12

      With that statement you would make a first class politician

      Pat - 2010-12-15 14:29

      Warren Correct that truth is always an absolute defence, if Zuma had been found guilty of rape, then the Zapiro cartoon would not be defamatory. Green Goblin See above, we must accept court judgments, your opinions don't count. V. Zela I got the comment from Wiki, just wanted to establish the ground rules.

      Lauren - 2010-12-15 15:56

      Nice Google, Pat!

      cancer1983 - 2010-12-15 16:28

      You're so clever Pat, please tell us what exactly was the defamatory statement that was implied by the cartoon? I interpreted it as Zuma was "raping" (I used inverted commas because in this case "raping" is figurative not literal) "lady justice" (lady justice being the justice system). As I understand it whether he actually raped someone or not is irrelevant for this statement to stand.

      exocist - 2010-12-15 21:32


      Pat - 2010-12-16 01:11

      Lauren I googled the definition of defamation from Wiki, but nobody seems to accept it, the pushy press have destroyed any sense of balance in South Africa. You can print anything you want and camouflage it as symbolism, a court finds a man innocent of rape and you disagree, so the court process was unfair. Eish! The newspapers and cartoonists must stop their nonsense, all this free speech rubbish is breeding a nation of savages, no ability to reason beyond their own anger and bitterness. Cancer 1983 I interpreted the cartoon as Zuma had his trousers around his legs and was about to rape a woman, who was pinned down by his friends, the shower faucet on his head was a direct reminder of the rape trial. I took this as symbolism that the rape trial had been unfair, that the cartoonist believed Zuma was a filthy rapist who should have been convicted, and the cartoonist was desperately imparting this to his readers. Exocist Jacob Zuma had a fair trial and was found not guilty of rape, therefore any cartoon portraying him as a rapist is defamatory, I seriously doubt they’ll retry Zuma on the say so of somebody who can’t spell exorcist.

      cervezab - 2010-12-16 20:31

      The cartoon is about Zuma and his friends abusing the justice system, claiming their support for him no matter what and that they will not accept a guilty verdict, so while you claim the media found him guilty before the end of his trail, his comrades found him innocent before the trial. That is what the cartoon is about, not finding him guilty, but showing how political leaders are influencing the justice system and supporting a person on trial. The reason he used a "rape" scene is called IRONY. So yes, he has the right to sue who he wants, just like SANEF can ask why he does not respect the HRC findings, why he took so long, and why so much money, it is their right to question the intentions of the person suing them

      Pat - 2010-12-16 22:50

      Cervezab interprets the cartoon as Zuma raping the justice system, I interpret the cartoon as Zuma raping a woman, the judge will study the cartoon and decide if it is defamatory. The ruling by the HRC has no force in law, or Zuma would not have gone ahead with the defamation suit, my advice to the Sunday Times is to settle out of court and finish it. Were I Zuma’s counsel I would advise the Judge to read the comments of News 24 readers, where you will soon discover that most whites still believe Jacob Zuma is a rapist, then the judge must decide if rape cartoons foster these opinions. Of course political figures must be satirized, but the South African press goes too far, and President Zuma is determined to put an end to it. Cartoons are not irony as Cervezab thinks, because irony is actually a figure of speech, so cartoons are either satire or humour. What could be ironic is the Zapiro vendetta against Zuma, does JZ really deserve the vituperation levelled against him, what credentials does Zapiro possess that gives him the right to judge so harshly. In African culture simple respect for an elder would restrain Zapiro, but the press have imposed a liberal culture, where freedom of speech overrides all rights or traditions. There has been much comment about Zapiro the valiant fighter against apartheid, some readers have acknowledged that although they dislike his abrasive style, Zapiro can be excused because of his impeccable struggle credentials. Some Zapiro fans even insist he was more important than Mandela, because Zapiro refused to carry arms during his two year conscription, and he also designed the logo for the End Conscription Campaign. In 1983 Zapiro became active in the United Democratic Front, he was arrested and subsequently monitored by military intelligence, in 1988 he was detained shortly and he then left South Africa to study cartooning in New York. After his sojourn in New York he returned to the new democratic South Africa, Zapiro became the editorial cartoonist for the Sowetan from 1994 to 2005, so Zapiro’s main cartooning thrust was not fighting apartheid but rather fighting the ANC. If you compare the struggle histories of Jacob Zuma and Jonathan Shapiro, it appears possible that Jonathan may be insanely jealous of Jacob, because there is a tremendous chasm in their respective contributions to the freedom struggle. Jacob Zuma joined the African National Congress in 1959 when one year old Zapiro was still sucking at his mother’s breast, Zuma became an active member of Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1962, a year later he was arrested and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. Which he served on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and other ANC notables, after his release Zuma re-established ANC structures in Natal, he became a member of the ANC Committee in 1977. Zuma then served as Deputy Chief Representative, first in Mozambique and then in Lusaka, following the lifting of the ban on the ANC in February 1990 Zuma returned to South Africa. He was one of the first ANC leaders to initiate the peace process, while Zapiro was studying cartooning in New York, Zuma and his fellows hammered out a negotiated settlement. While Zapiro was honing his art in New York, Jacob Zuma forged peace in KwaZulu Natal, the nation owes Zuma a great vote of thanks for that. By the time Zapiro’s cartooning career kicked off on the Sowetan in 1994, South Africa had held democratic elections and the ANC was the new government, Zapiro zoned in eagerly on the new enemy and has been at it ever since.

  • Peter - 2010-12-15 06:28

    How can a flat nose reading /speaking two words at a time who do rape woman be humiliated. He is a thief without any dignity so once again how can he claim his dignity has been compromised. With his two brain cells it took 2 years to sink in........ shame, hierdie keer gaan zuma sy gat sien!

      Perfume - 2010-12-15 08:17

      Hy gaan niks kry!!!!!!!

  • Johan Kruger - 2010-12-15 06:29


  • BigD - 2010-12-15 06:32

    As if our courts are not full enough allready. If Zuma looses the case he will look very foolish indeed.

      Joe - 2010-12-15 09:00

      .... and he countinues "raping lady Justice" once again?

  • Johan Kruger - 2010-12-15 06:36

    This claim is not about his character that was degraded, this is about greed. The case against Shaik explains this all. He was not successfully charged then, as JZ placed NPA under his control, how do you charge your boss?? Hand outs are not so regular for him, now he has to compensate. Any comments referring JZ to me to be "my" president. He is not my president as I did not vote for him.

      jacobus.dejager - 2010-12-15 06:57

      So, who is going to pay for this court case and lawyers and all? And according to me, the chances are slim for winning this, so we (TAXPAYERS, and I mean TAXPAYERS, all 5 million of them) are going to spend millions for stroking somebody's ego? The laughing now becomes crying, it is just amazing all these nutcases around us. Isn't there some wikileaks docs that we can distribute all over the world about the arms deal and all the under the table dealings?

      Hendrik - 2010-12-15 17:05

      I agreed with you what you say , I congralutalate my hands to you

  • RedCherry - 2010-12-15 06:39

    The law suit is part of a slippery slope. No public figure is above being ridiculed or satirised if they do things deserving of such a response. People have intimated here and elsewhere that Zuma deserves respect simply because he is the President. Not true. He is no more than an elected official and, if he behaves like an asshole then, the same as any other person, he deserves to be ridiculed for it and not excused. All the more because of his position. The mindset that uncritically affords respect and deference to the person because of the position occupied is dangerous ground. The lack of rational criticism led, at its most extreme, to Nazi Germany, Rwandan genocide, the Balkans conflict, Stalinism and, of course, apartheid, to name but a few. To condone the law suit is to support an insidious attack on the institutions that support our fragile democracy, so before you shout 'go for it', use the organ that's keeping your ears apart. This is not about black or white, ANC or the rest, but the rise of unthinking support of and obedience to a person, whether they deserve it or not. If the Human Rights Commission has already ruled on the validity of the offending cartoon, then the allegation that the law suit has been brought for the purposes of intimidation has consierable merit, considering the timing. So, ask yourselves, having lived through apartheid, do you want another government that rules by intimidation and suppression? It's there if you want it and it starts here...

      Graeme - 2010-12-15 07:32

      Well said, excellently put.

      samuel.serfontein - 2010-12-15 07:39

      well said

      green_goblin - 2010-12-15 08:55

      well said

      WhyLikeThis - 2010-12-15 11:11

      Well said, now if you can just re-write it in SIMPLE english so that the other readers with less than one brain cell can understand it too.

      lean - 2010-12-15 17:20

      Good one...

  • Ashraaf - 2010-12-15 06:56

    I Seriously doubt that Zuma has a case, although I don't care much for Zapiro's cartoons as some are really in bad taste. If Zuma's reputation was so badly damaged then he would not be able to act on the world stage as president of South Africa in the manner that he does. What is more worrying is the amount of Rot in Government with the level of tender fraud by the ruling party, and the inability to stop. Every week not millions but billions of Tax Payers money is Fraudulently paid in the guise of a tender to friends and family of you know who.

  • jontheb - 2010-12-15 07:05

    I can't believe the kind of drivel being posted in response to this article. The cartoon had nothing to do with Zuma's rape charge, but was rather a depiction of the extent to which Zuma and his cronies flout the law regarding their various corruption scandals. Even the ANC has become sickened by Zuma and his blatant abuse of power. He is highly unlikely to get a second spell in office. Defamation of character? Zuma has clearly dragged his own character through the mud, getting off his corruption charges on threats of exposure of other equally corrupt leaders. Get lost Zuma, we've all had enough!

      amagwadi40 - 2010-12-15 14:56

      spot on jontheb

  • samuel.serfontein - 2010-12-15 07:25

    The ANC raping the justice system? Unheard of. Why would they want to abuse power. Zapiro, the cartoon was a true reflection at that time. Those of you that don't understand it have no sense of humor, or maybe no sense of wat is going on in your own country. One quick question: Why would a democratic country, with probably the best constitution on earth, want to muzzle the media? Government=Transparency? Make sense?

  • Emexd - 2010-12-15 07:27

    Our beloved President is at it again. I regret wasting my vote on ANC and Zuma. What defamation of character?1. His accountant was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to 15yrs but he's out already. 2.The media never asked Zuma to have sex with an HIV woman without using a condom. His family comes first when it comes to tenders. Zuma is just on the vengeance and South Africa is heading Zimbabwe's way.

  • Kevin - 2010-12-15 07:41

    Good for you Mr Shapiro , we should not stand back for these power drunk , money grabbing , so called " struggle" beneficiaries that are only in it for the money and absolutely nothing else . I am more loathed by the pseudo political thieves each day I read about them and the freedom of press and expression must be upheld.

      Mordred - 2010-12-15 14:33

      Hear Hear Kevin - I am definitely in your corner.

  • Opinionated - 2010-12-15 07:47

    Its easy for him to say he's suing now, but he never thought that about the consequences of what would befall him when he was allegedlly raping, now he's concerned about his reputation but I think it's a little late after five wives, 20 kids, cheating allegations and his sex life being all over the media. Really now what point is he trying to prove.

  • - 2010-12-15 07:55

    Bad publicity for Zuma. More than R5m good publicity for Zapiro.

  • FrankLee - 2010-12-15 07:57

    If His highness President Jacob Zuma wants to sue the publishers and Zapiro, it is his right to do so. It is also our right as taxpayers to make sure that he does not use public funds to pay for his lawyers. Should Mr President Jacob Zuma touch any public funds for this he should be arrested for theft of public money, tried and put in jail. His wanting to sue to protect his reputation has absolutely nothing to do with running the country in his capacity as president - he should therefore fund his own lawsuit with his OWN money - with quite clear separation of state and private funds. Mr President Jacob Zuma, please keep your fat, grubby hands OFF our tax money!

      green_goblin - 2010-12-15 09:01

      all he will do is argue that by bringing his name in to disrepute, the presidency is being brought into bad light as well and hence changes from being a private case where he would fit the bill (or just quietly siphon the money from tax payers money) to being a government case (where he can take the money with less long fingers)

  • Nibiru - 2010-12-15 08:13

    Only a fool would bring his wrong doings back into the spotlight

      joe.delange - 2010-12-15 09:36

      The sort of fool who values money over dignity.

  • BigMoose - 2010-12-15 08:17

    Any ANC members willing to die for Zuma? Explosives and bomber jackets FREE to the first 1 000 000 wannabe suicide bombers.

      Serias - 2010-12-15 08:38

      ..cant we make it 40 million?

      green_goblin - 2010-12-15 09:02


      j-9 - 2010-12-15 12:42

      Sorry, no 72 virgins for you, Zuma got to them first

  • Wow! - 2010-12-15 08:18

    What Zuma needs to realize is that it is his behaviour that was degrading - NOT the cartoon, which merely amplifies his actions. As a president his personal conduct have been less than savoury.

  • branden.hart - 2010-12-15 08:20

    It's Christmas time and he has quite a few dependants that need fancy Chrostmas Presents. I'm sure the Christmas card will read - "To Dependant / Wife #1 - love JZ and Shapiro"

  • Dave - 2010-12-15 08:23

    Another "no win' case for Zuma. Even if he wins the case - he still loses. He would have been better advised to let this 2 year old matter rest. Once again the world is going to ask questions about our President.

  • Snoek - 2010-12-15 08:31

    Zuma wants everyone to have their day in court. How about first proving his own innocents in court? Didn’t he say he wants his day in court? By avoiding his day in court like he did was raping justice. That’s the public’s opinion. Go Zapiro!!

      ffaarg - 2010-12-15 11:12

      I think it is now acknowledged that he never said he wanted his day in court, although it was widely reported. He did take a long time to correct the media though.

  • Jules - 2010-12-15 08:37

    haha did he finally get it?

  • green_goblin - 2010-12-15 08:37

    I have a feeling that Zuma and the ANC have an alterior motive here. It is amazing for him to wait for 2 years and then decide to sue during a period of time where the goverment are trying to put a block on what Newspaper's can write or discuss about them - 2010-12-15 13:11

      Agreed! This is probably a trial run for incase the media tribunal fails or this is deflecting attention from some other matter!

  • chiepner - 2010-12-15 08:39

    Responsibility - we all have it. The press and even our president Zuma. Both of them have a tendancy to not take it and both of them cry foul when they have to face the concequences. Yes our President acted darn right stupid with some of the comments and stances he took while he fought his way to power and so to did the press. In both instances each of them needs to take responsibility for their actions and deal with it.

  • denlyn - 2010-12-15 08:44

    What about the humiliation felt by South Africans by the behaviour of the President which has become the laughing stock of the world.

  • hennie.ignite - 2010-12-15 08:49

    I agree with the President. You cant print anything you want and try to get away with it. He is after all our president and we should be proud of him. We should not allow the press to openly humiliate the leader of our nation. Go for it Boss sue the pants of them.

      Joe - 2010-12-15 09:09

      What as he done that makes you proud of him?

      Gary - 2010-12-15 09:44

      Yes, I would like to hear your response to this.

  • angelwings - 2010-12-15 08:50

    Come on people the amount is not over the top.Showerhead has an evergrowing harem to support,give him some slack poor chap.As for his small penis, he just stuggles to find it under all that blubber. - 2010-12-15 13:15

      Mmmm and how would you know has he made a pass? lol

  • Phutie - 2010-12-15 08:53

    It shows a lack of respect for our President,really this is disgusting why insults the President.I would understand if white people insults him but black no cos our culture teaches respect unless if they trrying to appease their white counterparts.We need media tribunal cos this are the DA agent who sees nothing in a black government.

      Joe - 2010-12-15 09:08

      Respect should be earned and Our President has done NOTHING to earn our respect.

      The Spear - 2010-12-15 09:26

      I don't have to respect him. The president is my employee. He works for me. The people. He should respect us, the people.

      V. Zela - 2010-12-15 09:27

      He is not my president I did not vote for him and are not you ashamed to be calling him your president

      V. Zela - 2010-12-15 09:30

      Sorry should have read "are you not"

      mike - 2010-12-15 09:41

      as was said before if you 'respect' your president so much then obviously you respected the apartheid presidents because they were YOUR elected presidents at the time

      Gary - 2010-12-15 09:45

      @phutie - what exactly do you respect about him? clear point form please.

      Bheki - 2010-12-15 10:12

      Phutie respect is earned, by virtue of being a President does not mean that I must respect you. For you information I am black, I am not an agent of anybody, I write on what I believe in, I do not write to please anybody. As a black person I hate to be associated with failure and sub-standards, therefore, I will fight to the end where-ever I feel that blackness is associated with the two above.

  • - 2010-12-15 09:21

    Mr Zuma - is this not a bit late. At the time the cartoon was very appropriate. We expected so much more from you as a public figure than to get yourself embroiled in a rape allegation, guilty or not. The issue was relevant then and of public interest.

  • djmilano.26 - 2010-12-15 09:22

    He who laughs last laughs the best

  • Bheki - 2010-12-15 09:23

    As far as I can remember the was no names attached to the cartoon. I therefore fail to understand where/ who is Mr Zuma on the cartoon. But think it is fair to go to court and actually proof that it is his picture that is depicted on the cartoon and he is potrayed as a person preparing to have sexual intercourse with someone called Justice (He/she).

      joe.delange - 2010-12-15 09:38


      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-10-19 21:08

      Well said Bheki. Let him prove that he is raping Lady Justice.

  • fortune.mabasa - 2010-12-15 09:27

    The same SANEF said that if citizens are not happy about any outcome from their media tribunal then they can go to court. But when someone takes them on by taking their media houses to court they cry foul. If they are so confused as to what has to happen then I am afraid that they will not have the capacity to self regulate their affairs. This case will test the strength of our democracy. Most people will say that the president of the USA has cartoons drawn of him and he does not sue, but such people fail to differenciate the level of humiliation this cartoon has caused. If sanity fails to prevail in the minds of South Africans then some of us are concerned that we will end up being led by our emotions and not our heads. Pause for a minute and ask yourself, what it is you would do if it where someone close to you that was sketched in such a dehumanising and defamatory manner. As citizens we say that the president must be a person who must have high moral standard but the emails that we read show that we are expecting from others what we cannot practice. What we expect from presidne JZ should be something we also should be practicing. If we truly proclaim ourselves as tru democratsand constitutionalists then we should let the democraticaly established institutions of this country to carry on with their work without any hinderence.

      Bheki - 2010-12-15 09:47

      I fully agree with you- but when Mr Zoom was acquitted on his fraud case he has obtained classified information from the intelligence which nobody is allowed to use, so how do you explain our equality in this case.

      Pete OJ - 2010-12-15 11:53

      Bheki - just keep in mind he was never acquitted. His buddies just decided that he has no case to answer too. I might be wrong, but I think this cartoon appeared before Zuma became president. He could become president becasue he raped the justice system behind the scene

      tony.vanniekerk.35 - 2012-10-19 21:14

      Zuma is desperate to be President for another term because he can be charged once he is not President anymore. Charges that were dropped can be brought again. I agree that Zuma has the right to go to court over the cartoon. I just think it is a bad decision on his part as the cartoon will get a second life.

  • cool_bru - 2010-12-15 09:31

    if JZ can sue for cartoons relating to freedom of speach then the boere must sue Julius Malema for singing shoot the boer.

  • Christopher Braum - 2010-12-15 09:34

    This cartoon and WikiLeaks, amongst countless other examples, offer proof that the media cannot self regulate. The media behave as if they have the right to print what they like with impunity. The states response is to legislate and so the pendulum swings. Perhaps the answer lies in hitting the media where it hurts most and maybe 5 million is not enough. I’m definitely behind Zuma on this one!

      V. Zela - 2010-12-15 09:43

      Be careful he's not behind you

      andrebarendse - 2010-12-15 10:06

      Christopher... Why does the lady who filed the rape charge not get her fair trail? Has anybody thought about her rights? Clearly this government just walk over citizens and their rights as they see fit. And quite arrogantly flatout ignore the constitution and human rights at the expense of their voters. Imagine if one of your children were raped, or their rights abused. would you still sing tune to the sugar coated bullshit. Audi alteram partem - Hear the other side. A basic legal term that gives everybody the chance to be heard before a court of law.

      Christopher Braum - 2010-12-15 11:04

      Andre, as far as I remember she did get her day in court and Zuma was found not guilty of raping her. In a case of he say, she say, the judge has a hard job of it and I seem to remember she had at least one previous case of crying rape and then withdrawing the charge. This would not have counted in her favour. I abhor any abuse of power, be it from the state or the media. As much as I don’t like the fact that Zuma never had his day in court, I dislike as much trial by media. The “thousand words” the cartoon painted amounted to just that and I find the media’s response to the charge no different to Zuma’s response to his. Let the courts decide!

      Pete OJ - 2010-12-15 12:05

      Christopher - the response that governments have against WikiLeads and their trumpted-up charges gives clear reason to the opposite! They hiding so much under secrecy requirements that should be in the public domain. Frantic manoeuvring to ensure the attention is elsewhere. His legal advisors are either stupid (which I don't believe) or part of a plot. They know this is not a winable case. Not after the HSCR expression of the cartoon's position in the public space. Nothing to do with self regulation. We were sold transparency, and now we moving back to apartheid's disgusting days of intimidation and cover-ups! If you are behind Zuma on this one, be careful! He has made several about changes in his life and if you are suddenly infront of him, you might just find yourself being screwed!

      fishgrass - 2010-12-15 13:10

      Your such a sheep. Why not also make the whole world a monopoly of one government.(sarcasm,if you didn't catch it).

  • WiseOwl2 - 2010-12-15 09:39

    He has more than humiliated himself on several occasions - Respect is earned and not given !!!! A president should be beyond sueing, give this one his machine gun!!

  • andrebarendse - 2010-12-15 09:53

    He waited two years because he's using this Zapiro smokescreen for something far more devious and destructive to SA.

  • andrebarendse - 2010-12-15 09:55

    He waited 2 years and he's only using the Zapiro smokescreen now. Something more devious/distructive is happening. Check out provincial borders etc. Something's on the move.

  • Ndlovu - 2010-12-15 10:02

    If one drows a stone int a pack of wolfes...guess.. wich wolfe will screem? Mr Zuma.. if one wanna be an Alpha+ - man... than he should stay above.. even above worst cartoons.. Everything else is just weakness!

  • Thingamebob - 2010-12-15 10:04

    Seig Heil

  • Phoenix - 2010-12-15 10:06

    What a TWAT. How in the hell can you only now after just over 2 years down the line, suddenly want to start suing news papers. It there something the public needs to know about. I think there is a hidden agenda there. Firstly, public opinion is permitted, and Shapiro has been found to be innocent of such discriminatory actions. Firstly Jacob Zuma has thrown the entire countries well being out the window to the wolves, purely to get power and be greedy. But he obviously did not think further than his nose. Because, this cartoon has come and gone 2 years ago. It is now in the past. Instead of showing the people of this great nation how much of a good president he can be, showing us all that he has integrity, honesty, compassion, and wants to sue someone for a petty thing that happened over 2 years ago. That's petty and makes no real valid point whatsoever. Firstly all it makes me think is that he is childish, petty, and holds grudges for stupids reasons. When in fact if he was half the man Nelson Mandela was, he would have gotten a great amount of respect. He has not done anything he promised. He has not done anything except bring more problems, more racism, more fraud, more crime. He needs to grow a backbone and stand up for what the entire country believes in.

      Phoenix - 2010-12-15 10:11

      Nelson Mandela has even openly on television said that he is disappointed in the ANC and what they have become. Before the countries hero has even passed on, the ANC (Mbeki & Zuma as well) have destroyed Nelson Mandela's dreams for a fair and equal nation. Racism starts to die down and then they bring it up again, and refresh peoples minds in the wrong way. But yet you still have idiots supporting them. I don't support any parties, but if I was ever asked to support anyone, I would support the only man (A Hero)that had the backbone to stand up and try to create a new fair and free country. He is the only person that has compassion for ALL his people, ALL of South Africa. Wake up people, why support a lost cause? Do you still believe in the ANC, or is that fact that you believed in Nelson Mandela. He has already denounced the ANC. His disappointment in them is great. But believed in the good of us all, and we are now letting Nelson Mandela down.