Storm over Zapiro's Zuma penis cartoon

2012-07-06 14:53

Cape Town - Cartoonist Zapiro had social networks abuzz on Friday with his latest cartoon which depicts President Jacob Zuma as a large phallus.

Most Twitter users felt that the cartoon was distasteful and undermined Jonathan Shapiro's often accurate social commentary.

@ina_gouws tweeted: “Listen. It's true that I don't like our president very much. But he is the president & deserves some respect for that. Zapiro went too far”.

Another user @Barry McCallum tweeted “I’m not offended by the #zapiro cartoon. I just didn’t think it was up to his usual clever standards.”

@NomsaRadebe tweeted “Wow @zapiro’s cartoon. What bravery! Yoh!”

@phillipdewet tweeted: "Sounds like the ANC finally gets the Streisand Effect. Mantashe says it won't sue on #Zapiro, so giving attention to "spoilt children".

M&G defends cartoon

Mail & Guardian editor, Nic Dawes, defended the publication’s decision to publish the cartoon.

“Zapiro has a wide degree of latitude to express himself and I don’t think he has overstepped the bar,” he told News24.

The ANC as well as its Women’s League condemned the cartoon in strong terms.

“We find it shocking that after the harsh experiences that South Africa, the president and his family has experienced a few weeks ago, that Zapiro and the M&G finds it appropriate to continue with insults and hurt the president,” the ANC said.

“Zapiro’s cartoons rely on their shock value to make an impact, but calling the president of this great nation a “dick” is unacceptable,” the ANCWL said.

#Zapiro is currently the top trending topic in South Africa on Twitter.

Zapiro is out of the country and unavailable for comment.

- Check out Zapiro's cartoon.

  • bernpm - 2012-07-06 14:56

    "#Zapiro is currently the top trending topic in South Africa on Twitter. " Based on all the excitement from the ladies, I thought it was Zuma's thing.

      al.chemist.7106 - 2012-07-06 15:56

      Storm in a pee cup

      Werner - 2012-07-06 16:03

      @ina_gouws, You earn respect, you don't just GET respect. Our president, Guilty or not, was accused of rape. This was a woman that is not married to him. Does he not have enough wives? He wants an R2Bil aeroplane!! His staff around him steal millions yet he does nothing. He is a weak leader and the result of his weakness are thing like "The Spear" and now Zapiro's cartoon. If he stays president and he continues to "run" the country the way hes has done up to now, you will see many, many more jabs at him!

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-06 16:23

      Oh Collen you are such a retard now STFU and go sit in yoour deprived corner

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-07 03:01

      I haven't seen this cartoon but personally I feel it is totally old news since the Gallery painting furore. Perhaps Zapiro was out of inspiration and needed some exposure for himself, after all he has been out of the limelight for a while now. One cartoon is enough in my opinion. Beyond the bounds of interesting and into the realms of BOOOORRRRIIIINNNNGGGG.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-07-07 11:30

      The tiny e-toti storm of the most corrupted racist president in South Africa. This king of thief's!!!!!

      phuti.hlabane - 2012-07-07 14:20

      Our president should just resign because nobody takes him seriously,respect is earned not forced.He is the one who told the world tht he took a shower after sleeping with an HIV positive woman.

  • musamuskid - 2012-07-06 15:03

    He is suffering from attention seeking disoder, I guess

      sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-06 16:40

      Attention attention attention attention I'm Shapiro .Do you remember me, I'm Shapiro . Come up with something new brother .Now you starting to look like a spear yourself. Respect please.

      liana.loots - 2012-07-06 16:45

      sisa, respect what

      sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-06 16:57

      Ask you parents what Respect mains ?

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-06 17:18

      Again Collen STFU! I guess you want the constitution changed in such a manner that no one can mention the tresspasses of your ruling party? Am I right? And if I am right YOU Collen should remember your voice will be taken away as well! We are mos all eqwaaalll!

      Ann - 2012-07-07 16:09

      @sisa, respect is earned & obviously zooma has not earned any

  • mark.govender.94 - 2012-07-06 15:04

    Jacob Zuma, Shabir Shaik and Julius Malema are flying on the Presidential jet to a gathering in Cape Town when Shaik turns to Zuma and says, chuckling, 'You know, I could throw a R1000 note out the window right now and make someone very happy .' Zuma shrugs and replies, 'Well, I could throw ten R100 notes out the window and make ten people happy.' Not to be outdone, Malema says, 'Well I could throw a hundred R10 notes out the window and make a hundred people happy.' The pilot rolls his eyes and says to his co-pilot, 'Such arrogant jerks back there. Heck, I could throw all three of them out the window and make 52 million people happy.'

      eric.martinsich - 2012-07-06 15:10

      Shame shame shame Mark

      ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-06 15:12

      Ay ay ay with the Cliche Mr Govender

      procold2 - 2012-07-06 16:12

      love it mark, true fact though

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-06 20:56

      (52 million - 1) actually. The one in whose backyard these three land.

      Siva - 2012-07-06 22:45

      Since when is there is a R1000 note?

      ismail.karolia.1 - 2012-07-07 06:52

      great one mark - well done says it all

  • willie.scheepers.18 - 2012-07-06 15:05

    love the fact that he drops the cartoon and then flees the country! Go Zaps! Your'e the man! Hopefully they let you back in!

  • jaco.faling - 2012-07-06 15:09

    We needed another run at this like we needed a hole in the head. Pish

  • luyolo.mgodi - 2012-07-06 15:09

    Zapiro is just bitter of the attention that Bret Murray got over the "spear". I cant hear him screaming "Me too, me too, me too" from that picture..

      musamuskid - 2012-07-06 15:22

      I agree...... he feels like we forgot bout him

  • eil33nn - 2012-07-06 15:10

    Bwahahahahahahahahahaha *breathes* bwahahahahahahahahaha News24 too scared to publish the cartoon like they did the spear?

      musamuskid - 2012-07-06 15:22

      Just saw the

  • cyberdog.breath - 2012-07-06 15:14

    Zapiro, you are our hero. You have always been outspoken against apartheid, and are now speaking against this abuse of South Africans. Yay for free speech. The ANC need to find a creative, and intelligent way to fix their problems. Someone needs to let the government know they are failing badly. And bring in some accountability.

  • norman.motlhabani - 2012-07-06 15:17

    This is more than extreme, yohhh!

  • will.bains.50 - 2012-07-06 15:20

    It is because of people like Zapiro that S.A. wil become another Zimbabwe where whites are hated so much.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 15:30

      And yet they provide your food.

      mbossenger - 2012-07-06 15:48

      Generalise much? You feel it's okay to "hates all whites" because of Zapiro's actions. Presuming you are black, should I "hate all blacks" because you wrote a silly comment?

      TSR01 - 2012-07-06 16:00

      Well said, mbossenger. :) I thoroughly enjoy seeing arguments won with logic.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-06 15:21

    Just do yourself a favour and don't come back here mr Zapiro, I never expect such a Dumb movement from you

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 15:35

      Get it into your head Ditoare and start learning to live with the awful truth, Zuma is rapidly becoming even more disliked and disrespected than Mugabe - and amongst his former supporters, no less.

      minnie.newman.7 - 2012-07-06 15:48

      @scouter, you such a hater, I don't think anyone likes you either, you sound like a horrible person, obviously a racist

      ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-06 15:50

      For your record FOURONE maybe I hate Zuma more than you and Zapiro combined together, I don't hate his sterm I hate the way Zuma do things, but insulting ZUMA and run away it makes Zapiro a DUMB COWARD

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 16:12

      @tiny.newcomer - try your troll like games elsewhere.

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-07 02:32

      @ditoare - ja, running away, just like Zuma did on Freedom Day because he knew he'd be challenged. He's NOT going to do himself a favour, he's going to remain the Zapiro he's always been, and fight the rampant injustice, like he did against apartheid. He's going to do this country and it's people a favour (including your miserable self) continue his quest. Someone should give that man a Bells. He has received the same kind of treatment from the ANC, which shows us the ANC is exactly like the old govt.

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-07 03:16

      For your future comments scouter.fourone please know that combined means put together and it is unnecessary to use both in tandem. This mistake is called tautology just FYI. Another example would be reversed backwards. Duh - dever seen anyone reverse forwards? Reverse means go back or return whence you came. There is a slim possibility that Zapiro did this cartoon a while ago and submitted it but it was only published today because there was nothing more titivating to replace it. His absence abroad is not necessarily linked to the date of publication.

  • WitWolf - 2012-07-06 15:24

    Well done Zapiro! The truth as it is! You just should have added the anc to it as well!!! Right on! Right on!

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-06 15:33

    Well done Zapiro. The man is a nob!

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-06 15:34

    Now can Zapiro please make it the ANC emblem as well. Thanks.

  • Mutsharini - 2012-07-06 15:34

    Its sad that M

  • yusufchinyengetere - 2012-07-06 15:34

    instead of building and uniting the country, popular people i.e anc people, d.a people, ancyl, artists etc, are busy destroying and dividing it..cant we just wake up and improve our the space, we creating another zimbabwe...

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-07 02:35

      Yusuf, the problem is the awake people are few, and the sleeping morons are many. When you try wake people up, you're racist, and you hurt Zuma's feelings. When you try wake people up, the @#W$^#& govt tries to gag the press.

  • willem.els - 2012-07-06 15:35

    Very Useful article without the cartoon

  • Vadyamina Jazz Maruvha - 2012-07-06 15:35

    This Zapiro guy is starting to attack us black people ,all i can say is good luck to him

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-06 15:39

      Im dont see the shower on the head

      mbossenger - 2012-07-06 15:49

      Actually, he attacked one person - the fact that you generalise this to include all blacks paints you as a bit of a racist...

      ann.ornelas - 2012-07-06 16:20


      ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-07-06 16:31

      No. He is attacking an evil idiot who happens to be black. You are black and I don't know if you are evil, but I do know something about you after your comment.

      Siva - 2012-07-06 22:53

      What rubbish, says a lot about how racist you are. He is attacking a useless, incompetent "leader"...that is, ONE person. How on Earth did you get "us black people" out of that?

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-07-07 10:40

      He attacked one black person, not cos he is black, cos he is a dick. Can't you understand that? Black racists make me sick!!

      Fiona - 2012-07-08 12:15

      @Vadyamina, Zapiro is NOT attacking a black person, merely attacking an INCOMPOTENT one... there is a difference. Idiots come in all colours.. PW Botha was an idiot, Sadam Hussein was an idiot, Pot Pol was an idiot, Zuma is an idiot... Get the picture, all of these men are different colours, the SIMILARITY is that they are all TWATS of the highest order, sho had NO regard for the people they are MEANT to lead!!! Wake up and smell the coffee, black, white or with milk... Your choice... but take the colour out of it Mr Man.... Idiots are idiots and always will remain idiots, irrespective of their colour!!!!!

  • Castotr - 2012-07-06 15:35

    Viva Zapiro Viva

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-07-06 15:37

    Perhaps a variation on the old joke about a king having a kingdom, an emperor an empire and SA being a country.......

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-06 15:41

      Sorry i missed it I see it now

  • mxolisi.mchunu - 2012-07-06 15:37

    Zapiro's actions are far reaching, more than many can ever imagine. I feel sorry for that white boy who will graduate and struggle to find a job at Government because of people like Zapiro who have perpetuated this hatred for black people

      mbossenger - 2012-07-06 15:51

      Thanks for insulting me; but I am quite capable of making up my own mind about people without Zapiro's input.

      bvniekerk - 2012-07-06 15:54

      The reaction, unfortunately, will be directed at people who never see a copy of M&G

      Derek Gerber - 2012-07-06 16:01

      No you dont't, but it gives insight to your mentality and idea who is a preferred employer.

  • fran.aphane - 2012-07-06 15:38

    I am so tired of hearing about Zuma and his whatever, the spear and all. Hell, isn't there anything the president can be concerned about really than a me, myself and I attitude? He has 22 children, so illegitimate, is that not enough attention that you are given? Guess what, your ANC women and your cadres maybe worried or concerned about that but the majority of us SA ordinary people don't? So Mr Honorable President please get a life.

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-07 02:37

      Hey Fran, do you think while he's getting a life that maybe we can ask him to leave the country - he can join Mugabe - Bob could learn a thing or two from him.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-06 15:38

    Brett Murray is keeping the tittle, just accept to be the second from the begginer(brett) he was around to bask against the fire he started, he was not a coward to run away, you are such a disgrace

      theo.konings.9 - 2012-07-06 16:08

      No spell check either Ditsy ?

  • Khutso - 2012-07-06 15:45

    Hardly a day the social cohesion was held with great success and optimism, an idiot comes such malice and deragotory folly is mind blowing. Shame on zapiro for his disrepct of our country. His aim is to divide and cause chaos. Sis, he is a maron period.

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-06 16:07

      He never disrespected the country moron.

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-07 03:01

      shame on YOU for your blind stupidity. ZUMA is the one who disrespects this country, AND its people. Have you been away for the last 15 years or something? Have you SEEN what this horrible man and his thugs have done to the country? wake up you fool, Zuma has fcked his way through four wives, and countless mistresses. He has been implicated in RAPE, FRAUD AND CORRUPTION. Stil think Zapiro is the problem? This man and his posse are dismantling everything that the ANC achieved in a 100 years. Malice??? get a dictionary. The malice lies deep within the ANC.

  • Barryboots - 2012-07-06 15:46

    Not something I'd show my children with pride and encourage them to read the news... Enough already

  • mxolisi.mchunu - 2012-07-06 15:48

    This is not art, it's hatred. Zapiro is angry and disgruntled. He is putting up this façade that he's an advocate for justice, and unfortunately, he's been able to draw everyone into his own world of hatred and bitterness.

      Gerasimos - 2012-07-06 17:11

      Where is the hatred? Where is the art? Its a cartoon of a incompetent leader who deserves the derision of the nation.One day you will be bitter when you find out that your glorious leaders have stolen your education and your future so that they could live like gluttons.

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-07 03:11

      You need to get set straight, bud. Zapiro SHARED JAIL CELLS WITH YOUR BROTHERS because he was defending the rights of YOU and your family. Was he disgruntled and bitter then too? The problem is that some black south africans will hang on to the injustices of apartheid, and perpetually cry "racism!!!", but only when it suits them. Zuma has drawn YOU and millions of south africans into his own world of lies, corruption, fraud and corruption. Zapiro hasn't change, mate, he's doing what he did in the apartheid days. He's speaking out against the evils in this country, of which Zuma is clearly the ring leader. Answer me this - are you OK with what's happening in SA because of the ANC? You ok that kids sat for seven months without text books? You ok that he was in the dock for RAPE? that he's been implicated in massive fraud charges? There's no hatred and bitterness here my friend, but it's very interesting to me that YOU bring it up.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-07-06 15:50

    Nobody's winning here. Cartoon is silly and childish. Zapiro needs new ideas. The whole thing has become a bit stale.

  • ndokweni - 2012-07-06 15:57

    No comment

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-07 03:16

      erm... you mean no comment other than the comment you just made?

  • lmapheto - 2012-07-06 15:58

    Thats the freedom we fought for and its enjoyed by Zapiro the most, he is getting the publicity and fame you give him...let alone the fat pay cheque from madness and greediness (M&G).

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-07 03:27

      how quickly you forget the heroes who fought for change and justice. You say "freedom we fought for". Please clarify - what "fighting" were you doing? Ever get arrested on political grounds? Ever spend a night or two or three in jail? Have you ever done anything over and above whatever pissing and moaning all of us do in the safety of our own envinronments around our friends and family? Zapiro has earned MORE freedom than you, me, and most others. I took this from your own Facebook page: "There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn" Take a step forward, bud. Learn those hard facts about your president to understand why Zapiro continues to put the spotlight on this man, alleged rapist, implicated in crime so big it's treasonous, who has unprotected sex and then takes a shower to avoid being infected. and perhaps read up on how Zapiro was defending your rights before you and I could even spell.

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-07-07 15:01

      Michael J Anderson, well said! How quickly people like Zapiro and Hellen Zille are forgotten for the roles they played during apartheid, and that were integral in the abolishment of it, yet are declared racist because they are white even though they are standing up for the very same principles they defended back then.

  • fmurimigwa - 2012-07-06 15:59


      Rodney - 2012-07-06 16:09

      Respect is EARNED, not a god given right. Because the masses elected an undereducated, oversexed, corrupt nepotist idiot to be the boss does not mean he automatically gets respect from them. Zuma has disrespected the position he holds by his behaviour, nothing more, nothing less. I do have to agree with you on one point, there are definitely far more important issues to be discussed than a silly cartoon, like getting rid of the man the cartoon portrays for one.

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-07 03:33

      I stand by you completely. But I only stand by you if the leader in question has morals, principles, integrity, and hasn't been pulled into court on rape charges, and dodged charges of massive fraud and corruption. You want me to respect someone who has FOUR wives and forces me to pay for all of them? You want me to respect a leader who has no respect for the people? Whose party has leeched off the SA people for over a decade? If Zuma can spend ONE HOUR not lying, or lining his own pockets, or trying to spend 2 BLOODY BILLION on a jet, then I might consider respecting him. But I don't, and neither does any sensible educated person. He's a reptile and a parasite. He should be locked up for the crimes we know that he's committed. And I'd like to re-open that rape case, I'm sure if he wasn't president, the case would have gone another way. I'll tell you what's disgraceful and should not be tolerated: Zuma. ANC. CORRUPTION. Late textbooks. Gravy trains.

  • joy.termorshuizen - 2012-07-06 16:01

    I love that cartoon....very funny, well done Zapiro.

  • Tony - 2012-07-06 16:04

    Act like one....................

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-07-06 16:06

    mchunu ,remember " i before e except after c " ......

      marelizej - 2012-07-06 16:27

      .... and except after Old Mc Donald had a farm.... ;-)

  • FirstSeed - 2012-07-06 16:09

    I ALWAYS enjoy Zapiro's cartoons, BUT I think he disrespects JZ

      Gerasimos - 2012-07-06 17:13

      Of course he disrespects Zuma. Who in his right mind wouldn't?

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-07 03:36

      You're one of the clever ones, aren't you? OF COURSE he disrespects Zuma. Zuma is everything that is to be disrespected in this country. He has earned FVCK ALL respect from anyone. If he could steal respect, no doubt he would, but respect can't be stolen, only earned. And Zuma has yet to start earning any respect. He'll make many people happy, and fix the country's woes simply by jumping off a cliff.

  • emil.vanmoorsel - 2012-07-06 16:13

    You know i believe it is time to leave the man's private parts alone .I think it is perverse and unapropriate .I am no lover of Zuma but agree that this is going to far .There are more important issues you could tackle him and the ANC on.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-06 16:13

    Mantashe sounded a tone of resignation when he said that the ANC will take no action against Zapiro or the M

  • gski700902 - 2012-07-06 16:15

    “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.” Oscar Wilde . Whichever way you look at it, Zapiro, M&G and Zuma are all at the top again. Ain't publicity grand?

  • eddie.botha.3 - 2012-07-06 16:21

    I think Zapiro is over-killing the point. I think he is doing reconcilliation a lot of harm. But then, he could always go off Tel Aviv! Perhaps he should now concentrate his poisonous pen on the other apartheid - Israel's treatment of the Palestinians!

      Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-06 17:08

      Hope u r the eddie botha who wrote for daily dispatch. It was marvelouse reading your incisive articles.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-06 16:27

    If Zuma had treated the incident casually this would all never have happened. He brought this on himself.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-07-06 16:35

    In view of furore that "The Spear" generated within the public and the latest cartoon both of which called upon the Anc to issue a statement, I wish to advise the President not to run for the second term to save himself (and the Anc) the embarrassment. On the other hand, if indeed people so love the Anc, they should not vote for Zuma for the second terms in Mangaung.

  • abdulrazak.modak - 2012-07-06 16:37

    zap it zap!.........................we had one ex-spear-i-ment already!

  • WitWolf - 2012-07-06 16:45

    zuma did it to himself. Just like the anc is doing it to themselves.... Your reputation is what YOU make of it...

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-07-06 16:52

    Perhaps Zuma should be flattered by the "big penis"? Maybe it isn't that big after all. But Zulu men are known to be WELL-endowed!

  • mouja.hakim - 2012-07-06 17:09

    How come no-one is calling this a racist cartoon? Have we broken new ground somewhere?

      Rodney - 2012-07-06 17:30

      In what way exactly is this a racist cartoon? Please don't say it's racist because a white guy drew a cartoon of a black guy, because that is too ridiculous to even contemplate. If this is your logic, then it follows that a white guy taking photo's of black people and putting them in a magazine must also be racist.

  • mlulami.dike - 2012-07-06 17:35


  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-06 17:46

    After it has been deleted here we go again: The ANCWL just wants a piece of Zoomerspear for bedtime! Zoomer how could you let these wanting ladies down???

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-06 17:48

    Zoomer you let the ANCWL down dude! Give dem ladies saam spear dey are waaanting it!!!

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-06 17:49

    Joh auto delete is a bitch!!! you cant say ANCWL and speea in the same sentence! Even though they waaant it!

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-06 18:14

    If you wonder where are the racists white are hiding?? Jus browse to news24 then uve got an answer

  • zamani.myende - 2012-07-06 18:17

    Oh Zuma again? Kwasukalokho futhi!