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article imagePresident Zuma disgusted at 'penis cartoon' by Zapiro

By Anne Sewell     Jul 6, 2012 in World
Cape Town - Johathan Shapiro, otherwise known as "Zapiro" is a cartoonist. He depicts satire in various government-related cartoons for South Africa's newspapers. Now he is really in trouble.
One of Zapiro's most famous cartoons depicted President Jacob Zuma with a showerhead coming out of the top of his head - this because Zuma had publicly announced, after sleeping with an HIV infected woman, that he had showered, and that he would be OK.
Now it seems Zapiro has gone a tad too far, with his latest depiction of Zuma as a penis.
The ANC Women's League in South Africa has condemned the cartoon, which features Zuma as an erect penis, and was published last Friday. The cartoon in question can be viewed here.
"David Shapiro has taken his attempts at satire too far," the league said in a statement. OK, his name is actually Jonathan, but that is besides the point.
In his cartoon, Zapiro drew an erect penis with a face and legs and the famous showerhead on its head looking at itself in a mirror.
In the bottom corner of the mirror is the signature of Brett Murray and the name of the Goodman Gallery also appears in the cartoon.
Beneath the heading of the cartoon "The Spear to be raised at Social Cohesion Summit", Zapiro includes a poem, which the ANCWL felt was an insult to people who suffered under apartheid.
What caused the whole idea of the cartoon was a painting, titled "The Spear", by artist Brett Murray, which has since been defaced, which features a depiction of Zuma with his genitals exposed.
The ANC led a March to the Goodman Gallery, where the painting was displayed, to register its protest, as well as a court application to have it removed from the gallery.
The ANC stated, "The Zapiro cartoons rely on their shock value to make an impact, but calling the president of this great nation a 'dick' is unacceptable and the WL (Woman's League) would like to know who the 'we' he is referring to in the cartoon actually is, as the majority of the population who voted for the president clearly did not think this of Zuma."
Zuma is famous for his sexual exploits and many wives, which adds to the meaning of the cartoon.
Mail & Guardian editor, Nic Dawes told News24 that he defends the publication's decision to publish the cartoon saying, “Zapiro has a wide degree of latitude to express himself and I don’t think he has overstepped the bar.”
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