SAHRC Clears Zapiro's Over Zuma Cartoon

The South African Human Rights Commission finds that a Zapiro cartoon depicting President Jacob Zuma about to rape ‘Lady Justice’ did not constitute hate speech

The South African 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 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 by the Sunday Times in 2008.

It says the cartoon, which depicts Zuma undoing his trousers while alliance leaders hold down the woman, expressed a level of free, open, robust and even unrestrained criticism of politicians by a journalist and has stimulated valuable political debate.

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