Zapiro adores controversy.

Jonathan Shapiro, the famous satirist’s latest cartoon depicts President Jacob Zuma zipping up his trousers as one of the Gupta brothers gets ready to “rape” South Africa, depicted as a woman, with State Security Minister David Mahlobo, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and The New Age editor Moegsien Williams holding her down.

The cartoon is entitled: “She’s all Yours, Boss!” and was published for The Daily Maverick on Tuesday.

Zapiro has had to excuse himself a numerous amount of times to the public.

According to Zapiro however he does not take his recent depiction lightly.

He’s been singing the same song though ever since his first drawing of Zuma preparing to rape “Lady Justice” in 2008.

The 2008 cartoon drew a strong reaction, with many at the time calling into question the apparent trivialisation of rape and rape culture, as well as the “disrespectful” nature of the depiction of the president. 

However, he says the current climate in the country over the Cabinet reshuffle warranted the ‘rape’ drawing.

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According to Zapiro he says the drawing itself was a metaphor that applies to all South Africans.

What are your thoughts on Zapiro’s rape cartoon? Is he insensitive? Is he brave? Or is just plain ole sick?

– Richelle Neethling

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