Jonathan Shapiro, the cartoonist Zapiro, has once again used rape as a metaphor in his latest depiction of President Jacob Zuma zipping up his pants, while one of the Gupta brothers appears to be preparing himself to violate 'Lady South Africa'.
The woman in the image is restrained by State Security Minister David Mahlobo, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and The New Age editor Moegsien Williams.
While some have justified his drawing saying they see nothing wrong with it , there has also been angry reaction to the work which resembles the 'Lady Justice' cartoon published in 2008.
South Africa's political discourse is one broken clock. A decade later we are back to Zapiro's insistent use of rape as political metaphor😒— The Native (@Zuko_Godlimpi) April 11, 2017
Zapiro's cartoon is horrible. Rape is not a joke. Rape is not a comedic device. Rape is not a metaphor. It is brutal, degrading, traumatic 💔— Kate Wilkinson 🇿🇦 (@kateomega) April 11, 2017
Zapiro's rape and sexual cartoons must be stopped pic.twitter.com/KHLZMAkdM8— The Instigator (@AmBlujay) April 11, 2017
No one who has followed Zapiro's trajectory since the Shaun Abrahams cartoon should be surprised by this cartoon. He's stopped listening.— Verashni Pillay (@verashni) April 11, 2017
Zapiro says he has been thinking about revisiting the metaphor.
I have not come back to this for a while and I actually didn't think I would...— Jonathan Shapiro, cartoonist
It was in discussion with some of my colleagues that suddenly we came across this notion that actually because of the idea of state capture, Jacob Zuma has seeded this protagonist role which he has been doing, he has actually in my opinion been raping the system, raping the country and metaphorically raping the poor of the country.— Jonathan Shapiro, cartoonist
And he has sorted seeded something of this to these crony allies of his, the Guptas.— Jonathan Shapiro, cartoonist
It is a shocking image of course but it is something that I thought was necessary.— Jonathan Shapiro, cartoonist
Click on the link below to listen to the full interview with Zapiro...