The South African sports minister, Fikile Mbalula has criticised and disapproved of the latest cartoon by SA’s renowned cartoonist Zapiro.
Zapiro’s work portrayed the newly appointed Springbok coach Allister Coetzee trying to catch two rugby balls at the same time, one marked 'transformation' and the other marked 'winning'.
People also lashed out at the cartoonist on social media, accusing him of racism.
CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist about his latest work and the criticism surrounding it.
Zapiro says he was shocked by the comments his latest work received.
Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:
It is one of those things that happens in cartooning where one or two people read it in a particular way and is a cartoon that has a degree of ambiguity then things can just sort of swing against it in a way you didn’t anticipate.— Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist
I am not denying that people can receive a message in a way that you don’t intend it. This cartoon is like many cartoons that I have done…— Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist
I certainly did not expect that people would say that I don’t support transformation… I’ve always supported transformation and still do…— Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist
How is it that Newspapers allow such racism to be published ?— RSA Police Minister (@MbalulaFikile) April 14, 2016
Zapiro equates Transformation to failure. Insulting pic.twitter.com/oFcVIFs6GB
Zapiro racially degrades Black people today & makes up for it by insulting Zuma next day...and it's all forgiven! https://t.co/q7o4pjaFWZ— Moloto Mothapo (@MolotoMothapo) April 14, 2016
Zapiro basically saying Boks cant win while playing black players. This man is racist and media still use him pic.twitter.com/3ADHOJ6VG8— Mayihlome (@MTshwete) April 14, 2016