Zapiro's recent cartoon, where he depicts National Prosecutions Authority head (Shaun Abrahams) as a monkey, has angered South Africans.
702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to the 'controversial' cartoonist about the issue.
Listen to his explanation below:
I thought it was intelligible, I thought it would be understandable, I thought it wouldn't be seen as generalised racism.— Zapiro, cartoonist
If the negative associations and connotations is doing more damage than the positive political message that I'm trying to get across in an edgy way, then it's a mistake and I'll re-assess.— Zapiro, cartoonist
Despite multiple criticisms throughout his career, Zapiro said the idea of being labelled a racist is appalling.
This race issue in South Africa right now, I think the dialogue on it is over. I just have to be more careful.— Zapiro, cartoonist
This article first appeared on 702 : 'It was a mistake,' says Zapiro about Shaun Abrahams monkey cartoon