"I can't take responsibility for racists engaged in those kinds of tropes"

As a cartoonist I am always looking for a way to express things in the strongest possible way I can.

Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist Zapiro

Jonathan Shapiro, known as the cartoonist Zapiro, has once again found his work under attack after he used a rape metaphor to describe the current situation in the country.

The cartoon depicts State Security Minister David Mahlobo, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and The New Age editor Moegsien Williams holding South Africa (depicted as a woman) as one of the Gupta brothers gets ready to "rape" her.

In the cartoon President Jacob Zuma is seen zipping up his trousers about to walk away saying "She's all Yours, Boss!" to the Guptas.

Read: **On using rape as an analogy: Caller asks what's so offensive?**

I didn't expect to have anything striking that would take me back to this particular metaphor because it is really problematic as a metaphor.

Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist Zapiro

Rape is the worst violation of a woman.

Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist Zapiro

I disagree with people who are saying don't use that as a metaphor for what is happening in the country.

Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist Zapiro

The woman in Zapiro's cartoon is characterised as a black woman.

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I can't take responsibility for all the racists that are out there who are engaged in those kinds of tropes.

Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist Zapiro

I made absolutely sure that somebody representing South Africa - Lady Justice, Lady South Africa - is black because South Africa is predominately a black country and she is in absolute agony. I am saying this cartoon works on two levels. There is revulsion for the notion of rape and for the violation of women and for the patriarchal violence that exists in our society - and that's what I am portraying - that level of revulsion....

Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist

There are people who are called racist in all sorts of areas in our society - the race card is being played. Jacob Zuma called the marchers the other day racist because there were one or two horrendous posters.

Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist

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