Zapiro's Homo Naledi cartoon has raised questions about freedom of expression. 702's Stephen Grootes spoke to former ANC chief whip, Mathole Motshekga, who said the likening of NPA leadership to a sub-human species is a racial attack and a violation of the country's constitution.
Listen to the full conversation below:
In my view, this behaviour puts freedom of expression at the center. Is this freedom of expression limitless and to what extent? Especially if it is used to violate the dignity of the officials of the state. What does that mean? I will however leave these to the courts that are independent and able to make of this in terms of the constitution.— Dr Mathole Motshekga
The cartoon, published in The Times today, shows Homo Naledi with a CV in hand outside a National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) building, which has a shower-head over its emblem. Below the emblem are mugshots of NDPP Shaun Abrahams' deputy, Nomgcobo Jiba, and new Hawks head, Berning Ntlemeza.
Abrahams, who receives Naledi's CV at the door, has a speech bubble with the words: "... Brain with the size of an orange... Don't know truth from lies... You're hired".