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December 18, 2008

ANC’s Jacob Zuma Sues Zapiro

In a move that surprises no one except perhaps for the timing of it, African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma has sued the popular South African cartoonist Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro for a September cartoon showing him raping that country's judicial system. Zuma had earlier been acquitted of rape charges, which combined with the severity of the imagery made the cartoon an items of great controversy when it came out. In fact, the negative reaction to it on Zuma's behalf was considered a political victory for the oft-criticized and occasionally unpopular party leader. According to the piece, the complaint was drawn up a week after the cartoon's publication. Zuma is suing for an amount just over $700K.
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