February 28, 2011
The South African Human Rights Commission has ruled in favor of Jonathan Shapiro in the defamation suit launched by ANC president Jacob Zuma over the infamous 2008 cartoon depicting him preparing to rape Lady Justice.
The commission found that the cartoon expressed a level of "free, open, robust and even unrestrained criticism of politicians by a journalist" and had stimulated "valuable political debate".
Joni Els recently interviewed Zapiro in his studio as part of the "Laughing At Tyrants" series at VJ Movement, our sister site.
Previous interviews in the series feature Sherif Arafa of Egypt, Tony Namate of Zimbabwe, and Mario Robles of Mexico.