Zuma Drops All Charges Against Zapiro

ZAPIRO DECLINES TO RECIPROCATEAfricartoons welcomes the news that President Zuma has dropped all charges against cartoonist ZAPIRO in what appears to be a response to the best legal advice the president has received on the matter. And if recent reports of Zuma's legal budget are anything to go by, that advice hasn't come cheaply. Who knows how much of the cost of this suit is to be picked up by the taxpayer?Hopefully that issue will soon be brought to light by our thriving investigative journalists, and then duly addressed by Zapiro and his fellow editorial cartoonists. Because an important detail of this withdrawal of the president's case against the cartoonist is that Zapiro, with the backing of his newspaper, has refused to compromise in his stand for free expression.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 by Africartoons

The New Age Commits Jermicide


The New Age, the national newspaper which launched in December 2010 with an editorial policy with a declared bias towards the ruling party, has terminated its contract with its inaugural editorial cartoonist.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 by Africartoons

Africartoons at the African News Innovation Challenge

JOHN CURTIS atTechCamp, Zanzibar, Oct 4-8I’ve been in Zanzibar the past few days, attending a “TechCamp” at the invitation of the African News Innovation Challenge in which is amongst the forty finalists. And it's been amazing. Mixing it up with journalists  and techies, many of whom share an interest in political cartoons, has brought me much encouragement and inspired many ideas for taking africartoons to the next level. Should africartoons’ proposal make it through the selection process which follows this camp, we will be awarded a significant amount of seed money to implement the changes we envisage to make africartoons a truly world class service to the cartoonists, and the greater audience that we deliver their cartoons to. We intend making this sustainable (for the cartoonists and ourselves) by amping up our efforts to find new publishing markets for the cartoons, offer (for those cartoonists who’d like us to) prints and originals for sale, and provide readers of the cartoons on our website and social media outlets an even better experience.  But I’d be very interested in any ideas you may have for our improvement, sustainability or any other opportunities open to us.

Posted on Oct 08, 2012 by Africartoons

Brett Murray talks at Africartoons Exhibit of Spear cartoons

Fine artist and satirist Brett Murray, the painter of the controversial portrait of President Zuma titled The Spear, was a special guest of africartoons at the exhibition of Spear Cartoons we curated as part of the co/MIX Day at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town last weekend. Also at the event were africartoonists Brandan, Chip, Deni Brown, Gavin Thomson, Stent and Zapiro, whose work was on display at the exhibition and as part of africartoons' slide presentation of Julius Malema cartoons.

Posted on Sep 30, 2012 by Africartoons

And the Winner is... ZAPIRO


Despite the judges' observation that the general standard of editorial cartoons has improved over the years, Jonathan Shapiro (pen named ZAPIRO) has once again emerged as the winner of a national award acknowledging his class after his cartoon was adjudicated to be the best by judges of the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards (editorial cartoons category). Zapiro has been the recipient of the award before, going back to its previous incarnation as part of the Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 by Africartoons

Grogan's Crack of Dawn

GROGAN'S 'CRACK OF DAWN' Cartoons appear nationwide every morning in the Independent Newspaper titles. Here are a some of his recent ones...

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 by Grogan

Pimp My Spear

HANGING OUT AT THE GALLERY: Another portrait of a naked President Zuma is causing a stir, following the drama created by Brett Murray's 'The Spear'. The latest version, by Ayanda Mabulu, chucks out the spear as inspiration for his work 'Umshini Wam (Weapon of Mass Destruction)' and replaces it with the president's weapon of choice; a machine gun. Predictably, cartoonists have responded enthusiastically to the development.

Posted on Sep 03, 2012 by Africartoons

Mgobhozi's Zuma cartoon causes an uproar

“This is the work of President Zuma, and here is a picture of President Zuma destroying the pillars of our constitution". With these provocative words, and brandishing a cartoon by Wilson MGOBHOZI, Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC Ivan Meyer (of the DA), launched a vicious attack on the country's ruling party and its president in the Western Cape legislature last week.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 by Africartoons

Jerm's Sunday Timers

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 by Africartoons

Cartoon Moratorium

IT DIDN'T FEEL RIGHT when we began uploading cartoons on Friday morning after seeing the horrific events which occurred at Marikana Mine the day before,

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 by Africartoons