The political satire documentary featuring the infamous cartoonist Zapiro failed to be aired on SABC yet again. The Special Assignment episode contains interviews with Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro), and ANC spin artist Mrs Jessie Duarte. For new Wonkie readers who don’t get the Robben Island reference in the second frame, click back to the Zuma does Zol cartoon where Duarte desperately tries to spin that zol in ANC terminology actually means ordinary tobacco.
As far as Wonkie can tell, the most contentious point is that the documentary shows an apt Zapiro cartoon of now president Jacob Zuma dropping his pants getting ready to rape the blind ‘Lady Justice’ as she is pinned down by his political chums in the ANCYL, ANC, Cosatu and SACP. The cartoon created an uproar as it appeared at the time when then ANC-president Jacob Zuma was still trying to get his corruption charges quashed.
Life is certainly getting tough at the SABC – but so what if they can barely afford to pay salaries, let alone buy beloved soapies like Bold & Beautiful. It really needn’t be so if they do what they are told. Perhaps they may even be able to secure some funding from ANC coffers if they continue on their current path and become the official media mouthpiece for the ruling party.
Zapiro’s Z News TV show – basically a hilarious local rip-off of Spitting Image is also yet to get clearance for take off in South Africa. Below is a small snippet of the show in case you haven’t already seen it: