Monday 20 November 2017

Zuma sues paper over rape cartoon

Sam Kingston in Johannesburg

South Africa's president is suing over a newspaper cartoon that depicts him preparing to rape a blindfolded woman representing the justice system.

The cartoon caused a storm when the South African 'Sunday Times' published it in 2008, but President Jacob Zuma had not followed up on threats to sue until now.

Eric van der Berg, a lawyer for the 'Sunday Times', said that notice had arrived at the paper's Johannesburg offices.

Mr Zuma is claiming four million rand (€437,109) for humiliation and degradation, and another one million rand (€109,274) for damage to his reputation.

Prosecutors dropped corruption charges against Mr Zuma before he took office last year. He had also been acquitted of rape charges in 2006.

Irish Independent

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