Lady Justice Analysis

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Lady Justice is a cartoon by Jonathan Shapiro, also known with his pen name Zapiro and was published in 2008. The cartoon depicts Jacob Zuma ready to rape Lady Justice who is forcefully held down by Malema, Mantashe, Nzimande and Vavi, with words of instruction from Mantashe saying “Go for it boss!”. According to Milo (2012), Jacob Zuma laid charges against newspaper and Zapiro in December 2010. His complaint was based on the unashamed meaning of the cartoon: that he was readily prepared to abuse the power. He considered the case as unlawful defamation thus ruined his dignity and reputation to the public. Zuma and ANC did not complain about the president as a rapist on the cartoon because it was not meant to be interpreted literally. The rape scene on the cartoon is metaphoric. Role of social media According to Smarty (2016), social media brought people closer to other parts of the world.…show more content…
In that same vein, it is important for an individual to express the viewpoints either to the media, public or to the constitution. In this regard, it is important to make use of freedom of speech because constitution believed that freedom of speech will be a heart for a democratic South Africa and it will be used for truth searching. Furthermore, the artistic expressions by many artists were considered as sources of debates country wide. This include Brett Murray’s The Spear, Ayanda Mabulu’s Pornography of Power and Ingwe ayizidli ngamabala isakuluma ikaka okweSihlunu senyama, ayityiwa ikaka noba ungalamba ungagabha and Zapiro’s Lady Justice cartoon. Each painting is depicting Jacob Zuma in the act of rape which is associated with corruption and abuse of power by the authority. However, Jacob Zuma’s dignity is ruined by his genitals being exposed and that subsequently abolish South Africa’s credibility on the

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