Arts, Culture & Media

Cartoon Slideshow: A Painting Causes an Uproar in South Africa

Marco Werman speaks with The World's Cartoon Editor Carol Hills about the emotional and historical buttons pushed by a satirical painting of President Jacob Zuma. "The Spear" by Brett Murray had South Africans fuming and counter-fuming for three weeks until it was taken down on May 30th by a Capetown gallery.

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The painting that launched a thousand political cartoons in South Africa is called "The Spear".

It's by a South African satirical artist named Brett Murray but President Jacob Zuma found nothing funny about it.

Three weeks of protest marches, boycotts, counter-protests, editorials, finger-wagging, and sober discussion about the role of free speech in the New South Africa have followed the painting, which was hanging in a Capetown gallery until May 30th.

It's now down but you can see some of the cartoons it inspired in this slideshow by The World's Carol Hills.

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    (Left) A painting of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at an exhibition in Johannesburg. (Photo: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko) | (Right) The painting after it was vandalized by protesters. (Photo: Reuters)

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    A painting of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma at an exhibition in Johannesburg after it was vandalized by protesters. (Photo: Reuters)