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  • Here we go again: Cartoon of SA president causes Twitter storm

    Here we go again. Another illustration involving South African president Jacob Zuma has the country in a froth. This time though, it's not a painting and it's not hanging in a prominent gallery. The work in question comes from satirical cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro. In the cartoon, Zuma is depicted as an actual penis looking at himself in a mirror. The cartoon, which appeared in the Friday edition of South...

  • What does ‘The Spear’ have in common with Barbara Streisand?

    You know your country’s digital landscape is maturing when locally brewed memes make international news. Brett Murray’s controversial The Spear caused an inadvertent ruckus in the South African media, and web-going South Africans were on the forefront of spreading the word, sharing news content and creating their own graphics lampooning the situation. Thousands of news stories, images and Facebook shares later, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone around the office water cooler or in the grocery store queue who isn’t familiar with the painting. But this raises the question of whether any of this debate would have happened -- in...

  • ‘The Spear': Tweet that ‘broke’ City Press editor’s back is fake

    The latest news in the ongoing 'Spear of the Nation' saga is that the tweet which made City Press editor Ferial Haffajee decide to remove the painting from the website wasn't sent by someone she'd known since university -- but rather by his fan account. In a recent post explaining her decision to take down on the website, Haffajee said: The tweet that broke this camel’s back was one by Patrice Motsepe, the businessman and soccer baron whom I have known since university and with whom I thought I had a congenial relationship. He said I probably don’t want the painting...

  • Twitter reaction to City Press’ removal of ‘The Spear’ mixed

    The decision by South African national newspaper City Press to remove images of 'The Spear' painting from its website has been met with mixed reaction on Twitter. Editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee said she made the decision to remove the image after some of her journalists received death threats. The announcement came barely a day after Haffajee said that she would not remove The Spear from her paper’s website. Some Twitter users felt that...

  • City Press to remove ‘The Spear’

    South African national newspaper City Press will reportedly take down photos of Brett Murray's "The Spear" from its website. Editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee confirmed to the South African Press Association that City Press would remove images of the painting, saying "I just need a bit of time to do it." She said that the decision was made because of concerns for the safety of the newspaper's journalists -- some of whom she said have received death threats. City Press Editor @ferialhaffajee says the #Spear image will be removed from the City Press website.— 567 CapeTalk (@CapeTalk567) May 28, 2012 This announcement comes barely a...