SOUTH African cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro has decided to detach the notorious shower he depicts in sketches on President Jacob Zumaâ€™s head.
His latest cartoon shows Zuma in his office with the shower hovering above â€“â€“ rather than attached to â€“â€“ his head. The cartoonist said he wanted to give â€œthe presidency a chanceâ€ to get going.
â€œI thought, I will take stock of where we are and give the presidency a chance to get going,â€ Zapiro told the South African Press Association after his cartoon was published in Tuesdayâ€™s edition of The Times newspaper.
It showed Zuma sitting at his presidential desk with a dripping shower hanging above his head, dangling a label saying â€œtemporary suspensionâ€.
â€œDespite my misgivings about Zuma, and despite my belief that it was wrong for the ANC to have him as its presidential candidate, we all have to take stock of the reality that he is president of the country.
â€œSo I said letâ€™s see if I can do gradual change â€” a little transition.â€
The cartoonist promised the shower would return if the president â€œdoesnâ€™t perform or things go wrongâ€.
Zuma has been an unrelenting target of caustic mockery from Zapiroâ€™s pen.
The ANC leader launched legal action last year after a Zapiro piece depicted him about to rape the female figure of Justice, while his political allies looked on. â€“â€“ BBC News.