THE latest Zapiro cartoon in the Mail & Guardian has incensed the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), who blasted it as "distasteful" and "deplorable", according to a report on iol.co.za.
The cartoon depicts President Jacob Zuma undoing his pants as Eugene De Kock and Schabir Shaik hold down lady justice. The infamous shower head sketched above Zuma's is etched closer to the president's head.
A speech bubble has Zuma saying: "Begging your pardon."
The cartoon relates to applications for a presidential pardon from both De Kock and Shaik.
Numsa said the caricature "implants in the minds of the public" that Zuma is a rapist despite being cleared of rape charges by a court of law.
"This venomous and personal hatred of President Zuma camouflaged as an artistic skill by Zapiro is a sign of disrespect not only to President Zuma, but to the office and the position he occupies in society as the fourth democratically elected Head of State," the union said in a statement.
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