President sues over 'rape cartoon'

President sues over 'rape cartoon'

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South African president Jacob Zuma is suing over a newspaper cartoon

South Africa’s president is suing over a newspaper cartoon that depicted him preparing to rape a blindfolded woman depicting justice.

The cartoon caused a storm when the South African Sunday Times published it in 2008, but President Jacob Zuma had not followed up on threats to sue until now.

Eric van der Berg, a lawyer for the Sunday Times, said notice had arrived at the paper’s Johannesburg offices.

Mr Zuma is claiming four million rand (about £370,000) for humiliation and degradation, and another one million rand for damage to his reputation.

Prosecutors dropped corruption charges that Mr Zuma had been facing before he took office last year. He had also been acquitted of rape charges in 2006.

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