The dilemma faced by cartoonists over the holiday period is that all the politicians and other news makers go on holiday too so today I was faced with drawing a cartoon about Nelson Mandela coming out of hospital or about the dire road fatality rate. Well, you don't joke about the nation's favourite old man when he's sick, so I had to think about the road deaths. South Africans seem to have a death wish when behind the wheel and with the holidays only half done and the death rate already over 1000, how does one make this remotely humorous? When in doubt, drag up an old joke and retell it. Here's the old overtaking/undertaking concept made tragically new again because one of the major causes of road death seems to be reckless overtaking. Sometimes I'm glad to stuck in my studio over the holidays - at least I'm off the roads.
The ANC has decided it needs to do some serious fund-raising and has come up with some seemingly not so serious ways of doing this. Seems to me the ANC has sold the whole country down the river years ago.
Out in the cold and nowhere to go. I think many South African are feeling between a rock and a hard place. With Jacob Zuma re-elected by the faithful, we are not sure what to expect apart from more of the same. The only positive is that old JUJU and his pals stay out in the cold without a snowball's chance of getting back into the ANC fold.
Minister for National Planning, Trevor Manuel, has declined a nomination to the ANC National Executive, saying he wants to make room for the younger generation. Methinks he no longer wants to be associated with the kleptocrats in the ruling party. Good move, clever Trevor, you know when to make a plan!
The SABC is adamant to show itself as biased and only representing the Zuma faction of the ruling party in the run up to the Mangaung conference.Now they've canned an interview with controversial cartoonist Zapiro. Even without cartoons, the government and their sycophants are the laughing stock of the country.
Those generous Santas to the greater population of SA, The department of Social Development, are at it again. Following the lead of their illustrious leader, Minister Bathabile Dhlamini, who favours staying in the Radison Blu Hotel, the Westin Grand Arabella Quays, the One & Only hotel and the Hilton in Durban when visiting the "very rural areas", the East Cape Department of Social development has been on a spending spree and has run out of money, three months before the financial year ends. This is the same department that has, again following the Minister's example, become involved in a controversy earlier this year for its exorbitant spending on luxury accommodation and travel for senior officials, including MEC Pemmy Majodina.
Their Seasonal message to the taxpayer - "Remember it is more blessed to give than to receive " !
Accountability - obviously a word that doesn't appear in any government documentation. Mr Masualle, one question, if the financial buck for the province stops with you, how can you bemoan the poor audit results ? fire yourself !
Five Eastern Cape municipalities are about to be put under administration by the local Government due to poor delivery and paralysis of the councils by ANC factions fighting for control. Come on ANC, get rid of the rotten eggs and the stink of corruption.
Our emergency medical services are currently on an illegal strike and have effectively shut down most of the regions hospitals. Naturally we sympathize with their pay problems but when there are stories of intimidation, shooting at patient transport vehicles and comments such as "if they die, they die", then it becomes another matter. As if public healthcare was not risky enough in this province !
I am a freelance cartoonist from South Africa. I draw daily editorial cartoons for our local daily newspaper as well as various other stuff.
In my free time I create collage, collect ephemera and all sorts of interesting but valueless stuff and am a somewhat erratic mail artist.