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Wednesday, 13 November saw the launch of the new book, Take Two Veg and Call Me in the Morning, by
political cartoonist extraordinaire, Zapiro. While the venue, the Fruit and Veg City Cape Town CBD store was in true Zapiro style, tongue in cheek, its proximity to Parliament, ensured that many a political whos-who were there to raise a toast to this king of local satire and social commentary.
Not one to shy from contraversy, its almost a given that Zapiro was behind the choice of guest speaker, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, ex-Deputy Minister of Health who famously challenged President Thabo Mbeki and the Minister of Health, Dr. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, on their HIV/Aids policies, and was consequently dismissed from her position. The title of the book plays on the contraversy surrounding these policies.
Guests sipped on Leopard’s Leap wines while enjoying an insightful speech, followed by some serious networking. Leopard’s Leap was proud to be part of an event that embraces one of the pillars of our democracy, namely the right to the freedom of expression.
ZAPIRO, Take Two Veg and Call Me in the Morning, publisher by Jacana Media, R130
The twelfth annual collection of Zapiro cartoons from the Mail&Guardian, Sunday Times and Independent newspapers. This annual showcases the best offerings from South Africa’s premier political cartoonist. The book promises all the tasteful humour and knife-sharp wit that has immortalised Zapiro as a true South African icon.
Earlier this year Zapiro received in Washington DC the 2007 Cartoonists Rights Network International Award for Courage in Cartooning. He also received the SA Comedy Award for Best Humorous Cartoon, the Mondi Newspaper Award for graphic journalism and a Women Demand Dignity White Ribbon award.
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