Hindus angered by Zapiro cartoon

The organisations described the cartoon as a "flagrant disrespect and denigration of our glorious Hindu faith", The Star reported on Monday.

The cartoon, carried on Shapiro's website on Sunday and in the Sunday Times, shows Lord Ganesha holding a cricket bat and money, while Cricket SA (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat, tied up on an altar, is about to be stabbed as a sacrifice to him by two CSA officials.

The cartoon refers to the CSA agreeing to suspend Lorgat for the duration of India's tour to South Africa after its hand was apparently forced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

According to the newspaper, the South African Hindu Dharma Sabha was expected to lay a formal complaint on Monday with the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities.

Dharma Sabha president Ram Maharaj told the Star he had been inundated with calls from angry Hindus. Maharaj reportedly said they wanted Zapiro to do what was right, and were willing to accept an apology.


The newspaper reported that South African Hindu Maha Sabha president Ashwin Trikamjee had said the cartoon showed a lack of respect for religious beliefs.

South African Tamil Federation head Pauline Naidoo echoed his sentiments. ​– Sapa

Subscribe to the M&G for R2 a month

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

And for this weekend only, you can become a subscriber by paying just R2 a month for your first three months.

Sapa
Guest Author

Related stories

Carlos on the world’s weirdest relics

Some curiosities should only seen in a museum.

Carlos on safety first, Russia-style

Who cares about safety when you are first?

Meet Katoto, Museveni’s big fan

The TV cartoon character — think Homer Simpson meets Robin Hood — with added propaganda

Cartoon: Carlos on the wolves at the door

Knock, knock: it's Hunger

Cartoon: Carlos on the demise of SAA

The airline that ate the poor and subsidised the rich

Gamechangers: The morphing landscape of South Africa’s media

Two books on two media outlets, Daily Maverick and Independent newspapers, tell stories of success and failure
Advertising

Subscribers only

ANC: ‘We’re operating under conditions of anarchy’

In its latest policy documents, the ANC is self-critical and wants ‘consequence management’, yet it’s letting its members off the hook again

Q&A Sessions: ‘I think I was born way before my...

The chief executive of the Estate Agency Affairs Board and the deputy chair of the SABC board, shares her take on retrenchments at the public broadcaster and reveals why she hates horror movies

More top stories

DRC: Tshisekedi and Kabila fall out

The country’s governing coalition is under strain, which could lead to even more acrimony ahead

Editorial: Crocodile tears from the coalface

Pumping limited resources into a project that is predominantly meant to extend dirty coal energy in South Africa is not what local communities and the climate needs.

Klipgat residents left high and dry

Flushing toilets were installed in backyards in the North West, but they can’t be used because the sewage has nowhere to go

Nehawu leaders are ‘betraying us’

The accusation by a branch of the union comes after it withdrew from a parliamentary process
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…