MEC Lesufi To Take ‘Decisive Action’ Over Zuma Cartoon In Class Work


Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has on Monday warned that he would take a decisive action against a Gauteng school that added a Zapiro cartoon of Zuma into class work and asked learners to comment on it.

A school assignment with questions about a Zapiro cartoon depicting President Jacob Zuma drifting in a pool of cash was reportedly discovered by MEC Lesufi who plans not leave the school without being punished.

Lesufi posted a copy of the question paper on Facebook with the Zapiro cartoon. The drawing shows Zuma drifting in a pool of money with a drink resting on his tummy and sporting his signature showerhead.

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The cartoon which was made by Jonathan Shapiro, was a reaction to the R246 million spent on so-called security upgrades to Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead which included a swimming pool.

School pupils were asked to comment on it by first naming the person in question, and stating if the learner would want to vote for the person on the picture to be president.

One of the pupil who answered the questions said: “No I wouldn’t because he looks way too stupid to think about others and he’s swimming in money which shows that he is selfish when it comes to money.

The learner’s answer was followed by two marks with “good” written next to it.

Reacting to this, Lasuri lashed out on the school saying he would make sure someone falls on this matter.

“How dare you ask school children in class these questions? Forgive me but on Monday, we will act decisively against this school! May I thank the parents who brought this to our attention. Someone will fall, this we can assure you!”

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Gauteng education department spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said the matter was brought to the department’s attention by a concerned parent.

“We take serious exception of this and have requested officials to investigate this matter.”

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