A South African private school has apologized for a test question that had a Zapiro cartoon depicting President Jacob Zuma in a pool of money.
The school children were asked to name the man in the Zapiro cartoon, as well as whether they would vote for him.
One of the pupils answered, “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 answer received two ticks indicating it was correct.
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The apology was confirmed by the Gauteng education department through a statement published on Facebook.
“Given that the matter had largely been viewed as insensitive, offensive and distasteful by the public, the school principal has apologized sincerely for any hurt or distress caused by the use of the cartoon in the English Visual Literacy test.
“The principal has assured the Department that there was no malice intended and that the school will refrain from using any cartoons that have a potential of causing any form of distress or confusion.
“The Department therefore welcomes the apology from the school and accepts the decision of the school to refrain from using such cartoons in future,” a part of the statement said.
The cartoon was originally drawn by popular South African cartoonist Jonathan ‘Zapiro’ Shapiro. It shows President Zuma floating on a pool of money. The Zapiro cartoon symbolizes the scandals that have plagued the president for years now.
The shower head in the images symbolizes a rape allegation against President Zuma to which he said he had taken a shower after having sex in order not to contract HIV. This led to his acquittal although many believe him to be guilty.
The swimming pool also symbolizes the Nkandla upgrade scandal which involved Zuma using tax payers money to upgrade his home in Nkandla. The upgrade included a swimming pool which was referred to as a ‘fire-fighting reservoir’ , among others.