ANC pickets outside Primedia offices
The ANC is protesting against a cartoon that depicts members of Cabinet and voters as clowns.
JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) is holding a picket outside the offices of Primedia Broadcasting in Sandton this morning against a cartoon that depicts some members of the Cabinet and voters as clowns.
The cartoon was published on the EWN website on Wednesday and was strongly criticised on social media networks.
The ruling party says it has noted EWN's apology for the offence caused, but has decided to hold the protest anyway.
The cartoonists, Dr Jack & Curtis, have also issued an apology and the image has since been removed from the website.
The ANC says it believes the media needs to counterbalance its freedom with responsibility and regard for the public.
One of the organisers of the picket, Mayihlome Tshwete, said people who voted for the ANC feel insulted by the cartoon.
"We understand freedom of expression and satire, but I think once we get to the point where we are insulting people for practicing their democratic rights, we are losing it as a country."
He said the issue needs to be taken further.
"I believe EWN was irresponsible, their apology wasn't enough. I think they should run adverts speaking about political tolerance."
He said the protest is expected to continue until midday.
Another man at the front lines of the protests said, "They are calling us clowns. They incited us. But we are here peacefully."
It is also understood that a memorandum will be handed over to Primedia by protest leaders.