Zapiro hails SA's freedom of speech

Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro says things have opened up in terms of poking fun at politics.

Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro says things have opened up in terms of poking fun at politics.

JOHANNESBURG - Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro says there's a new wave of political satire in the country which has shown how far the country has come in terms of democracy and freedom of speech.

This week puppet master Conrad Koch and Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyer went head to head in the Randburg Magistrates Court after a twitter war.

Koch says Hofmeyer is a "coward" for running to the courts when he was called a racist and felt the consequences of his tweet stating: "blacks were the architect of apartheid".

The court ruled that the singer opened himself up for criticism and therefore cancelled the protection order the singer had obtained earlier this month.

Shapiro, also known as Zapiro, says things have opened up in terms of poking fun at politics.

"Koch is doing an unbelievable job and I we have a vibrant society."

Yesterday "Zapiro" said the singer is a self-confessed racist who deserved the outcome of an unprecedented case against a puppet.