Zapiro: The answer to terror attack is unity

Drawings in support of the Paris magazine and tributes have saturated social media sites.

Political cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - In a show of defiance, cartoonists across the globe are using their art to react to yesterday's terror attack at the offices of popular French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Drawings in support of the magazine and freedom of speech as well as tributes to the 12 people who died have saturated social media sites.

Eight Charlie Hebdo staff, one maintenance worker, a visitor to the building and two police officers were killed when two armed men attacked the building.

Popular local cartoonist Zapiro has called on society to unite in the face of such attacks.

"We hope that people will stand together, that governments, corporations and media everywhere will stand firm on these principles and ideas."

Society in general and hopefully Muslim leaders in particular need to say that this is not what Islam is about -

My #CharlieHebdo cartoon in the Daily Maverick.

The European Parliament is now holding a moment of silence for the #CharlieHebdo victims

#CharlieHebdo attack hits at France's truest expression of freedom (Pic:J Okpako/Getty Images)

There is nothing more beautiful than when us humans come together to fight hate. #ParisShooting #CharlieHedbo

#Artists around the world pay respects to those killed in the #ParisShooting

At the same time, a prominent Cape Town mosque has condemned the shootings.

The Gatesville mosque's Sataar Parker says, "Terrorism and violence is in no way a manner of seeking peace. We never agreed with the cartoonist depicting pictures of the holy prophet, peace be upon him. That is very sacred to us. But this, in absolutely no way can be any justification for this horrendous attack."

The South African government has described yesterday's shooting as calculated and barbaric.

Four of the magazine's cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.

International Relations' Clayson Monyela says, "The South African government joins the international community in condemning this calculated and barbaric terrorist attack. We have also taken note of and support the United Nations Security council in condemnation of the attack."

An 18-year-old youth turned himself in to police last night. The search for two more suspects continues.