Zapiro 'confused' by public outrage over Abrahams's monkey cartoon

In the cartoon, Abrahams is depicted as a monkey dancing to a tune being played by President Jacob Zuma.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Cartoonist Zapiro says he thought the South African public would understand the context of a cartoon where he depicted National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Shaun Abrahams as a monkey.

In the cartoon, Abrahams is depicted as a monkey dancing to a tune being played by President Jacob Zuma.

New Zapiro cartoon depicting President Zuma & NPA boss Abrahams slammed for being racist. What are your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/jkIbpOE0YI

Many South Africans have accused Zapiro of being racist.

We all self-censor every single day. It's part of living in a diverse society. #Zapiro can make his point without using monkeys.



So, are we gonna let Zapiro go with it again in the name of freedom of expression? He has gone too far enough now 😕 pic.twitter.com/XepAiyhbBm



But the cartoonist say he has never intended to create hurtful images that may be viewed as racist.

He says he is confused by the public outrage, adding that while he has drawn similar cartoons before,, they were never heavily criticised.

He says he will review his methods following the backlash over his latest work.

"If the negative associations and connotations is more powerful and is doing more damage than the positive of the political message that I'm trying to get across, then it's a mistake and I will definitely reassess."

LISTEN: Zapiro's response on depicting NPA head Shaun Abrahams as a monkey.