Wtf Capturing Zuma - Zapiro (Paperback)

A Cartoonists Tale

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Product Details

1 Jul 2018
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa


Jonathan Zapiro Shapiro
Zapiro Zapiro
Mike Willis
Mike Willis (Contributor)
Mike Wills
Paperback / softback
Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
Number of Pages
240 x 215 x 15mm (240g)


WTF is renowned cartoonist Zapiro’s account of the Zuma years in 400 brilliant cartoons and the stories behind them. It is much more than a collection of cartoons, it’s also a definitive personal record from a man uniquely positioned to reflect the serious craziness and the crazy seriousness of this bewildering time in our history. Zapiro’s career has been tightly entwined with the tale of Jacob Zuma for more than twenty years. He has sharply charted his rise and fall, and everything in between, including the corrupting presence of the Guptas and the destructive cancer of state capture. And he created the iconic showerhead which has become a nationally known symbol of Zuma.

WTF recounts the many times the cartoonist was threated by senior political figures because of his caustic and brilliant work, as well as the two lawsuits totaling R22m he was served with by Zuma. Zapiro’s cartoons stand as an essential, bitter-sweet testimonial which captures Jacob Zuma and the wild ride he took the nation on. It also reflects and explains the significant presence Zuma still has in our politics.


General Subject
BISAC Subject 2
Political Science / Political Process / General
BIC Classification 1
Political leaders & leadership
BIC Classification 2
Political corruption
BIC Classification 3
African history
BIC Classification 4
Parodies & spoofs
BIC Classification 5
Political corruption

Author Bio

Zapiro is Jonathan Shapiro. Born in 1958, he went through architecture at UCT, conscription, activism, detention and a Fulbright scholarship to New York before establishing himself as South Africa's best-known cartoonist. He works as the editorial cartoonist for Daily Maverick. Previously, he was editorial cartoonist for The Sunday Times (1998-2018), Mail & Guardian (1994-2016), The Times (2009-2016), Sowetan (1994-2005), Cape Argus (1996-1997), and Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury and Pretoria News (2005-2008). He has published 22 best-selling annuals as well as The Mandela Files, VuvuzelaNation (a collection of his sporting cartoons) and DemoCrazy (a collection of his cartoons spanning the 20 years of SA's democracy).