S. African president says cartoon defamed him

December 14, 2010 14:27


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JOHANNESBURG  — South Africa's president filed a $700,000 defamation suit over a cartoon depicting him with his pants undone, preparing to rape a blindfolded, female figure symbolizing justice, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Eric van der Berg, a lawyer for the Sunday Times, said notice from the president's lawyers had arrived at the paper's Johannesburg offices Monday.

The cartoon caused a storm when the Times published it in 2008, two years after Jacob Zuma had been acquitted of rape charges. But van der Berg said Zuma had not followed up on threats to sue until now.

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