- South African cartoonist, Zapiro, has been honoured by the French Republic
- This is in recognition of his contribution to the arts
- The 61-year-old said that he was not expecting such an award and was grateful for it
Jonathan Shapiro recently received a top French cultural award to recognise his contribution to the arts. The popular cartoonist was presented the award by the French Ambassador to South Africa.
Earlier this week, Aurélien Lechevallier honoured him with the Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters. He explained that the French awarded those who portray the values of their country.
Speaking to News24, the 61-year-old Zapiro said he did not expect the award. He said that he was honoured by the recognition. Zapiro is known for his controversial pieces which have sparked various reactions in the country.
He has been threatened with lawsuits by politicians several times but most of the charges are eventually dropped.
The artist said he has no intention of stopping what he does, regardless of consequences. Zapiro joins the late musician Johnny Clegg who received the French honour in 1991.
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