- Jerm's cartoon on land reform in South Africa irked EFF leadership after Helen Zille brought it to their attention
- The politicians have condemned the statement made by the image, adamant that its point was invalid
- The artist himself stands by his work, explaining his thought process in a statement
Reconciliation and reform in South Africa recently came back into the spotlight thanks to a cartoon by Jerm.
Briefly.co.za reported that DA federal council chair Helen Zille had earned herself a fair bit of backlash over the image depicting two men discussing land reform.
Zille had agreed with the comment on 'race generalizations' in Mzansi, but the EFF was not so easily swayed.
Land reform is one of the political party's notable movements, with many crediting the progress made to date to the efforts of the EFF.
Naturally, the cartoon prompted harsh backlash from the political party who has arguably been the biggest advocate for expropriation without compensation.
Both spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and former national chairperson Dali Mpofu were adamant past injustices had undeniably occurred.
Jerm has released a statement indicating his surprise at the outrage over an image he penned some time ago.
The cartoonist has defended his stance in the matter, agreeing with Zille's summary that it was a statement on race generalisations.
Applying the actions of a select few to a vast majority should not be so commonplace, explained the cartoonist in a statement:
"Woke folk want to be aggrieved. Their desire is to find offence everywhere so that they can have a “cause” to intersect. If you show them that things aren’t as awful as they make them out to be, then they angrily tweet from their iPhones in an attempt to shut you down. It’s champagne fascism at its finest."
In an interview with eNCA, Jerm revealed that he did not deny past injustices were carried out, including land being taken. Instead, he rejects the notion that every white citizen was implicated in these crimes.
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