Mr Vala vs Sunday Times

Dear Mr Vala

I have considered your complaint against Zapiro’s cartoon in Sunday Times, and have decided to dismiss it out of hand. Section 1.5.2 of our Complaints Procedures says that this office should not accept a complaint that is malicious. I refer you to your statement that read: “We demand an apology for this insult, or else………………………..face the consequences”.

This office cannot entertain potential threats such as this, irrespective of the nature of the complaint.

You can apply to the Chair of Appeals, Judge Bernard Ngoepe, for leave to appeal against this decision. If so, please do it within seven working days from now. You can direct your application to