Born in Cape Town in 1958. Couldn't imagine a career in cartooning, so studied
architecture at University of Cape Town . Couldn't imagine a career in
so tried switching to Graphic Design and promptly got conscripted.
While in the army, became active in the United Democratic Front. Trouble.
Began doing cartoons for progressive organisations and for South .
Detained by security police in 1988 shortly before leaving on a Fulbright
Scholarship to study media arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York .
Had a ball in New York studying under (among others) Art Spiegelman,
Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman.
Returned to South Africa in 1991 and with Story Circle produced educational
comics including Roxy (Aids Education), Tomorrow People (Democracy education)
and A Trolley Full of Rights (Child abuse prevention).
Was editorial cartoonist for Sowetan from 1994 - 2005 and appeared in the
Cape Argus 1996 -1997. Has been editorial cartoonist for the Mail & Guardian
since 1994, the Sunday Times since 1998 and since September 2005 also
appears three times a week in Cape Times , The Star , The Mercury and Pretoria News .
Has published eleven cartoon collections:
The Madiba Years (1996)
The Hole Truth (1997)
End Of Part One (1998)
Call Mr Delivery (1999)
The Devil Made Me Do It! (2000)
The ANC Went in 4X4 (2001)
Dr Do-Little and the African Potato (2003)
Long Walk to Free Time (2004)
Is There a Spin Doctor In the House? (2005)
Da Zuma code (2006)
He has held solo cartoon exhibitions in New York, Amsterdam and Frankfurt
and many in South Africa . Has also exhibited in numerous group shows locally
He has been an invited participant in cartoon events in Cameroon , Botswana ,
Australia , France , the UK , the Netherlands and Italy . In 2003 he was
Africa's only representative amongst cartoonists invited to the World Economic
Forum in Davos, Switzerland and he attended the forum again in 2004,
2005 and 2006.
Resulting from hard-hitting cartoons about South Africa 's former deputy-
president Jacob Zuma, he is currently being sued for R10 million ($1.3 million)
by Zuma for defamation.
In 2001 he became the first cartoonist to win a category prize in the CNN
African Journalist of the Year Awards.
In 2003, 2004 and 2007 he won the Mondi Newspaper Award for
In 2004 the University of Transkei made him an Honorary Doctor of Literature.
In 2005 the Prince Claus Fund of the Netherlands awarded him the Principal
Prince Claus Award. He also received an Honorary Sunday Times Alan Paton
Literary Award and was named Communicator of the Year by Tshwane University
of Technology's department of Public Relations and Business Communication.
In 2006 he won the first Mondi Shanduka Journalist of the Year Award and the
first Vodacom Cartoonist of the Year Award.
In 2007 the Cartoonists Rights Network (USA) awarded him their annual
Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award. He also received a Women Demand
Dignity White Ribbon Award.