Zapiro writes:

I knew Kader well and had great respect and affection for him. He enjoyed appearing in my cartoons whether they were critical of him or not, though whenever I bumped into him he invariably complained with a twinkle in his eye that I always drew his nose too big. [As an aside in this cartoon, Asmal shouts from the heavens: "...and you're STILL drawing my nose too big!"]

Kader and his wife Louise belonged to the Claremont ANC branch that was later renamed the Gaby Shapiro ANC Branch after my late mother. Gaby was a good friend of theirs.

I admire Kader's courage in recently coming out so strongly against the dangerous Protection of Information Bill (the "Secrecy Bill") while remaining firmly part of the movement he had served so well his whole life long. He was a man of such principle that he wouldn't let the convenience of retirement prevent him from warning loudly and articulately against the undemocratic tendecies and corruption which threaten to undermine the ANC. And of course the very reason he resigned from Pariament was in protest against the scrapping of the Scorpions.

The last time I saw him was at the Franschoek Literary Festival. As I arrived at a session which had just begun, he tugged at my sleeve so I'd sit down next to him. He clearly wasn't well but was still full of his customary wit and humour.

We have lost a great humanitarian, intellectual and activist. I will miss him.



Born in Cape Town in 1958, Zapiro couldn’t imagine a career in cartooning, so he studied architecture at University of Cape Town.

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© Zapiro | Jun 24, 2011 | Mail & Guardian

Asmal The Moral Compass

TRUE NORTH: Kader Asmal could always be relied upon to direct the country (and the ANC) in the right direction. Here,  ZAPIRO lists some of his friend's many values for posterity. [See the column alongside the cartoon for a personal account of their friendship].