Mangena writes:

that after Buthelezi purchased the original of this cartoon from him to give to Mandela, the cartoonist created another original for the Zulu chief so that both leaders could have one.



BETHUEL MANGENA is a committed editorial cartoonist with a no-holds-barred approach. After studying fine arts (Wits Tech) he studied 3D animation (Boston Media House).

In 2002 he was invited to France…>

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© Mangena | Jan 09, 2005 | Sunday World

2004: Together against HIV Aids

In this beautifully crafted yet tragic cartoon by Mangena, old political opponents Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Nelson Mandela sit side by side, mourning the loss of their children to HIV/Aids. Their political differences have been neutralised by their sadness. In a bold challenge to the stigmatisation of Aids, each family came out about the true cause of the deaths.

In an instance of life imitating art, the Zulu leader - touched by the cartoon - purchased it from the cartoonist and presented it to Mandela as a token of solidarity in their joint fight against a common viral enemy. As a goodwill gesture, Mangena drew a second version of the cartoon, so that Buthelezi could keep an original of it too.