Zuma reduces claim against Zapiro
President Jacob Zuma has reduced his claim against cartoonist Zapiro from R4 million to R100,000, media lawyer Dario Milo said on Wednesday.
He has also dropped a claim that Zapiro's Lady Justice rape cartoon harmed his dignity, said Milo, who represents the Sunday Times newspaper.
However, Zuma was still claiming that the cartoon harmed his reputation.
The claim related to the cartoon, depicting Zuma preparing to rape "Lady Justice", which was published in the newspaper on September 7, 2008.
Zuma started proceedings in December 2010 against Avusa, the cartoonist Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro and former Sunday Times' editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya in a summons issued in the High Court in Johannesburg.
He was demanding R4 million from Avusa, Makhanya and Shapiro for harming his dignity and damaging his reputation. He has now reduced the claim to R100,000.
Zuma wanted an unconditional apology.
In the cartoon, Zuma, who was acquitted of a rape charge in 2006, was shown loosening his trousers while since expelled African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema, Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe hold Lady Justice down, saying: "Go for it, boss."
The matter is scheduled to be heard in the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.