oa Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Newspaper cartoons as a reflection of political change during the first democratic elections in South Africa



The first Southern African cartoonists were probably the Stone Age Bushmen whose drawings adorn rock faces in this part of the continent. Modern cartoonists may use more sophisticated equipment but their drawings, although on recyclable print, also reflect a particular part of our history. Are editorial cartoons important in the context of a given part of history? The following view of Schoonraad et al (1989:15) provides the answer: ""A collection of cartoons covering a particular period, will present an unequalled graphic history of political and current events"" , They also add that the state of any nation is reflected by its newspaper cartoons.


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