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Cartoon fiasco

Johannesburg: Several community organisations have called on the Indian cricket team to boycott the tour of South Africa, next month, in the wake of the Ganesha cartoon controversy, involving cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro.

At a public meeting in Lenasia, the Indian township south of here, hosted by the Tamil Federation of Gauteng (TFG), Hindu, Muslim and Christian religious and community leaders jointly agreed to take several steps to show their protest against the cartoon that appeared in the weekly Sunday Times recently.

The cartoon depicts ‘Ganesha’ as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) holding a cricket bat in one hand and wads of money in another, with Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat lying on an altar at his feet about to be sacrificed by his bosses.