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Zapiro is Jonathan Shapiro. Born in 1958, he went through school in Cape Town, architecture at UCT, conscription, activism, detention and a Fulbright Scholarship to New York before establishing himself as South Africa’s best-known cartoonist. He is editorial cartoonist for Daily Maverick. Previously he was published in the Mail & Guardian, Sowetan, Sunday Times, Independent Newspapers and The Times. As an activist in the 1980s, he drew for the UDF and for South (1987–88). He has published 27 bestselling annuals and four special collections. He has won numerous international and South African awards and has two honorary doctorates.

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