SA cartoonist wins overseas awards

Sowetan Reporter

Sowetan Reporter

Durban-based graphic artist, muralist and political cartoonist, Nanda Soobben has scooped three international awards.

The latest triumph in a career that has spanned more than 27 years, Soobben won a Special Congressional Recognition Award at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco.

He received an Amnesty International Award for "speaking the truth through the power of cartoons".

Soobben was also recognised with a Certificate of Honour from the mayor of San Francisco for "showing leadership through his work".

Soobben's entry was entitled "Cartoonists Don't Lie, We Only Exaggerate the Truth".

Soobben said: "Life has not changed much for me in South Africa, so it is wonderful to be recognised for my work abroad."

Soobben was the only black political cartoonist to have been published during the apartheid era.

He has come a long way since winning a drawing contest at the age of nine and transforming walls at Clairwood Boys' High.

He is currently a featured sports cartoonist in two KwaZulu-Natal newspapers.

His incisive, humorous work is syndicated to nearly 200 newspapers worldwide, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.