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Slideshow: The Guardian Celebrates Madam & Eve

Madam & Eve: TwentySouth Africans have been celebrating Stephen Francis and Rico’s brilliant cartoon strip Madam & Eve for twenty years – and now The Guardian newspaper in the UK is joining in.

Correspondent Alex Duval Smith has written an appreciation of the comic that has kept us chortling for two decades, which is accompanied by a “best of” slideshow featuring some of the cartoonists’ favourites.

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As South Africa was disentangling itself from apartheid 20 years ago, a white housewife confessed: “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. For years I’ve been paying my maid Eve only 10 rand for a full day’s work.” A voice behind the confessional grille replied: “I see. Is she available Tuesdays?”

The scene is from Madam & Eve, a celebrated newspaper cartoon that since 1992 has accompanied South Africans through four national elections, a football World Cup, the HIV pandemic and bread-and-butter issues such as crime, race relations, corruption and “bling”. If there was a way to measure the impact of laughter on the country’s peaceful transition, Madam & Eve would bust the clap-o-meter.

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