THE continued insulting of the president does indeed need to be banned. However, it is not only the insulting of President Jacob Zuma that should be banned, but the insult of future presidents, as the South African Communist Party has opined.

Mr Zuma has been insulted, most of the time without facts, thereby his name (was) dragged in the mud unfairly. He may be a public figure, but that does not mean that he should be a subject of insult.

Examples include, among others, "The Spear" portrait, presenting him as a nothing but a rapist by cartoonist Zapiro and many others. Others, like African National Congress rejects, Floyd Shivambu and Julius Malema, have gone on to publicly insult the president by making outrageous claims that he marries every year.

In all that, the president has remained calm. Freedom of expression cannot be a leeway to defaming the president’s character.

Criticise the president on facts, but do not stoop so low so as to insult him.

Clearly a law needs to be enacted so as to protect the office of the president from such gross insults. At the end of the day it is not about Zuma, but the office that he holds.

Kwazi Mthembu