Derek Bauer was born in East London in 1955. His work appeared in South Africa’s newspaper the “Weekly Mail” (which was anti-Apartheid). Bauer’s works are considered to be bloody and violent, but also accurately depict what life was like in South Africa in the 1980s.
He continued his style in the 90s when political parties were banned, political prisoners were released, and the when the country came to have its first democratic elections. As a cartoonist in the “Weekly Mail”, he was replaced by Zapiro.
His work eventually became more mainstream and lucrative, which demanded more of his attention. Bauer died in 2001 because of a car accident.