Black business to support Zuma Spear ‘vandals’

2012-05-24 09:52

Black business has said it would assist the two men who were arrested for defacing Brett Murray’s controversial portrait of President Jacob Zuma.

“While we regret the actions of Barend La Grange and Louis Mabokela who defaced The Spear, we commit ourselves to assisting the two gentlemen in their pending legal defence,” said Black Business Council secretary-general Sandile Zungu in a media statement.

“In particular, we will assist Mabokela, who should further consider suing the Goodman Gallery for the brutality that he was subjected to at the hands of their security personnel,” said Zungu.

TV footage showed Mabokela, who was not posing any physical threat, being head-butted and man-handled by a security personnel after Mabokela smeared paint on the portrait showing Zuma’s genitals.

Zungu described the artwork as an “offensive piece of pornography that masquerades as art” and said it undermined efforts to build a strong South African brand and grow the economy.

“The Spear should never have been placed for public viewing because it singularly undermines our collective efforts towards building a strong South African brand, and erodes our capacity to grow the economy and hence fight unemployment.

“The display of the offensive piece of pornography that masquerades as art, was an affront to the cultural beliefs and sensitivities of the majority of South Africans, who believe that depicting senior members or elders of the community in a demeaning light, is unacceptable,” he said.


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