Certain individuals are exploiting the situation wilfully to get at the judiciary and the media.
And of course to fire up the racial weapon. What else is left for the ANC in view of its miserable failings?
They should just have ignored the painting. Nobody outside art circles would have paid it much attention. But no, they are exploiting it. THEY are the guilty ones.
Initially, when seeing the painting as depicted here and in the papers, it made no real impression. The featureless, bespectacled face actually did not even remind of Jacob Zuma.
After having been reminded of it continuously, the image of the painting starts to stir for an interpretation. It becomes problematic not to see in one’s mind’s eye a very strong and damning impression of the leader of this country captured in that painting. The impression created by the painting now continues to grow like weed. Rather not take it further. Let everyone make up their own minds.
The message embodied in the painting is POWERFUL and will grow in potency as time unfolds. Much like a zipper unfolding. Sorry, but the ANC and the dishonest exploitation of the situation will backfire.
People will not change their opinions because of marches, threats and court cases. NO. The image of the painting has taken hold in our minds (supporters and non-supporters of the ANC/government) and what it symbolizes will remain and now grow in intensity.
The buyer of the painting can of course now look forward to a hefty profit. And the laughter one imagines the whole episode has caused worldwide will not do this country's image much good.
Sometimnes one can just shake your head in unbelief.
This morning it was made an issue on one of the public radio stations that the same fire and eagerness behind the attack on the painting are absent in some other far more serions and immediate problems and threats like the unavailability of text books in schools.
Makes you think.