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ANC, gallery to hold joint media briefing

2012-05-30 07:20

Johannesburg - The ANC and the Goodman Gallery will brief the media on Wednesday on the details of an agreement they reached after a march in protest against a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals.

The briefing would be held at the Goodman Gallery, in Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, where the artwork was initially shown, it said in a statement on Tuesday night.

"Both ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu and Goodman Gallery director Liza Essers will be present at the event," the gallery said.

On Tuesday, ANC supporters marched to the gallery to express their disgust of the painting. A memorandum was handed to the gallery's management.

SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande was insisting that the painting not be surrendered to the German who bought it for R136 000.

The painting The Spear by artist Brett Murray was part of his Hail to the Thief II exhibition. It has since been defaced and removed from the gallery.

An image of the painting has been removed from City Press’ website.

Comments
  • Hadebe - 2012-05-30 07:31

    And service delivery is put on hold whilst all hands are on deck on this trash?

      Henri - 2012-05-30 07:37

      they going to agree to tell the uninformed that the strike was for service delivery and the painting to be restored and can stay on for show.

      Paul - 2012-05-30 07:59

      The only ones gaining from this are the LAWYERS!!

      Vic - 2012-05-30 08:01

      Hadebe, perhaps it should be all hands on dick! Who knows, maybe one day it will be about service..... and delivery of a baby!

      Valecia - 2012-05-30 08:34

      @vic so true coz the government is providing all south africans with child support grant as well.

      Riaan - 2012-05-30 08:46

      Where are our Priorities????? The controversial painting has now been defaced. 2 guys (a white & a black) were arrested. The ANC’s court case is going ahead on Thursday to force the gallery to remove the artwork. - A 17 year-old mentally challenged girl was gang raped & the video went viral. No one marched. - An 8-year-old girl was raped by a 15 year-old boy & her eyes gouged out. No one marched. - Entire provinces are without school text books - it’s almost June. No one marched. - Our imminent police chief is a gangster & has brought our police service to its knees. No one marched. - Our country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. No one marched. - Our democracy is going down the toilet but no one marches. But our country goes hysterical over a painting! We threaten lawsuits, protests & violent reprisals. Where are our priorities??? What are we thinking??????!!!! We have now proven beyond doubt that our collective mentality doesn’t rise above the waist.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-30 08:47

      How long are they going to feed us this boring story.

      Jack - 2012-05-30 08:50

      Why is the government and it's people so childish? Why is the president and its people so offend by a meager painting, the only reasoning that one can think of is that the truth hurts. Otherwise events like this would have an influence as they would simply be untrue. I for one know that i never get upset at false accusations.. Word of advice...GROW UP!! You guys sound like a bunch of kindergarten babies running to the teacher.

      procold2 - 2012-05-30 08:52

      donkey for the first time i agree with you

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 09:25

      Much like inheriting a billion pounds only to die broke or forfeiting a three goal half time lead; ineptocracy is one’s failure to succeed from a position of strength. A political example of ineptocracy would be South Africa’s ruling party the ANC; who after 18 years of leading one of the most fertile and resource rich countries in the world hasn’t developed any sustainable solutions to generating wealth for its people beyond affirmative action, land redistribution and the nationalization of assets. After almost two decades of rule, the ANC’s sole solution to endowing its people is still to merely take wealth away from others. Surely this is their failure? Consider that South Africa is the only country in the world whose affirmative action policy favours a majority who also happens to have complete political control. In the rest of the world affirmative action is designed to favour the politically un-represented minority, not the politically strong majority. South Africa now appears to have a system of government whereby the ruling party is elected by the non- contributing majority, who in turn are then rewarded with subsidies, goods and services paid for from the earnings of the contributing minority.

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 09:27

      The flaw with this system is that nowhere does there exist a plan, nor an incentive, for this impoverished majority to actually start contributing to the economy and hence they continue to demand more from their elected leaders who in turn continue to deflect the wealth generation burden onto the contributing minority. Clearly this cycle of diminishing returns is not sustainable as eventually the expectation of the non-contributing majority will become too high and the burden on the contributing minority will become too great. In the end something has got to give as no economy can bear 20 million people supporting 50 million people. To further illustrate just how poorly the ANC has done at generating wealth solutions for its people over the past 18 years, consider Germany and Japan who at the end of World War II were completely decimated by the Allied bombings and were thus economically distraught. Neither had any industry, agriculture nor natural resources to generate wealth from, yet within 20 years both countries had uplifted themselves to being highly employed, economic powerhouses.

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 09:28

      Clearly both these governments achieved vastly more for their people with significantly less over a similar period of time and without disadvantaging any demographic. So the fact that after two decades of complete political control the ANC has failed to secure wealth generation systems for its people beyond affirmative action and nationalisation, well is that not the very definition of ineptocracy?

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-05-30 10:10

      well said Christopher, 18 years have passed & the ANC have done nothing to improve the lives of all South Africans, now in their desperation they resort to dividing & discrediting, rather than leading & setting the example, while the country burns, the masses remain uneducated & unemployed, the ANC runs around pretending to care about dignity & ethics, but in reality are desperately hiding their failures behind a smoke screen of petty intolerance.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-30 10:40

      @Christopher, as you know, that was a comment from the UK Times - it makes one feel so ashamed of how the world is seeing us ALL now!

      Byron - 2012-05-30 12:09

      www.times.co.uk redirects to www.if.org.uk. I've also tried googling David Hill times.co.uk - maybe u have better luck deciphering this as it must be the da vinci cryptography that has me stumped. Still searching for newspaper named London Times with website www.times.co.uk that carries an article by David Hill on "ineptocracy". Unless its propaganda oh wait, thats not it, we must believe this wholeheartedly and question nothing as we are but sheep *bleat* *bleat*

  • Anthony - 2012-05-30 07:32

    stand up for your rights...and they will bully you, just keep strong.

      Frank - 2012-05-30 08:35

      They need to keep Zoomers willy in the public eye as much as possible to cover up all the other shyte he is responsible for. This is just smoke and mirrors because if this BS blows over they have to face the harsh reality of their gross mismanagement!

  • winston.mullany - 2012-05-30 07:32

    Boring! As if we really care!!

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-30 08:46

      Agreed..

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-05-30 07:37

    Oh my God this is getting tired! Do these politicians have nothing else to do? Get over yourselves. Its a damn painting...

      Sharon - 2012-05-30 08:01

      Much ado about nothing. One can always judge the type of life of a person by their reaction to insignificant events. Far as I can see, these ANC politicians have very boring uninteresting lives, if something as small as a painting can whip them into such a frenzy. If you look carefully, you can see foam coming out of their mouths!

      Warwick - 2012-05-30 08:09

      It's a Red Herring - to distract us from their real failures, which is everything in general.

      Alan - 2012-05-30 08:16

      A red herring? Hmmm with all 8 wives/mistresses etc in question, an Octopus comes to mind.

  • Thadelphukem - 2012-05-30 07:42

    Who cares, really!!! There are more important issues ruining our country like crime, corruption and unemployment... Lets move on and focus on the important things...

  • Hadebe - 2012-05-30 07:47

    South african govnrnment is run like a family/friend busines, does nt matter how wrong 1 is, the bunch will stick together for all its worth, nothing else matters to these tycoons.

  • klobakeng - 2012-05-30 07:49

    Yet another day goes to waste over an issue blown out of proportion. The little respect I once had for the ruling party has also been \defaced\!

  • Vic - 2012-05-30 07:52

    Talk about "making a mountain out of a molehill". This takes the cake! Hope the news briefing is the end of it, or will we be reminded on the first anniversary?

  • Nazeem Mcknight - 2012-05-30 07:55

    stop stressing about banning and unbanning a news paper,worry about ppl that cant read

  • Valecia - 2012-05-30 07:56

    The ANC should just quit with this painting saga going on and on coz its worthless fighting and protesting on this painting that as no value at all and they should just focus on issues that are really affecting the country and trying to make the country a better place.this story abt the painting and the goodman gallery is actually becoming a stale and old news and is getting boring to ones eyes.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-05-30 07:56

    How I wish this overly exhausted topic could be canned by News24. Jeez its become so nauseating, aint there some fresh news out there??

      Valecia - 2012-05-30 07:59

      Exactly.there is other important aspects to talk about but these stupid people together with the president choose to fight over a painting every news u watch these days will talk abt this and its been going on for weeks and no closure as been made.

  • Rute - 2012-05-30 08:03

    Does nobody in this country have any balls anymore???? Why do people not stand their ground on decisions they have made?? Then people wonder why the ANC has the power they have....its because people that give in to them GIVE them that power on a gold platter!!!\r\n\r\nCome on people, stand your ground for what you believe just like they do....the ANC is NOT always right, actually they seldom right about anything, just take a look at the state of this country!

      Whitemist Blackmist - 2012-05-30 09:46

      MALEMA warned about Dictatorship!!! everyone is echoing his comments..we see the ANC become that monster....harsh with

  • Shellerjc - 2012-05-30 08:08

    Did not read the article, Dont want to read it - Its stale now YAWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN - next please

  • Valecia - 2012-05-30 08:10

    It actually makes u think what type of people we really have running a country a bunch of lunatics and uneducated people only have a title for fame.it makes u wonder sometyms how we elect people like this to run our country,the only reason we do elect a person is because we have faith that they can run a country but lil did we realise that they are uncapable of doing such coz they are more interested in spending time sorting and resolving this stupid painting.

      Xoliswa - 2012-05-30 08:21

      Its all about respect, which you clearly lack as well...what education cause they were fighting for freedom and equality then. Think before you comment!!!

      Valecia - 2012-05-30 08:30

      If the government really were educated properly they wouldn't be spending all their valuable time protesting and fighting over a useless painting but focus on important issues that are really affecting the country its pity u wouldn't understand because u lack it as well

      Erna - 2012-05-30 08:37

      @Xoliswa Respect is earned - Mbeki and Mandela never had this done to them. Have you never wondered why people do not respect our current president?

  • Giles - 2012-05-30 08:10

    The controversial painting has now been defaced. The ANC’s court case is going ahead. - A 17 year-old mentally challenged girl was gang raped & the video went viral. No one marched. - An 8-year-old girl was raped by a 15 year-old boy & her eyes gouged out. No one marched. - Entire provinces are without school text books - it’s almost June. No one marched. - Our imminent police chief is a gangster & has brought our police service to its knees. No one marched. - Our country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. No one marched. - Our democracy is going down the toilet but no one marches. But our country goes hysterical over a painting! We threaten lawsuits, protests & violent reprisals. Where are our priorities? What are we thinking? We have now proven beyond doubt that our collective mentality doesn’t rise above the waist.

      Valecia - 2012-05-30 08:17

      These government will not worry about issues like this affecting humans and younger kids but will rather worry abt a painting that as no life.which just goes to show that their rather let people suffer and starve.

  • Ollie.KZN - 2012-05-30 08:11

    Aantreklike seun sit by die kroeg. Hy suip die een whiskey na die ander en tjank soos n baba. "Wat is fout?" wil die barman weet. Ek het gister daar op die plaas op my perd gery, toe kom ek af op 'n pofadder in die middel van die pad," vertel hy. "Toe ek my rollie uithaal om hom vrek te skiet, toe begin die pofadder met my te praat. "Hy se toe hy is 'n towerpofadder en as ek hom uit los dan gee hy my 3 wense." "Sjoe," se die barman. "Waarvoor wens jy toe?" "Ek wens toe ek is so aantreklik soos Bobby van Jaarsveld, so goed gebou soos Brian Habana en so bedeeld soos die perd waarop ek ry!" "Toe ek by die huis kom, kyk ek in die spieel en sien ek is deksels aantreklik. "Toe ek my hemp uit trek toe is ek gebou om te hou." "maar toe ek my broek uit trek, toe onthou ek EK HET MET DIE MERRIE GERY!

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-30 08:11

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaIlbXXbE1U&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • Beatrice Strydom Diederiks - 2012-05-30 08:12

    ons land in ghaos en hul gaan net aan oor die skildery, word wakker mense daar is baie meer belangriker goed in ons land wat jul aandag nodig het!

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-05-30 08:20

    They played the race card, strong armed the city press , threatened the Goodman gallery. The spear has buckled under the weight of it's 22 legitimate and 14 illegitimate offspring and controversial rape charge.

  • Valecia - 2012-05-30 08:26

    @xoliswa what respect? I don't have any respect for the government coz they show no respect either.if the government were really educated properly they would not fight over a paiting and focus all the time on that wereas they having other issues they should be focusing on like young kids being raped and crime and providing a safer country and more importantly unemployment so that they wouldn't be stealing happening

      Valecia - 2012-05-30 11:07

      True u absouletly right about that.

  • Joseph - 2012-05-30 08:28

    Please ma Zille save us from this mockery and lead us into the promised land

  • Herman - 2012-05-30 08:29

    why is the Goodman gallery website down?

  • Henry - 2012-05-30 08:33

    I'm glad that I'm not tha only 1, other people could also see that there other darwings in that gallery which are anti ANC, those drawings could end up having set this gallery in trouble with the ruling party. I'm also glad that finally they, came to their senses and agreed to remove such material. This matter shoud not have gone thi far, in the first place. I say it again.\Let's have some respect for one another\

      jomardl - 2012-05-30 09:03

      Erm, newsflash Henry... In a democracy it is okay to be anti the ruling party. It's kind of what the ANC fought for 80 years...

      Bloodstone - 2012-05-30 09:11

      Henry, see my post earlier on. http://www.worldart.co.za/news/article.asp?ID=126 Go and look at that and come back and talk again about trouble for the ruling party!

  • Henry - 2012-05-30 08:33

    I'm glad that I'm not tha only 1, other people could also see that there other darwings in that gallery which are anti ANC, those drawings could end up having set this gallery in trouble with the ruling party. I'm also glad that finally they, came to their senses and agreed to remove such material. This matter shoud not have gone thi far, in the first place. I say it again.\Let's have some respect for one another\

      arthur.hugh - 2012-05-30 10:27

      Chop.

  • Tete Matlala - 2012-05-30 08:39

    sometimes you wonder what happened to the ANC that was standing for the people of the country , look at the ANC now its a joke. The painting is gone move (ANC) to the real issue unemployment, service delivery,Education Sector

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 09:08

      I think what you are asking is too much for them cause they will have to think how do they mobilise support for mangaung without playing zuma the victim and the race card which is so disgusting. They have no idea how to solve the real issues.

  • antionette.leroux - 2012-05-30 08:41

    Enough already!!!

  • Johann - 2012-05-30 08:45

    Anc the only people in SA that still practise racisim,corruption.....I feel sorry for the people that want to be assosiated with them and cant move on still living in the past.Stop wasting your energy on nonsense and do something productive with your life,grow up.

  • Ted - 2012-05-30 08:45

    No publicity is bad publicity. The GMG is now proudly South African! Who doesn't now know where it is? Surely, every dark cloud has a rainbow lining, and it can't be too late to forgive. The GMG can never fly an advert as good as this publicity. Even a Nandos ad featuring the Spear wouldn't come close.' Did you see that while I was typing this message, the Spear story changed four times?' Lol

      Dee - 2012-05-30 10:38

      And some deep irony in the exhibition title "Hail the Thief II" as GMG receives numerous strongarm guests ....

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-05-30 08:49

    Stop wasting the tax payers money. Rather have a media briefing and tell the people of South Africa what measures will be put in place for the government employees not to steal our money, how service delivery will be improved, jobs created, crime adressed, etc......

  • Anakin - 2012-05-30 08:49

    Uuurggghhh....scream....how long is this crap going to carry on? What about the REAL problems? It feels like we are in a twilight zone of some kind, someone please press the 'ESC' button...has the ANC sorted out the schools under trees issue yet, ref. http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2012/05/27/suffer-the-children. Of course not.

  • netswera.livhuwani - 2012-05-30 08:54

    He used this power to foist on the country policies that entrenched poverty and inequality. He had stifled debate and not tolerated alternate viewpoints.(Sowetan)

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 09:12

      These are all characteristics of a dictator. Hope we take malema serious the next time. They are scared of criticism, and this painting came out of frustration.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-30 08:54

    No longer newsworthy. This incident served to confirm once again what our 'government' is made of, and what their priorities are, but I don't believe anyone cares any more about the painting. Burn it, sell it, throw it away...don't care.

  • capetownphotographer - 2012-05-30 08:54

    Don't feed this story or the trolls. If you like art go to a gallery. If you want leadership then shout to be led.

  • jomardl - 2012-05-30 09:01

    What? This is STILL news?

  • netswera.livhuwani - 2012-05-30 09:02

    There is a dark cloud over South Africa our country, The unthinkable that we thought we are far too smart to experience is within us, Democracy and its values is now undermined and replaced with bullying only to satisfy the ego of the few who are benefiting out of the ignorance of the majority. Using illiteracy, ignorance and poor background to fight own battles in the name of African culture. The organization has now turned on those it fought for and all hope is gone in a space of just five years. What tomorrow hold is a big void into the unknown.What a shame,there is no hope for Africa.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 09:16

      That is why education is in this kind of state. The ruling party want to monopolise the ability to think independently of it's population. Hence they lied about it being racist, knowing very well that is not true and most people believed them. What a bunch of liers.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-30 09:05

    Honestly are S Africans serious, there are outcries that the portrait removal  is the saddest thing to our democracy!!!! I was just talking to a colleague whose 6 year old son was asking him that why are some people naughty because they paint nude pictures by the way the dad is white. We got more pressing issues in SA, I for one the saddest day in my life was when the government decided that 30% in matric was a pass, when the government was building people toilets without walls, when the government did nothing when minority rights were violated, when government failed to build classrooms for the poor, when the government did nothing when S Africans were called refugees in their own country, when the government failed to sort out inequalities in our society  …… the list is endless, only people who have more than enough can call the removal of the stupid portrait a disaster. If I may ask what benefit do you derive from seeing Zuma’s penis? If you can’t live without it print yourself a life-size copy and stick it in your mansion!!!!! Enough of this garbage

      Dee - 2012-05-30 10:47

      Unfortunately Lerato - the response of 'leaders' has made this international news. And whilst 6yr old mentalities may well discuss nudity, local and overseas observers are discussing the overall "Emperor's Clothing" ..and finding a great deal stripped bare.

  • Bloodstone - 2012-05-30 09:07

    Ag shame, when is all this going to end? Why not have a look at Ayanda Mabulu's painting titled "Ngcono ihlwempu kunesibhanxo sesityebi"? It also depicts Zuma half naked with his goolies on a crutch! Why not have Ayanda give a media briefing on that? I mean, this spear thing is all about racism is it not? Don't believe me? Go and have a look http://www.worldart.co.za/news/article.asp?ID=126

      Oom - 2012-05-30 13:23

      Hey folks, if you want to see just how Racist whites are, then go to http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Mans-precious-bike-destroyed-in-blaze-20120530 you will be pleasently suprised..!!

  • Charlotte - 2012-05-30 09:07

    People, get over it! Yes, this was in bad taste, and yes, it should never have been exhibited, but to make such a big fuss about this just makes the situation worse.

  • Johann - 2012-05-30 09:11

    anc is morderday racism in our so called new south africa....what a bunch of loosers.anc please grow up ,people of rsa is tired you living in the past.

  • Ako - 2012-05-30 09:16

    There's a novel called ANIMAL FARM by George Or well, what is happening in our country today is exactly what is happening in the animal farm there are those who are more equal than others. You can google the novel and read it for yourself you'll see what I'm talking about

  • Dean - 2012-05-30 09:19

    I believe this could have been handled in a a more civil way. Zuma and his Lawyers could have had a sit down with the artist and the Gallery and said. "Nice painting, but I never commissioned it or gave you permission to portray me in any manner." "Since you are no receiving so much attention using my face and my spear, (By the way you missed an inch or two) I think you could have at least got my permission first" "But now since you are making money off my face and other parts, I say "lets go 50 / 50." No need to picket and deface anything. Problem solved. The painting gets endorsed and it is shown world wide. Everybody is happy.

  • Luke - 2012-05-30 09:26

    The controversial painting has now been defaced. 2 guys (a white & a black) were arrested. The ANC’s court case is going ahead on Thursday 24 May to force the gallery to remove the artwork. - A 17 year-old mentally challenged girl was gang raped & the video went viral. No one marched. - An 8-year-old girl was raped by a 15 year-old boy & her eyes gouged out. No one marched. - Entire provinces are without school text books - it’s almost June. No one marched. - Our imminent police chief is a gangster & has brought our police service to its knees. No one marched. - Our country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. No one marched. Okay maybe the DA TRIED TO - Our democracy is going down the toilet but no one marches. But our country goes hysterical over a painting! We threaten lawsuits, protests & violent reprisals. Where are our priorities??? What are we thinking??????!!!! We have now proven beyond doubt that our collective mentality doesn’t rise above the waist.

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-30 09:26

    Meanwhile, in Durban, "vandals" continue to throw paint on the unfinished sculptures of three elephants that were commissioned by the ANC led municipality, who have now reneged on the contract because they say the elephants depict the logo of the IFP.

  • Nompumelelo - 2012-05-30 09:49

    They are insulting the culture of our president and his dignity

      nhlakaniphog1 - 2012-05-30 10:01

      Nompumelo I fully agree with you, they want to insult him and say do not challenge insult

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-05-30 10:03

      you earn respect, you don't demand it, unless you are a dictator of course.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-05-30 10:02

    It would be great if the ANC had the same urgency to deal with important issues, such as the education crisis in the EC, or the lack of service delivery, or the rampant corruption & graft in the Govt.

  • Hadebe - 2012-05-30 10:12

    The stupidity wil neva go down, 1 day i happend to be on da passages at the union buildings, with no care in the world minding my own busines, i was abt to pass 1 slightly opened door, i heard some1 screaming his lungs out, i thoth maybe a tiger was savaging the president, curiosity got da beta of me, coutiously i tiptoed to da door, there, the president himself was the sceamer, there was a female minister with hm, she was buttoning up da last button of her blouse, wonder what they were doing, wish i came earlier, the president was screaming, call them, call all of them now, and the she minister mumbled smthng like, rite away baby, n she shot through da door, didnt even notice me, she was zigzaging through all the doors like a super woman wil do in an emergency, n all the ministers were using the same speed to attend to the presidents summons, tjo! 1 minister finaly succeeded to calm the president down, everybody was askng what da problem was, then i overheard da big man sobbingly explainin what the problem was, a huge red fly that he never saw before just sat on his head, n he was using his hands to show the ministers where da fly sat, during this chaos, bottles of treated water n an assortment of whiskey were opened n each minister was tryin his/her level best to shove an opend bottle of either water or whiskey to the president, whose sobbing was nw an octave lower. I heard him saying that was witchcraft, how can a red fly pass all the squadron of bodyguards n all the offices n sit on his head? He askd the ministers. None was wiser. He then started by saying he wanted a ministerial deligation to fly to zimbabwe to seek an advise from a wel knwn sangoma, but he changed that he daznt trust mogabe, he might rig the results, he said they must go to malawi. They agreed on that, but the ministers demanded that each 1 flew on separate aeroplanes as they feared the culprit might be amongst them. The president askd the minister of finance if there are still enaf funds for that

  • Thoka - 2012-05-30 10:14

    I did not like the painting either, Media is giving this too much attention. I guess there is no story if ANC is not the picture. We need to move on.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-30 10:16

    Come on ANC. I also do not like the painting, but it is now "repainted" and removed from the gallery and websites as requested. Please move on and get sorting out service delivery, corruption, education, unemployment, etc. We have people and a country that currently suffer due to lack off.... Staying on this topic is not going to help/feed the hungry and cant be used to secure votes at your next party election. Copies of this same painting with a big cross over it will be used in marches, by the same people, if you do not start to provide services to them and creating jobs. The people are suffering and becomes disgruntle.

  • Earl O Tool - 2012-05-30 10:16

    WELL DONE SOUTH AFRICA!!! WE SUCK BIG TIME!!! The controversial painting has now been defaced, per se 2 guys(1 white;2blacks) were arrested. The ANC's court case is going ahead on Thursday to remove the artwork. HOWEVER, a 17 year old mentally challenged girl was gang raped & the video went viral- no one marched. An 8 year old girl was raped by a 15 year old boy&her eyes gouged out-no one marched. Entire provinces are without school text books- its almost June-no one marched. Our imminent POLICE CHIEF is a gangster&has brought our police service to its knees-no one marched. Our country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world-no one marched. Our democracy is going down the toilet, but no one marches,however the country goes hysterical over a painting! We threaten lawsuits, protest&violent reprisals. Where are our priorities??? What are we thinking???!!! The point I'm trying to bring across is that we have now proven beyond doubt that our COLLECTIVE MENTALITY doesn't rise above the waist.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 10:27

      The DA did march for Employment and they were stoned by COSATU. BTW I agree with you, let us move on and adress real issues. This one was blown out of propotion. I wonder how many people would have known about this painting if the ANC had just ignored the painting because not many people have access to internet and buy city press, looking at the literacy rate in our coutry. Thanks to them for making the spear so popular. I bet my last cent that picture will be printed and watch it used in Mangaung.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-05-30 10:25

    Painting? What painting?