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ANC never meant to bully gallery

2012-05-30 14:34

Johannesburg - The ANC never meant to bully the Goodman Gallery during its campaign to have a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed removed, the party said on Wednesday.

"That was not our intention," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said during a media briefing at the Rosebank gallery.

He was responding to a comment made by gallery director Liza Essers who was asked about the ANC's campaign.

Bullying


"I don't think marches and boycotts are the way forward. I think that's bullying in a way," she said.

Essers said she felt conversation at an earlier stage would have been better. Mthembu agreed and said he wished both parties had engaged with one another instead of working via lawyers.

"[Upon speaking to each other] it was clear that there was so much of [sic] common things between ourselves," he said.

He added even that though there were still matters that both parties viewed differently, they could be dealt with through social debate. At which point Essers jokingly offered the gallery as a venue.

When asked if she would have done things differently, Essers simply replied: "I stand by freedom of artistic expression."

Settlement agreement

During the briefing the ANC and the gallery announced a settlement agreement on the controversial artwork by Brett Murray, who was "saddened" by the saga, said Essers.

The ruling party said it would not make sense to continue with a court case against The Spear painting.

"Indeed, we are no longer taking the Goodman Gallery to court. We are no longer taking City Press to court," said Mthembu.

He said now that a settlement had been reached, the court action in the SOuth Gauteng High Court was no longer necessary.

Essers said the painting would not be displayed in the gallery because it had been defaced a week ago.

The settlement agreement with the ANC did not include an agreement on removing the picture from the Goodman Gallery's website.

Threatened

However, she said the image would be taken down from the website at some point.

The ANC went to court last week to get the painting removed from the gallery, and also took the City Press to court because it had published a picture of the painting on its website.

During the briefing on Wednesday Essers admitted that the gallery and its employees were threatened about the Zuma painting.

"These were not threats made by the ANC," she added.

Mthembu condemned these threats and said the party has distanced itself from calls for violence, adding that the march to the Goodman Gallery on Tuesday was also peaceful.

"People must not trivialise what has happened in the last two weeks."

He said the protest was not just about Zuma, it was about all South Africans.

Censorship


"I'm stronger today, Lisa, as a result of this agreement," he told Essers.

On censorship Essers said the gallery was never asked to take down any other paintings on exhibition.

"I don't feel like I have been censored."

She also confirmed that the painting would be still be sold to its German buyer.

"The collector does want the painting in its defaced form."

She said the gallery had not engaged with the ANC on the matter, but the owner has a legal right to the painting.

"I will honour that agreement."

This came after SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande called during the march on Tuesday for the painting to stay in the country and be destroyed.

Meanwhile, the Film and Publications Board was expected to decide by the end of the week on whether the painting should be classified.

Comments
  • Henri - 2012-05-30 14:37

    enough ok its over

      Andres - 2012-05-30 14:46

      Me too... Tired of this nonsense! More important things should be bullied, like corrupt officials, non-performing departments, incompetence in municipalities etc. However, regarding the topic at had... Rich saying "We never meant to bully" when you use racial rhetoric, say it's dividing the nation, hold mass marchers to the gallery and take them to court... No, absolutely nothing threatening in that... Pfff!

      WhitePrivilege - 2012-05-30 14:47

      For those of you who are against affirmative action: Affirmative action: In a 20 lap foot race, if athlete A has a 5 lap head start but athlete B finishes the 20 lap race only 2 laps behind athlete A, who is the faster runner? According to your "qualifications (medals)" superficial mindset, athlete A is better because he won the gold medal but technically, athlete B is faster so I would want Athlete B in my relay team even though he didn't get the gold medal. You see you're a typical whitey, ignoring historical context, current racism and looking at the current situation in a vacuum

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 15:06

      Privilege, Don't waste your time as these same folk don't understand the difference between a freedom fighter (whom are to thank for today's freedom ) and terrorist ( old volkstaat regime. Hence AA and BEE are way above their comprehension.

      Andres - 2012-05-30 15:07

      @WhitePrivilege: Stay on topic! This is not an AA debate.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-30 15:08

      No!!! What utter shenanigans, we are not bullies! As promised we provided you with poor service delivery, corruption and several taxation schemes to molest you financially, what more do you South Africans want fro us, we gave you what you voted for and you have the balls - like our president...excuse the pun- to call us bullies. This is not bullying but our constitutional right...and don't you dare paint a picture of JZ again...the size of the spear in the portrait is misleading his ego.

      christian.denyschen - 2012-05-30 15:16

      @Whiteprivilege haha your not making sense, let's imagine they both started at the same time then athlete b would've finished 3 laps before athlete a. Now I don't know about you but that's the person I would employ, but I guess if you went to school and actually learned a few thing this would have been obvious to u. Do u even know where affirmative action comes from and why it was started? No easy crash course for you it started so that a previous disadvantage MINORITY(not majority) could excel in life and get to the level of the majority.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 15:23

      The two comments above will ensure that Apartheid will remain as part of RSA society till hell freezes over.

      christian.denyschen - 2012-05-30 15:44

      @Tamati your comments will ensure that white ppl hate blacks, have you given that some thought.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-30 15:45

      Well they can't sensor facebook

      leoa.martins - 2012-05-30 16:02

      Ofcourse the protest was ALL about Zuma! And ofcourse they bullied the gallery and City Press but what a shame that nobody seems to have any balls anymore! Would have been interested to see the courts outcome..... Wonder if the Anc would've bullied them too or maybe some more tears would be shed.

      Denise - 2012-05-30 16:19

      The ANC's bully/scare tactics are not new!

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-05-30 16:22

      Point taken...You never meant to bully the gallery, but you did. You also never meant to F..K up the country, but you did it!!!!

      mahloborakgoale - 2012-05-30 16:25

      Please , let us move on already! We have had enough of this issue. There are other more important issues to talk about in our country; like how to address the unemployment problem ; crime etc.

      Denise - 2012-05-30 16:29

      People have very short memories and forget that, until 1994, the ANC was an internationally listed terrorist movement. Just days before the 1994 general elections the ANC was forced to register as a Political party... against their will. The ANC refused to register as a political party and was forced to do so in order to take part in the 1994 elections. They did not want to register and only did so at the very last moment, under duress. The ANC always was a terrorist movement. The mere fact that immoral liberals chose to call them freedom fighters and that they were forced to register as a political party, did not change the ANC, they always were and always will remain just another rebel revolutionary terrorist movement. The ANC is only a political party by virtue of the fact that it was forced to register as such. To this very day the ANC still operates in exactly the same way as they have been doing for the past one hundred years. Nothing has changed. The ANC did not present themselves as anything other than what they really were. In fact, the ANC has always been proud, to this very day, of their terrorist past. It was the liberal media, the liberal churches, the liberal politicians that presented the ANC as something other than a revolutionary terrorist movement. If the ANC was to lose power in South Africa tomorrow they would resort back to terrorism the very next day, because that is the only way they know how, it is in their very nature.

      Denise - 2012-05-30 17:31

      The poor ignorant liberal world expected the ANC to change overnight from a terrorist movement to a patriotic political party made up of honourable, upstanding, trustworthy citizens, but as expected that did not happen. Would any other country in the world have allowed a group of terrorists, recently returned exiles that were spread across the world for decades, together with recently-discharged prisoners found guilty of high-treason, to take over their country? Yet South Africa was forced to do so. Everyone thought SA would never go the same way as the rest of Africa, because our people were "different". Well the problem is that it is not "our people" ruling the country. The people ruling the country are terrorist exiles that were allowed back into the country after decades of living abroad. They were not South Africans! They were foreigners that lived at least a third or more of their lives in foreign countries and came back into the country and handed the reigns. They came back thinking that SA was as it was in the early 1960's when they fled. Look at all the names of people in high places today, all the black multi-millionaires and billionaires - notice that they are all interconnected, the old exiles, their friends and families. Somehow the liberals thought that it would be different, that these hate-filled exiles would come back with beautiful songs in their hearts, wanting to build a better life for all South Africans.

      Joanne - 2012-05-30 17:35

      Which part didn't they mean?

      Denise - 2012-05-30 17:56

      The New SA was doomed from the outset, not because of the ANC, not because of labour unions, not because MK, but because of the ignorance of immoral liberals that thought they could change the character of undisciplined out-of-control revolutionaries by forcing them into conventional western politics. The liberals actually believe that a "Constitution" is cast in steel-reinforced concrete & that the Constitution has a heart & a life of its own, capable of protecting them like an invincible Rambo or Superman. These liberals expected terrorists to rehabilitate themselves overnight! Suddenly the ANC was left to their own resources, left alone with hundreds of billions of Rand, expected to step in from the outside & run every Government Dept to the same level of efficiency as the previous government had done. The ANC came into power & has been retaining that power based on lies (called promises) about houses to be built, free water & electricity & roads that would criss-cross the entire country. Suddenly being surrounded by so much money, the ANC, in their ignorance, thought that they could just go out and build houses, make promises as they please & everyone would live happily ever-after. But who were behind this? You guessed it, the liberals off course, with all their fancy childlike plans & dreams of a New SA wonder-world.

  • Senzo Mathebula - 2012-05-30 14:37

    Booored... News24 find a new story

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-30 15:21

      Where is Malema?

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-30 16:06

      Patrick - he will send your asss back to Europe.

      Riëtte - 2012-05-30 16:26

      Not you again!!

  • Tamandjaz - 2012-05-30 14:42

    oh my word... is this topic not over yet?? Raise your hand if you are sick to death of 'The Spear' please News24, there must be other news out there?

      ThinkingChick - 2012-05-30 14:46

      I think you might have failed to see what actually happened here. 1. The ANC threatened the media with removing advertising. Unconstitutional. 2. The ANC tried to have an artist NOT sell his work. Unconstitutional. This is much more than just a picture.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-30 15:11

      Damn when will this spear sucCUMb to the truth that it needs to come Down - this is the longest time a spear has defied the test of time...ok who's the smart @ss who dipped viagra into the painting?

      Compos - 2012-05-30 15:13

      Nonviolence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being. Mahatma Ghandi

      Tamandjaz - 2012-05-30 15:20

      @thinkinghcik - yes, i agree with both your points - however, these points have been debated TO DEATH already. I most certainly not have failed to see that the ANC threatened the media... no-one failed to see this point has it has been hashed and rehashed over and over in the media for over a week. Somehow the point becomes less shocking every time you read about it. News24 has posted 7 stories around the spear today - 7! My point, which i think perhaps you are missing is that this story has been discussed enough already!

      Sean - 2012-05-30 15:32

      wonder why Brett named it the "spear" as there is nothing closely resembling a spear in that painting, a blob yes but definitely no spear.

      tszigah - 2012-05-30 17:18

      We want more of the spear...lol! hopefully its over now...back to eTolls

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-30 14:42

    Yeah riiite, we believe you that it was not your intention to bully. Try another one.

      Sharon - 2012-05-30 15:17

      @ iceman - Maybe the ANC should begin by giving us a clear definition as to their understanding of the word "bully". It seems their idea differs widely from the general population, because as far as I am concerned that was exactly what they did - bully and intimidate - until they got their way, with the gallery and City Press. Shame on the ANC - the big bully who knocks others down just because they can!!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-30 15:17

      The law of unintended consequence. Now they realise how this looks both domestically and internationally. This is like one of those thugs who get caught on a hidden camera... oops!

  • ThinkingChick - 2012-05-30 14:45

    What utter rubbish. The ANC's explicit intention was to bully. How else does it justify marching, threats of removing advertising from a media house, verbal abuse of the editor?

      Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-05-30 15:05

      And they threatened to close the gallery down if they don't remove it from their website f#$ck the ANC-Shower Head

      Compos - 2012-05-30 15:15

      Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-05-30 14:46

    The ANC never meant to be corrupt either - it is just that they have not been able to think of any other way of getting so musch money for so little..?

  • Bennie - 2012-05-30 14:46

    ANC is an organization for little Boys. Real men have much more serious issues to tend to like ''work'' . a whole political party disrupted by a painting ? What would they do if someone declares war? They have shown without a doubt that they are weak.

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-30 14:47

    BS!!!

  • Marius - 2012-05-30 14:47

    HUH?????!!!!??! Do the anc think South Africa is a planet on it’s own? Cause they seem to have a complete different view on reality. Apparently on their little planet this was not bullying??????? WAKE THE F.... UP.

  • qhuggett - 2012-05-30 14:49

    Please all you meant to do was bully the gallery, the artist and the public at large. You bunch and liars.

      tszigah - 2012-05-30 17:21

      dont forget city press, the whole thing about not buying newspapers was the bully tactics worse of all by General Secretary...

  • Bob - 2012-05-30 14:49

    The ANC always openly deny what is blatantly obvious...! If their actions were not bullying tactics then what exactly were they? From abuse of the judiciary by leapfrogging their court case to the courts over and above other waiting cases, to calling for organised protest marches to the gallery, are all bullying tactics!

  • adrian.naidoo.98 - 2012-05-30 14:49

    The Spear is still making headlines... Don't we have other things to talk about... Like the state of Candy Floss vendors in Johannesburg...

      tszigah - 2012-05-30 17:22

      lol

  • Matthew - 2012-05-30 14:50

    Yeah its all over now (or is it really?) But its been so candy coated. ANC say they didnt bully anyone...Bullsh*t.they bullied and intimadated city press and goodmans gallery.wether they acknowledge it or not,they country HAS acknowledged the tactic used,as has the international world (who all have seen this and laughed that this is whats big news in SA.in my opinion,other countries can bugger off,cause they're all hypocrits anyways,but yeah) City Press was more than likely blackmailed with something that who knows,maybe 2 years down the line,will come out. The protests,marches,all bunch of nonsense The country and its people were offended as a whole,only a specific group was.which,ok we acknowledge.But who said it was ok to go ahead and say that every single south african is upset with the painting.cause thats clearly bullsh*t again =/ i get both sides to this issue,i do.but i find that how this whole thing has been blown out of proportion and given way to much attention,tax payers money,so on and so forth. Honestly,to all politicians...we've got better and more important things to worry about and sort out that are way more important to this country as a whole.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 15:01

      Majority rules in this Democracy. The Majority in this country found the image disgusting.............A lesson in Democracy 101.

      Jeffrey - 2012-05-30 15:29

      @Tamaranui, I find any picture of Zuma disgusting - he's a disgusting excuse for a state president.

      ThinkingChick - 2012-05-30 15:30

      @Tamaranui - the majority? 3,000 supporters that had to be bussed in? No ANCYL? The majority? Since when was the moral majority comprised of 3,000 bullies?

      Matthew - 2012-06-01 08:39

      the word "Majority" seems to be mis-used,or used inapropiately as 3000 does not make a majority. Yes,this is the in's and out's of a democracy, but lets be honest...its bit of a poor excuse for one =/

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-05-30 14:50

    This Goodman Gallary issue is closed now can we move on to focus on more pressing issue than zuma's painted penis.

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-05-30 14:50

    This Goodman Gallary issue is closed now can we move on to focus on more pressing issue than zuma's painted penis.

      ThinkingChick - 2012-05-30 14:53

      Sure, once we have dealt with the ANC bullying the press and private individuals, let's all move on. How about Mdluli? The lack of textbooks in the EC? The arms deal? The Shaiks? The toll roads? The insane spending at ANC parties?

  • Loo - 2012-05-30 14:51

    BWAHAHAHAHA .. LISTEN up ANC . .I am educated and literate ,, SO pllleeeaaasseee don't try and pull this mindless BS on me.

  • berthram - 2012-05-30 14:52

    Dear ANC: Thank you for wasting the court's time and the Taxpayer's money, as you always do.

  • Loo - 2012-05-30 14:53

    TYPICAL .. lets burn it down first and talk about the mistake we made later. Shooting from the hip governance is very very third world.

  • James - 2012-05-30 14:53

    im tired of this story now....

  • Faizie - 2012-05-30 14:54

    Thats what all bullies say when caught with their pants down. Oops didnt mean it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wilhelm.sieberhagen - 2012-05-30 14:55

    As die ANC met soveel toewyding ander knelpunte gaan hanteer soos wat hulle die voëlvry affêre hanteer het, gaan baie goed, soos misdaad en werkloosheid byvoorbeeld, gou iets van die verlede wees. Dan kan hulle mos juig en hande klap. Hulle moet liewer met elke moord wat in Suid-Afrika plaasvind so tekere gaan, dan kan hulle mos applous verwag.

      jo.vankatwijk - 2012-05-30 15:31

      "voelvrye" Pragtig!!

  • Vuyo - 2012-05-30 14:58

    Let the chaos prevail . If our ministers ( nzimande) can be so chaotic , then the future is bleak indeed .

  • almeleh - 2012-05-30 15:01

    Yeah....right.

  • anton.faber.3 - 2012-05-30 15:02

    As much as I’ve had enough of the JZ’s ‘member’ headlining most news stories, one cannot deny that this is political bullying in the most extreme form. The ANC embraced freedom of artistic expression in the 80’s, as a mechanism to (inter alia) raise social consciousness. Now it is tarred and feathered, branded racist and counter-revolutionary. It reeks of censorship, and is a slap in the face of our democracy. All animals are equal, but perhaps some are more equal than others…

  • Ashwin - 2012-05-30 15:04

    "That was not our intention," African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said. Hmmm, a history of violence. Bussing in protestors. Singing, dancing, chanting on the street. load speaker blaring with ANC bigwigs. brandishing of sticks and placards mounted on weapons. What intimidation or bullying? Again, credibility lost in the eye of the world. Had the prtest turned violent, the ANC would have strongly condemned the actions. Thats all they do, condemn. The artist expression, albeit crass - condemned. Like most things the voting populace wants, NO, needs, condemned.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-05-30 15:05

    wipe the mashimba off around your mouth ANC cause all you do is BULLY

  • Maria - 2012-05-30 15:06

    Brett Murray never meant to insult the President - I think everybody is happy now - JZ/ANC, Brett, you and of course mua - Then let's get back to business!!!!!!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 15:13

      Are you Murrays' mouthpiece or is this your opinion. The subject matter of the image relates a difference set of circumstances.

  • Luviwe - 2012-05-30 15:06

    No amount of spin that will make us clear and independent thinking citizens of SA and the world otherwise. City Press and the gallery were bullied and threatened by members of the ruling party. The blunt blade even took it a step further by advocating anarchy when he says a property must be destroyed. In my view that is incitement of violence and it is criminal by its nature. Peace from now South Africans. Let us not be hoodwinked into not appreciating the constitutional democracy when it suits the present rullers.

  • eric_t - 2012-05-30 15:06

    Why is the ANC apologizing? Bunch of loosers. The image was disrespectful and distasteful. Had the artist been black in the apartheid era and drew Pik Botha little that his brown behind would be in Robben Island...Our leaders yet again bow to their masters

  • StilleWaters - 2012-05-30 15:08

    Moenie k*k praat nie asseblief....

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-05-30 15:09

    At least the ANC supporters got to show how much they hate white people during this "peaceful non-forceful ANC process". What a joke!

      Oom - 2012-05-30 16:31

      Well said Peter, they do hate us whities, that’s for sure. They need not pretend any more. With BEE and affirmative action in place, we are sure to be out of the in stuff in our country. This is racism made legal. When will the ANC start acknowledging that whites are also part of this once great nation..? When will we be allowed to contribute to the better good of SA..? When will we be legally allowed to be equal to black people. When will I be a real citizen in my country of birth..?? When will my children be allowed to work in their country of birth..??

  • Nigel - 2012-05-30 15:09

    So we find the trolls here today. Did any of you racist trolls donate towards the young Black gentleman's loss of M/Cycle? Or are you just up to your usual evil little tricks today, spreading hate and racism.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 15:14

      Yep, my store delivered a bike to him an hour ago............

      StilleWaters - 2012-05-30 15:15

      Why? My car got stolen and no one gave me a new one. STFU and GTFO

      Nigel - 2012-05-30 16:07

      Yes, there you are true to form. Spineless, gutless little gadgets. Well done.

      Jack - 2012-05-30 19:46

      Wasn't the bike stolen?

  • ThinkingChick - 2012-05-30 15:09

    I wonder how many pending law suits the ANC is facing as a result of this farce. That's about the only thing I can think of that would get them to apologize. Apparently spontaneously anyway. The organisation's blatant bullying is completely unacceptable and unconstitutional. This has been said by Cope, the ANCYL and the DA - as well as private institutions and organisations. As far as I can gather, there were as many ANC supporters marching for the president's dick, as there were for the youth job wage subsidy. There is something very wrong here.

      Jack - 2012-05-30 19:47

      Lot's of dark green women like the president dick, gedit?

  • Marion - 2012-05-30 15:14

    You may not have meant to bully them, but you did.

      ThinkingChick - 2012-05-30 15:15

      They totally meant to do it. Let's not lose perspective here. The important question is: what were they hiding while distracting us with this? What heinous episode are we going to uncover?

  • non-believer - 2012-05-30 15:14

    wow, Monty Python in their wildest dreams could never sketch a loony scenario like this. Has Mantashe been studying Joseph Goebbels? "the bigger the lie, the more believable it is"

      ThinkingChick - 2012-05-30 15:27

      Perfect - love it. The two Gs.

      ThinkingChick - 2012-05-30 15:36

      @Phumlani. For real? Dude, have you even studied history? There is no need for any body to emigrate anywhere. This was largely unused land. So - get a grip. The whities can stay. They did bring us a bunch of pretty cool stuff. It was only this country that got screwed by apartheid since the 60s.

  • non-believer - 2012-05-30 15:21

    Whitepriv - impossible to argue with those of limited capacity. AA's will pay the price, no different to the nats when they farmed out govt jobs to the poor white afrikaners. Nothing is for free, the cost is loss of self respect; incompetance and an ineffective, lazy corrupt civil service and last but certainly not least, an insult to competent black workers who would have merited their jobs regardless of skin colour in an open market.

      Jack - 2012-05-30 19:50

      Nothing is for free, the cost is loss of self respect. The best comment so far.

  • Babytrish4life - 2012-05-30 15:21

    That's utter rubish!!!! I so wish you (ANC) could be that bully when it comes to living up to your empty promises!!!!

  • Jawa - 2012-05-30 15:25

    A protest march is exactly that - an attempt to bully somebody

      sydney.matubandlela - 2012-05-30 15:56

      And by that you mean the DA was trying to bully COSATU?

  • Johann - 2012-05-30 15:27

    That is utter nonsence,why dont they put half the effort in investigating their own corrupt officials,ANC start sorting out your own back yard before you look for a capagn icon to help prortray your patheticness as a goverment in charge.Zille for president!

  • Jaco - 2012-05-30 15:30

    Really, you really want us to believe you

  • Henry.E.S.Moorcroft - 2012-05-30 15:30

    Sure anc...and Verwoerd never meant for Apartheid to happen.

  • Alfred - 2012-05-30 15:30

    Sure. Nothing like a good couple of death threats between friends.

  • malcolm.oconnor.58 - 2012-05-30 15:36

    Bunch of idiots if you weren't trying to bully them then what exactly were you doing !!!!

  • Ian - 2012-05-30 15:40

    You've made BIGGER idiots of yourselves than you could EVER imagine !!! If you spent a FRACTION of the time than you WASTED on this initiative on FIGHTING CRIME, ENHANCING EDUCATION, IMPROVING HEALTHCARE and COMBATTING CORRUPTION you'd gain more RESPECT and have more SUPPORT. Get back to work, there's no TIP included !!!

  • smazeka1 - 2012-05-30 15:45

    Viva anc viva

  • Lourenzo - 2012-05-30 15:46

    They meant to dictate...butch of morons

  • dekkeranton - 2012-05-30 15:47

    Sorry, but no amount of spin is going to let you off the hook here. This is the thin wedge of autocratic rule. Is this what we can expect from the ANC from now on? Whenever someone disagree with you, a bunch of thugs will be released on them, and they will be humiliated by being frog marched in front of a crowd to apologise for exercising their democratic right. Hitler? Stalin? Mussolini? Pinochet? Amin? Mugabe? Ceausescu? Tito? Franco? Marcos? Galtieri? Noriega? Assad? Duvalier? Hussein? Stroessner? Il Zung? Mubarak? Jung Il? Pol Pot? Lukashenko? Karimov? Sese Seko? .... The list carries on and on. Is this the company you want to see your name in once history has judged you and this very sad day for freedom. The ANC have proven without any doubt that they disrespect the constitution, and will suspend all the rights and freedoms we the citizens might have if it suits them to do so. The liberators, also liberated us from our basic human and democratic rights. What was the “struggle” all about if you can simply ride rough shot over one of the most important rights in a free and democratic society? You have soiled your own history and belittled your forefathers that sacrificed so much for the freedoms you now play party politics with. Shame on you!

      mbekezelimz - 2012-05-30 16:14

      If we all could practice our freedom and democratic rights under an aura of responsibility and respectability, this country would be ideal.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-30 15:52

    @phumlani you are the racist here anc are the racists in the story they are brainwashing your dumb**s to think every white person is out to undermine you meantime there screwing you with tax tolls corruption and crime and killing jobs so you can support them on the streets but you are blind and ignorant so you follow

  • bongwer - 2012-05-30 15:55

    will it ever end?

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-05-30 15:55

    @Sean - Umkhonto We Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) & Lenin pose: 1+1=?