ANC to withdraw Spear case

2012-05-30 10:13
Johannesburg - The ANC will withdraw its case against the Goodman Gallery, the gallery’s director Liza Essers announced at a media briefing on Wednesday.

Essers was speaking at a briefing with ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu on details of an agreement reached between the parties after a march in protest against a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals.

Mthembu and Goodman Gallery director Liza Essers addressed the group of journalists at the gallery, in Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank.

She said the gallery and The Spear artist Brett Murray did not intend to insult anyone in the painting which features President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

But she also said that “we can’t be in a situation where artworks are censored” and that it appeared the “ANC have heard that”.

“Art by its nature is controversial,” said Essers.

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