Film board adjourns Zuma hearing

2012-05-23 07:26

Johannesburg - The Film and Publication Board adjourned a hearing on Tuesday night on the classification of a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

"The parties in the matter requested that they be given more time to prepare," said board spokesperson Prince Mlimandlela Ndamase.

"At this stage, the parties departed with the understanding that they continue tomorrow [Wednesday] afternoon at 14:00."

He said a submission had been made that the hearing be open to the media.

A decision on this would be made on Wednesday morning by the board's chief operations officer Mmapula Fisha.

Ndamase said that submissions by the Goodman Gallery and by City Press newspaper would be would be considered by the board in its decision on whether to classify the painting.

On Friday, the ANC launched an urgent court application in an attempt to stop the Goodman Gallery from displaying the painting, and the City Press from displaying a photo of it on its website.

Its lawyers sent the gallery and the newspaper a letter demanding its removal.

The gallery refused, saying it would be "censorship to take the image down". City Press also refused, saying it would leave this to a court to decide.

The painting by Cape Town artist Brett Murray has sparked debate about freedom of expression and the right to dignity and privacy.

The ANC will argue in court on Thursday that it should be removed because it violates Zuma's right to dignity and makes a mockery of his office.

Two men allegedly defaced the portrait with red and black paint on Tuesday morning. The will appear in court in Hillbrow on Wednesday.

The gallery has temporarily closed its doors to the public.

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