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Film board postpones Zuma art meeting

2012-05-23 12:37

Johannesburg - A meeting of the Film and Publication Board to decide on the status of the controversial Zuma painting has been postponed until next Tuesday.

A decision on whether or not the meeting would be open to the media had not been taken yet, board spokesman Prince Mlimandlela Ndamase said on Wednesday.

The board sent a team of five classifiers to view and classify Brett Murray's much publicised painting "The Spear", which was on display at the Goodman Gallery. It shows President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed. The work was vandalised on Tuesday and the gallery temporarily closed.

On Wednesday, the board's CEO Yoliswa Makhasi recused herself from a hearing on the classification following a complaint by City Press editor Ferial Haffajee that she was biased.

Haffajee said on 567CapeTalk on Wednesday morning that Makhasi's tweets during the hearing on Tuesday night indicated the hearing was purely for show.

"We looked at the tweets of the CEO and it was very clear that a decision had already been made... the issue had been pre-judged. It's supposed to be an independent institution."

The hearing would take place at 2pm on Tuesday.

Comments
  • Tuco - 2012-05-23 12:53

    what planet are these people living on? the painting has been defaced and theres nothing to show

      Kala - 2012-05-23 12:59

      It has already been reported on E News that one of the members of the Board had already Tweeted that a decsion had been reached before even hearing the Gallery's statements. In the same vain though, all images of the Zulu reed dance should be classified as pornography. All those topless maidens parading in front of Zwelintini is way more graphic than a painting.

      Peter - 2012-05-23 13:01

      This makes headlines but people being murdered, raped, abused gets ignored, what a sad and pathetic country we live in

      onlineivan - 2012-05-23 13:08

      We need to focus on love, to accept our differences and join together so that we can stand up to a much greater problem. There are forces in the world that are trying to divide us, to conquer us and control us and this is the only reason that things like this happen… You have the choice but make sure you understand where these issues are really coming from. It's a lot deeper than race, culture and other differences. We need to look inside the system, see that there are forces at work that feed off all this conflict. It's time now, our chance for freedom and unity is NOW even more than before.

      Rob - 2012-05-23 13:12

      POSTPONE!! He must be on holiday AGAIN!!!

  • onlineivan - 2012-05-23 12:59

    We need to focus on love, to accept our differences and join together so that we can stand up to a much greater problem. There are forces in the world that are trying to divide us, to conquer us and control us and this is the only reason that things like this happen… You have the choice but make sure you understand where these issues are really coming from. It's a lot deeper than race, culture and other differences. We need to look inside the system, see that there are forces at work that feed off all this conflict. It's time now, our chance for freedom and unity is NOW even more than before.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-05-23 13:10

    Twitter has, once again, voiced it's tool as an expression of freedom. May humans continue to express the truth through social media.

  • neels.swart.7 - 2012-05-23 13:16

    The spear and his corrupt goverment does not give a damn if a white man is brutally murdered every week so I don't feel a f.... for your feelings as well I hope more people can paint you as you lead this country in a downwards spiral you rascist

  • AikhonaZuma - 2012-05-23 13:21

    I actually think we should start to hold these organizations responsible. Since when does the FPB have the mandate to argue what is surely a private matter. This is another clear indication of abuse of public resources, where these people could have spent their time on issues of real importance to the whole republic, and not just one person. The only reason why this thing is dealyed is because this does whole silly saga does not require their interference, and they keep on dilly-dallying instead of just telling the National Idiot where to get off. And guess what, with all these postponements, they actually waste precious tax payer resources, which could have been more gainfully applied somewhere else. I think we should actually lay a complaint against this for abuse of state resources. It is our money, and we have a right to say how it should be applied.

  • Christian J Denyschen - 2012-05-23 13:27

    What a sad day or week in this country, the white man has no voice in his country anymore. We cant even voice our opinion on people who is suppose to run the country be it in bad taste. What you guys don't understand who felt offended by the painting is that the painting also spoke for u, when you sit in your shack or where ever you are and there is poverty around you ask yourself what has zuma done to better your live? It is a sad sad story when one would stand up and fight for someone els at the expense of yourself. what you need to remember is you voted him into power he works for you, who do you think pays his salary? he is not the king of all land he is here to serve the public his employers.

      AikhonaZuma - 2012-05-23 13:34

      Eish. If its any comfort, boet, we blacks don`t seem to have much of a voice either. And the clueless bunch who hollers and toyi-toyi`s on behalf of the National Idiot - they do seem to have a voice!, do not represent the balance of the more darker-shaded portion of the country. We shouldn`t allow this state of affairs to go unchallenged though as we`ll be equally guilty of not having fought the good fight when the fighting is still good. Tell you what, I still have a blunt assegai and a sharp knobkierie stashed away somewhere. You can have your pick of either one of those, as long as you lay in a good supply of hardehout!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-23 13:43

    NOTHING IS INDEPENDENT, Independence is a nice word that doesn't have any real meaning in government institutions.

  • Chris - 2012-05-23 13:52

    The telling statement is "We looked at the tweets of the CEO and it was very clear that a decision had already been made... the issue had been pre-judged. It's supposed to be an independent institution."", clearly one cannot be blamed for coming to the conclusion that the CEO is another one of the Zuma Nostra deployed cadre's.

  • AikhonaZuma - 2012-05-23 13:59

    For interest sake: Have anyone noticed that this Tamasomething person almost never post anything of his own. He mostly respond to other people`s comments in a very negative manner, which is a fairly good reflection of the people he defends so enthusiastically: No independent thought or opinions of his own. Your mother should have smothered when she had the chance, you bloody agent! We don`t need people like you in this country. Things are bad enough as it is, for someone to waste everyone time with nothing constructive. I will find out who you are, and all you`ll hear is the sound of knobkieries talking. Maybe a good bash on the head will knock some sense into you, or knock the last bit of sense out of you. We`ll be done a big favour either way.

  • Phumi - 2012-05-23 13:59

    No need for the meeting (that ever are holding us from progress), we have already taken care of the painting the way we know best. Your opinions will be waste of time on this non-issue nowr!

  • Bibi - 2012-05-23 14:07

    Enough legal time spent on this rubbish now, get back to ruling the country and prosecuting criminals. And Jacob can now get on his podium and get involved with real issues like his corrupt SAPS buddies and his corrupt family members.

  • Loo - 2012-05-23 14:24

    Worse than the courts.. WILL any government institution just take a decision for a change .. damn

      Loo - 2012-05-23 14:32

      LOL typical.. they're going to take a decision on a painting that doesn't even technically exist in its original form anymore .. Early bird did not catch the worm hehhe. Oh but enjoy the scrumptious lunch.

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