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.

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