Mantashe calls for march on art gallery

2012-05-24 18:59

Johannesburg - ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe asked the crowd outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, protesting against a painting of the president, to march on the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank next Tuesday.

Hundreds of people were at the court to watch, on big screens, proceedings of an application by the ANC to have a painting depicting the genitals of President Jacob Zuma removed from the gallery.

The work called <em>The Spear</em> by Brett Murray has outraged many South Africans, who feel it violates the president's personal dignity and is disrespectful to his office.

"African culture is not inferior," Mantashe told the crowd, "We must protect African-ness."

He echoed SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande's call to boycott City Press, the newspaper that broke the story of the painting and then posted it on its website, citing "freedom of expression".

Earlier, in response to calls for a boycott, City Press editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee said: "As an editor one tries one's best to be first with the news and to maximise your newspaper's impact. No one wants a boycott."

Jackson Mthembu, the ANC's national spokesperson, said the guard who stopped vandals from destroying the picture was "a fool". On advocate Gcina Malindi, who broke down in court on Thursday, Mthembu said: "Our lawyers are also simple people. Our lawyers also become overcome by this nonsense."

ANC Gauteng provincial secretary David Makhura said he would defend anyone who was insulted in the name of art.

Duduzile Zuma thanked the crowd for supporting his father.

Umkhonto we Sizwe national chairperson Kenny Mapatswe said the ANC's military wing would come to court "again and again to defend dignity".

He said a review of the constitution must be looked into. "In other countries it [the painting] would never happen."

- SAPA

Read more on:    anc  |  ferial haffajee  |  jackson mthembu  |  jacob zuma  |  david makhura  |  brett murray  |  blade nzimande  |  gwede mantashe  |  protests
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
28 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Zille: Only DA can challenge ANC in F State

The DA is the only party that can challenge the ANC in the Free State, opposition party leader Helen Zille says.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Monday Paarl - 17:32 PM
    Road name: N1 Inbound
    BUSY CONDTIONS at Huguenot tunnel - EXPECT DELAYS
  • Monday Camps Bay - 17:27 PM
    Road name: Victoria Road Northbound
    DELAYS though central Camps Bay area
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy Ace

A sleek combination of technology and sophisticated design, the Samsung...

From R1799.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There may be a break through, either through quiet contemplative time to connect to your deep side or forced on you by...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.