Minister opens case over Zuma painting

2012-05-21 09:23
Cape Town - The ministry of justice is opening a case of crimen injuria with the police over Brett Murray’s painting of President Jacob Zuma.

The painting, called The Spear, shows Zuma standing with his penis hanging out.

Tlali Tlali told News24: “The minister is carrying the instruction [to open the case] from the president to that effect.”

The painting, part of an exhibition titled Hail to the Thief II at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, will also be the subject of a court battle on Tuesday at the South Gauteng High Court after the ANC argued that it violated Zuma’s right to dignity and made a mockery of his office.

Zuma says he was “shocked, and felt personally offended and violated” when he saw a copy of the painting for the first time.

The painting, which has divided public opinion in the country, depicts him as “a philanderer, a womaniser and one with no respect”, says Zuma.

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