Silence descends outside High Court

2012-05-24 12:01
Johannesburg - Silence settled on the streets outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg as South Africans, old and young, stopped to watch a court case over the controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma on big screens.

Inside the court lawyers for the ANC argued that The Spear by Brett Murray, depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, was disrespectful and violated his dignity. They asked that it be removed from an exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank.

The audience stretched for over a block, watched over by police in crowd-control vehicles.

Earlier ANC supporters arrived on Harley Davidson motorbikes, stirring up a gathering crowd toyi-toying in support of Zuma.

Members of the ANC's military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe paraded in front of the spectators.

"We are here to support our father, the father of our nation," said Fannie Nkosi, a member of the public.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, and Zuma's son Duduzane, were spotted arriving at court.

The court will decide on whether, in this case, freedom of expression supersedes an individual's right to dignity.

On Tuesday the work was vandalised by two men who smeared paint across it. A third man was later caught trying to spray paint the word "respect" on the wall outside the gallery. All three were arrested and the gallery temporarily closed.
Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  brett murray  |  zuma painting

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

How Hlaudi sold the SABC

2016-12-11 06:01

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
20 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
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.