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Zuma painting: Streets closed for court bid

2012-05-22 09:11

Johannesburg - Several streets around the High Court in Johannesburg will be closed on Tuesday to allow ANC members to protest, the city's metro police said.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said sections of Pritchard and President streets would be closed off.

"The roads will be closed because of the ANC protest. They will re-open after 15:00."

The court will hear an application by the ANC to compel the Goodman Gallery to take down a 1.85m-high painting titled "The Spear", which is part of Brett Murray's "Hail to the Thief II" exhibition. The party was also trying to stop City Press from displaying a photo of it on its website.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ANC Women's League's Gauteng branch called on its members to "heed the call of the ANC" and support the court action.

"No South African, despite the office they occupy, deserves such disrespect and only a perverse mind would draw such malicious depictions," the league said in a statement.

"We condemn the art work with the contempt that it deserves and hope that Brett Murray will use this time to do some much needed introspection on his values and ethics as a human being."

The ANC called on its members to gather outside the court "to defend the dignity, reputation and integrity of the president of the ANC".

The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday that a spokesperson for the Nazareth Baptist Church, Enoch Mthembu, has called for Murray to be stoned.

"This man has insulted the entire nation and he deserves to be stoned to death. What he did clearly shows his racist upbringing because art does not allow people to insult others."

The ANC served the gallery and the City Press with court papers of Friday.

"These court papers are seeking to interdict both parties from displaying and exhibiting on their website or any other platform, including the online channels, the offensive and distasteful so-called portrait," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

The Cape Times reported on Tuesday that Murray did not intend to harm anyone with the painting.

"I never intended the artwork to cause any hurt or to harm the dignity of any person," he said in a responding affidavit to Zuma's court application.

He said his work was "an attempt at humorous satire of political power and patriarchy within the context of other artworks in the exhibition and within the broader context of South African discourse".

The gallery has rejected ANC demands to take the painting down, saying it would stay until the show was over. City Press has also refused to comply.

"Members of the ANC, supporters and the mass democratic movement structures are requested to converge at Kruis Street, in Johannesburg as from 10am as an act of solidarity to the president and the ANC," the ruling party said.

The painting has been widely condemned by, among others, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, the presidency and the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

Meanwhile, the Film and Publication Board still had to decide if "The Spear" needed to be removed. Its classifiers visited the gallery on Monday following complaints from members of the public.



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Comments
  • Christopher - 2012-05-22 09:15

    Are they all jobless these people?

      Christopher - 2012-05-22 09:16

      This is all they seem to do is march, strike march again?? Start earning a living people...make South Africa better!

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-22 09:20

      more than likely! They'd rather not work & get together for some dancing and KFC!

      Leon - 2012-05-22 09:22

      Nope just brainless!

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-22 09:23

      Chris they are all in government - hence they have nothing to do.

      John - 2012-05-22 09:24

      its rent a crowd the same bunch that marched for cosatuvthe other day

      Rob - 2012-05-22 09:24

      Is this the only news we have got for F@@k sakes?

      Deon - 2012-05-22 09:25

      Marching and protesting seems to be a full time job for some.

      frederik - 2012-05-22 09:36

      So Juluis malema was right all along.......Now you can see the (dick)tator in all his glory.......What a shambles this country is......

      phathuchicos - 2012-05-22 09:45

      No...they aren't jobless...currently on the ANC website there are striking and maching posts open for the youths that goes like this. SA Youth freedom activists wanted Requirements: must have dropped out of school. Salary package: Child support grant, Freedom from prosecution and reduced jail time incase of a criminal offense, RDP everything as benefits. 31 days in a month of doing nothing...WE MEAN NOTHING!!!! Duties: Stand for the rights of tenderpreneurs and freedom F*****s. Must be able to display anger violently when confronted with challenging questions or if justice doesnt turn out the way its expected. To be considered for a post just show up at any strike/celebration and show us what you are made of.

      nmateke - 2012-05-22 09:55

      They don't have jobs and there is nothing funny about that, we have see DA march people told the story.unless its was just an act to humiliate the unemployed

      Papa-storm - 2012-05-22 10:02

      i think they get paid per strike cause im a working person and i cant seem to find the time in a normal working day to strike

      Jan - 2012-05-22 10:02

      Small things amuse small minds....

      Burtfred - 2012-05-22 10:12

      Enoch Mthembu of the Nazareth Baptist Church has called for the artist to be stoned. What kind of Christian is this violent racist? Has he not heard of "judge not lest thee be judged", or "turn the other cheek"? I'm going to the police station now to lay a criminal charge of incitement to violence against the man.

      atholl.hay - 2012-05-22 10:16

      I wish there were as much outrage about 1 700 000 learners in Limpopo without text books or R20 billion being lost to corruption by the Zuma government etc, etc, etc .....

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 10:32

      Nando,s going to cracker aid on this one, cannot wait hahahaha...

      Alan - 2012-05-22 10:33

      Which Street is closed? Kromdraai?

      Christopher - 2012-05-22 11:05

      Hahaha...there are only around 100 supporters and now they have to come back on thursday to hear the "verdict"...by the time this thing is completed the Exhibition would be over...idiots!

      Fly - 2012-05-22 11:14

      Painting doesn't even look like JZ. Check out his face, looks more like Vavi... Stomacks look alike too...

      sean.looney - 2012-05-22 11:22

      i can't believe how this has kicked off. the mind boggles.. someone please save south africa. things cannot go on like this!

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-22 11:43

      To our white fellow South Africans, if you really want to see change in this country, you would stand up and condemn these kind of provocations. The only thing that can ome out of this is to perpetuate racial divisions that already exist in SA. We will all go to the polling stations with our hearts and not our heads. In that case, the black led government will always win because this is black dominate country in terms of numbers. I honestly wish some political analysts could stand up and advise our nation on these kind of issues.

      sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-05-22 15:09

      no, they are drs, judges, lawyers, tenderpreneurs. u clown

  • John - 2012-05-22 09:16

    The ANC is pulling out all the stops on this one but when the masses scream "Kill the boer" then absolutely nothing gets done. How pathetic!

      Christopher - 2012-05-22 09:34

      "spokesperson for the Nazareth Baptist Church, Enoch Mthembu, has called for Murray to be stoned". And they call themselves a church? Satans Lair more like it!

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-05-22 09:38

      I'm starting to wonder if they are trying to hide something. Why so much attention and hype over a matter so insignificant?

      John - 2012-05-22 09:41

      Poloyatonki = Joumasedonki

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-22 09:48

      John.. Just as I thought that you will result to insults.

      Felix - 2012-05-22 10:00

      So Polydick, do you get the point that anc shouts freedom of speech when threatening a minority with genocide, but all of a sudden jumps in anger for a painting?

      Ricardo - 2012-05-22 10:02

      Poloy... Zuma has four wives, the fifth one died, 22 children, 13 other children out of wedlock that we know of, he could have 14 out of wedlock, has numerous mistresses - and he gets upset about a painting where he is depicted as a philandering womaniser? Strange that someone would think that?

      Martin - 2012-05-22 10:19

      what masses, it seems 20 supporters rocked up haha

      Alan - 2012-05-22 10:25

      Trollotonki Alert!

      Gerald - 2012-05-22 10:26

      @ John, You are very right, quite pathetic. Also pathetic is that because they sing a stupid inciteful now made it that you support the actions of our highly esteemed artist. Kill the Boer is wrong, that pic is wrong. I knew the moment I saw that pic that it will divide a divided nation further. More's the pity. My one cent's worth....I support this action by the ANC and their mass action. Bret, enjoy your legacy

      Alan - 2012-05-22 10:34

      @Christopher - He belongs to Cosatu bru!

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-05-22 09:16

    aaaaah...the classical...''Much ado about Nothing'

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-22 09:34

      I mean seriously...how on EARTH did this even turn into a race issue? WTF has this painting got ANYTHING to do with race? I think the ANC is using this as a nice fat wedge of division...do they really enjoy bringing this country down with them? Why make this an ANC verses the world situation? I feel that the ANC WANT things to go down, they WANT black vs white, they WANT things in our once beautifully developed (and on its way to a first world country) to fall apart with anarchy, theft, corruption etc. Do these guys really not know the difference which way is FORWARD and which way is BACKWARD? they really are a useless government....who relies on racism to survive

      Alan - 2012-05-22 10:51

      Actuallt Peter - you hit the nail on the head there. The Govt DOES rely on RACISM TO SURVIVE!

  • rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-05-22 09:16

    What does it matter if they remove the painting now. I am sure the whole of SA and the rest of the world has seen the bloody thing by now. Especially now that the anCancer has made such a fuss about it!! Good work!!

      monkinsane - 2012-05-22 10:05

      LOL, I didn't even know the painting existed before the cANCer started to make a fuss about it! Hahahahaha! Well done Zume & Co, you gave Bret some free publicity!! An as they say: there's no such thing as bad publicity.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 11:05

      I can just see the Courtroom Scene - ALL RISE! bwaaahaaaa

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 11:22

      "Alan, good one, hope zuma is in the room aswell..... case closed.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 11:32

      scary I tell you! If all the ANC Members were to rise in court..... E. Disfunction?

  • Gary - 2012-05-22 09:16

    So it seems everyone has a home, a job and car, and this is now extra state funds to spend on cr@p

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-22 09:49

      Tell that to the artist who started all this...

      Jan - 2012-05-22 10:52

      hey polio what are you doing on your computer!!!!!!!! should you not be striking with your comrades

      Alan - 2012-05-22 10:58

      Trollotonki alert!

  • ralph.klopper - 2012-05-22 09:17

    More business for rent-a-protest and PG glass.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 11:05

      raise your glasses of Shardonnay..... whaahaa

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-22 09:19

    How about all you ANC followers go do some work instead of worrying about JZ's penis!

  • Alex - 2012-05-22 09:20

    I'll be very surprised if they succeed in getting an interdict. This clearly doesn't amount to hate speech or incitement of violence (unlike the statement given by the Nazareth Baptist Church) so the only cause of action in defamation... It will be interesting to see how this plays out in light of the fairly recent case of Le Roux v Dey. But I suspect that the simplicity of the artwork will lead the Court to rule in the artist's favour. Even if they don't, it's on the internet now...

  • mmakgomo.tshetlo - 2012-05-22 09:20

    How does a church representative call for the stoning of another man?

      Alex - 2012-05-22 09:28

      Deuternonomy 22:21 "she shall be brought to the door of her father's house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father's house. You must purge the evil from among you." I'm surprised more Church representatives don't...

      eil33nn - 2012-05-22 09:30

      How very Christian of them...

      riaan.stols - 2012-05-22 09:48

      Don’t Christians generally burn people at the stake they don’t agree with? Maybe the church is progressing after all.

      Martin - 2012-05-22 10:21

      right back to the beginning of jeebus, it has been the xtian way, now they dont like talking bout it cos they wanna keep up appearences

      Alan - 2012-05-22 10:36

      Alex - completely out of context!

      Alex - 2012-05-22 12:22

      @ Alan: Sorry mate, you're right... What's the context in which it's appropriate to stone a woman to death because she had sex with someone in her father's house?

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-05-22 09:22

    Dear Sheeple, Get to the court building and get free chicken. Yours, JZ

      Alan - 2012-05-22 10:37

      Er- Juju ate all the Chickens. I believe there are only cocks left.

      Arthur - 2012-05-22 11:01

      Alan! I'm going to sue you for making me laugh so hard that I fell off my chair.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 11:06

      I had better duck!

      Alan - 2012-05-22 11:15

      sometimes bird chirps are hard to swallow.

  • Peter - 2012-05-22 09:23

    "The painting has been widely condemned by, among others, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, the presidency and the Congress of SA Trade Unions." Why didn't they condemn Ayanda Mbulu's painting? oh wait thats a black person ANC only condemns white people

      Agedah Alex - 2012-05-22 09:30

      If this in SA go bad as Zim,your comment won't mean jack then,theres a lot of anti white anger,so whites should be careful

      Peter - 2012-05-22 09:37

      @Agedah Alex - Why don't they aim their anger at corruption? Durban metro police has R1.3 billion out standing in fines, R30 Billion was wasted on e-tolls, there is no medicine in some hospitals and stock piles of medicine that past their expiry date YEARS ago, there is no service delivery and there are still kids without books. Those are all problems caused by Government and the ANC. So whats the problem with white people.

      Werner - 2012-05-22 09:44

      Agedah, are you stuck?

      deon.vanrhyn - 2012-05-22 10:06

      agedah TROLL alert

      Alan - 2012-05-22 10:39

      @Agedah - you oke's are so blinded by black vs white, you don't seem to be able to see what the real problems are in the country. A Kingdom is ruled by a King. We are a Country!

  • Eva - 2012-05-22 09:23

    If only they made such a fuss over the state the country's in ...

  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-22 09:26

    African Culture = Denialism. Ignore the problem. It won't exist. Failing which, find another (insignificant) problem with an ethics theme and make it centre stage. Always. ALWAYS go for the Moral Higher Ground by pointing blame.

      Mfundi - 2012-05-22 10:39

      "African Culture = Denialism." - You lost me there. Generalizing is not intelligent at all!

      mastersvoice - 2012-05-22 10:45

      Mfundi is correct - I think your statement should read "African Politics = Denialsm".

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 11:17

      All South Africans are African, although some would wish to deny this and then, turn around and accuse others of denialism :-/

      Alan - 2012-05-22 11:23

      @Salee - it is de'naai'alism that started all of this.

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 11:31

      Oh @Alan - that's a beauty lol !

  • mastersvoice - 2012-05-22 09:26

    Our beloved president is at the centre of yet another sordid controversy. Instead of being a dignified statesman, he is a laughing buffoon! How much more of this idiot can South Africa take?

  • Mfundi - 2012-05-22 09:27

    Oh! This is getting boring. Take it down, don't take it down but everybody knows...

  • clive.gerada - 2012-05-22 09:30

    The Value of the painting just went up, the buyer must be pleased

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 11:19

      Financial value? Awesome! Too bad we can't say the same about its artistic value. Ten years from now, it will still be a copycat painting of some guy's balls.

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 11:19

      Imagine it in your living room. Have you puked yet?

  • phathuchicos - 2012-05-22 09:31

    LOL is all I can say...The country is burning because of unemployment and crime, what the comrades can do is to protest against a picture of a pornstar on display...come on. People dont get the message of the picture at all...just like super with chest open symbolising that he's going to save the world with his strength so is Msholozi going to save all SA women with his spear...

  • mike.clery - 2012-05-22 09:32

    This is win-win for the ANC. If the court rules in their favour, it's a victory. If it doesn't, then they'll have gained a *lot* of new support for their "the courts are untransformed" position. This painting didn't do South Africans any favours.

      Arthur - 2012-05-22 11:04

      I didn't think of it like that, well said.

  • Ben - 2012-05-22 09:33

    Denny Crane!

  • melania.nel - 2012-05-22 09:33

    And still no word on the painting by Ayanda Mabula.

      lynn.barrett.35 - 2012-05-22 09:38

      And That painting is far more graphic and degrading. I wonder if they will stone him too.

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-22 09:42

      Indeed even the Arch's genitals are hanging out in this one - and no one is saying a peep.... hypocrites!

      Iceberg - 2012-05-22 10:04

      Mike, Zuma doesn't have time for art exibitions and such. Not even the Minister of Arts and Culture was aware of this painting until City Press drew their attention to it. I don't think Zuma or the minister has ever heard of Ayanda Mabula or his painting.

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-22 10:22

      Iceberg - well the only reason why we all heard about it is because of the hoo-haa the ANC has made...

  • Nigel - 2012-05-22 09:33

    It's not about the painting (any more), for me it's now about the message it delivered, and in my opinion the message is spot on. Do what you want with the painting, the message will live on because it's true. Trust the ANC to miss the whole point.

  • Herman - 2012-05-22 09:34

    No matter what the court decides, the painting says it all!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-05-22 09:34

    And about Enoch mthembu...is he really a pastor or one of those 21st century bling politicians/business-minded pastors?

      Arthur - 2012-05-22 11:05

      Probably a Pedo with a guilty conscience.

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-05-22 09:35

    Citizen X, they r unhappy cos the picture shows it to be smaller than it really is.

  • Werner - 2012-05-22 09:36

    If only the same energy can be shown when it comes to real matters....

      makhoanatebogo - 2012-05-22 09:58

      true dt mayb our country wud be a better one, his busy getin merried, so he brought dt to the artist, evn myself i wud do it coz dts hw we live ths days, n thers nthng wrong abt dt, if dts wrong wt abt ppl like sarah bartmaan, ws it ryt abt hr, zuma ke nonsens crus, creat jobs n stop destroying art

  • Dewald Annelie Labuschagne - 2012-05-22 09:36

    Im wondering, does Pres Zuma like this attention?. The ANC is more upset than Zuma himself. Why do we not see news reports about Zuma taking legal actions agians the artist and the Gallery. Why does the police not arrest this parties for spreading porographic material to miners. This is popping up in schools already

  • Dirk Benadie - 2012-05-22 09:37

    "should be stoned to death" wow, not even killers and rapists in this country are properly punished??????

      Lesiba C Mmotlana - 2012-05-22 09:45

      Zuma brought this to himself,Respect yourself first ,then people will do so,people that dont know art will talk too much,like PAUL MASHATILE,the artwork put everything where it belongs!!!

  • VWhitepaw - 2012-05-22 09:38

    How we are stuck in the past in this modern age. We have to stone people to death? Didn't we stop that practice centuries ago? True that some other 3rd/4th world countries are still doing it. Murray is a racist?... On what grounds? Remember, by calling someone a racist without proof or intent, you proof yourself a racist. I say Enoch Mthembu is the rasist here. I agree that it might not be in good taste. I would not like a portrait like that of myself. So ask him to take it down. Take it to court. But throwing words at him is also wrong. Two wrongs does not make a right.

  • sheda.habib - 2012-05-22 09:40

    Closed Roads CLOSED MINDS Viva ANC you have destroyed DEMOCRACY

  • Victor - 2012-05-22 09:40

    This Brett guy has no respect for our president and he's a racist period.

      Sekalf - 2012-05-22 09:53

      He Victor, I am sure you would make a good 'Spear' too - except JZuma is hetero!!!!! Ha HA hA

      monkinsane - 2012-05-22 10:26

      Why, cause he is white? How about the artist that painted this painting: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-doXRCJ5jrA0/T7eLuQ2Ox2I/AAAAAAAAFcw/Rd5dWepZARg/s1600/1286981311_pic.jpg - is he/she racist too? Here's a hint for ya - the artist of the above-picture is black. Ayanda Mabula - and how can Bret's be racist if Ayanda Mabula's painting is far worse than his? You want to see a racist - look in the mirror.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 10:41

      Umm Victor - you have a reason why he should have respect?

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-22 10:57

      Nobody deserves this kind of disrespect. Brett would never depict his own father in this manner. But, let me tell you. This is only going to fuel more support for the man who is meant to be disgraced.

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 11:11

      Well he is definitely not a racist, and regarding respect for your president, why should anyone respect this corrupt clown?

      Ricus - 2012-05-22 20:42

      Your President is incompetent!

  • Blaine - 2012-05-22 09:41

    Its going to be a gathering of all the unemployed people that voted for the ANC's empty promises. Cosatu must also through them with rocks to just catch a wake up.

  • thomas.dzivhani - 2012-05-22 09:41

    this is pure racism. if a black \artist\ depicts hellen zille with her \genitalia\ exposed. would also that called artistic?

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-22 09:44

      Small mind small mind - how come no one is running around the streets for this http://www.worldart.co.za/news/article.asp?ID=95 - painted 2 years ago.... is that racism too...?

      Werner - 2012-05-22 09:46

      You are quite right that this is pure racism. But on the ANC's part my friend. When a black person depicted the same thing nothing happened. But when a white person did it the ANC suddenly plays the race card. Bunch of Hypocrites.

      makhoanatebogo - 2012-05-22 09:49

      i lyk dt blain ppl lyk zuma undermines da nation st8

      Derek - 2012-05-22 10:25

      Does Helen Zille behave like our "President"? Is she immoral, philandering, unfaithfull, corrupt, polygamous, prone to nepotism, cronyism et al? leave her out of this and try and work out for yourself what the painting and other art works are saying about the ruling party. And by the way Murray also used his art to attack apartheid!

      monkinsane - 2012-05-22 10:31

      Why, cause he is white? How about the artist that painted this painting: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-doXRCJ5jrA0/T7eLuQ2Ox2I/AAAAAAAAFcw/Rd5dWepZARg/s1600/1286981311_pic.jpg - is he/she racist too? Here's a hint for ya - the artist of the above-picture is black. Ayanda Mabula - and how can Bret's be racist if Ayanda Mabula's painting is far worse than his? You want to see a racist - look in the mirror.

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-22 09:43

    no jobs huh, but hell we wont march against that, retarded dirty dishwater for brains

  • Hendriek - 2012-05-22 09:43

    One day will be one day,

  • Leon - 2012-05-22 09:44

    Hahaaa.. http://www.hayibo.com/zuma-painting-anc-apologises-for-using-old-race-card-confirms-that-gravity-is-racist/

  • Giftlucky - 2012-05-22 09:46

    The painting is racist

      deon.vanrhyn - 2012-05-22 09:48

      and u are an idiot

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-22 09:55

      Small mind small mind - how come no one is running around the streets for this http://www.worldart.co.za/news/article.asp?ID=95 - painted 2 years ago.... is that racism too...?

      Sekalf - 2012-05-22 09:56

      That took you some time to figure out smarty!

      Sean - 2012-05-22 10:11

      Giftlucky - Just a pitty you were not LUCKY enough to be GIFTED with a brain !

      monkinsane - 2012-05-22 10:32

      Why, cause the artist is white? How about the artist that painted this painting: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-doXRCJ5jrA0/T7eLuQ2Ox2I/AAAAAAAAFcw/Rd5dWepZARg/s1600/1286981311_pic.jpg - is he/she racist too? Here's a hint for ya - the artist of the above-picture is black. Ayanda Mabula - and how can Bret's be racist if Ayanda Mabula's painting is far worse than his? You want to see a racist - look in the mirror.

  • nolan.co.za - 2012-05-22 09:46

    is he pissed because it's as small as it is in real life?

  • Alan - 2012-05-22 09:47

    What other government in the ENTIRE world could make such fools of themselves as this? The SA issue of the week - is the painting offensive, or does it depict somebody as being an UPSTANDING MEMBER of society? Is the name of the painting offensive? Perhaps it could be named "Show-a-head", (so that people would be more focused on the person's head of course). Whaahaaaa LMML

  • malusi - 2012-05-22 09:50

    The dark underbelly of the beast( racist white south africa) is back full force. We bought into the idea that 'its only a fringe group' or ' its an angry blogger' or 'its political satire' or 'its art'. It is all done in the name of freedom of speech or freedom of expression. But all it does is reveal the dark underbelly of the beast. One blogger refered to black people as 'part child and part demon'. Freedom of racism thats what it is.

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-22 09:55

      Small mind small mind - how come no one is running around the streets for this http://www.worldart.co.za/news/article.asp?ID=95 - painted 2 years ago.... is that racism too...?

      Felix - 2012-05-22 10:13

      Just doing a survey here... How many black deaths at the hands of whites since 1994? Visa verse?

      monkinsane - 2012-05-22 10:28

      Why, cause he is white? How about the artist that painted this painting: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-doXRCJ5jrA0/T7eLuQ2Ox2I/AAAAAAAAFcw/Rd5dWepZARg/s1600/1286981311_pic.jpg - is he/she racist too? Here's a hint for ya - the artist of the above-picture is black. Ayanda Mabula - and how can Bret's be racist if Ayanda Mabula's painting is far worse than his? You want to see a racist - look in the mirror.

  • malusi - 2012-05-22 09:50

    The dark underbelly of the beast( racist white south africa) is back full force. We bought into the idea that 'its only a fringe group' or ' its an angry blogger' or 'its political satire' or 'its art'. It is all done in the name of freedom of speech or freedom of expression. But all it does is reveal the dark underbelly of the beast. One blogger refered to black people as 'part child and part demon'. Freedom of racism thats what it is.

      monkinsane - 2012-05-22 10:32

      Why, cause the artist is white? How about the artist that painted this painting: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-doXRCJ5jrA0/T7eLuQ2Ox2I/AAAAAAAAFcw/Rd5dWepZARg/s1600/1286981311_pic.jpg - is he/she racist too? Here's a hint for ya - the artist of the above-picture is black. Ayanda Mabula - and how can Bret's be racist if Ayanda Mabula's painting is far worse than his? You want to see a racist - look in the mirror.

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 11:16

      "Freedom of racism thats what it is". No, that is what you and your Governement practice every day, not Bret Murray.

  • Brett - 2012-05-22 09:51

    Has anyone else noticed it's not Zuma's actual genitals? Nor is it actually Zuma?

  • Sekalf - 2012-05-22 09:55

    yeeaaah, another reason to bunk work!

  • heather.webber.14 - 2012-05-22 09:55

    For once I agree with Zuma. Nobody should be able to represent somebody's private parts for display without that persons express permission. Otherwise you are setting up a precedence that says it's okay to send a depiction of your daughters private parts by text...??? or have it painted on in the class room.!! Dangerous stuff!

  • Jacques - 2012-05-22 09:56

    Yet another attempt to destry freedom of speech and freedom of expression?

  • Riad - 2012-05-22 09:57

    I look at this as a strategy from the ANC considering that in recent times based on the SANRAL debacle, the ANC realised that they are tarnished in the eyes of their support base and as circumstance present itself an opportunist would cease the moment and use this based on cultural difference and retort to historical rhetoric to test the water and resort to damage limitation mode and subject to their recent call, this will be telling time for the leading party to re-evaluate their popularity amongst their diminishing support base. Come on, did I stare up enough reasons for the conspiracy theorist to enhance on…….

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-05-22 09:59

    Dignity,integrity? These fools are not serious,Thami our general assistant has more dignity and integrity in his pinky toe than this corrupt sexmonger has in his entire flabby lump of a body.

  • Michael - 2012-05-22 10:02

    Stop crying Zuma,stop being a child,a dimwitted one at that...Its clear that in your life you think alot or most of the time with your small head,so why not draw...Artists may do what they like,SIMPLY DO YOUR JOB IDIOT!!!Eish I caaannt

  • magume.ntsena - 2012-05-22 10:03

    Even da cats n da dogs r laughin @ him. He rather accepts sooner than later dt he's a laughin stock n im nt proud he's a president who doesnt hv respect 4 hmslf bt expct hs surbodinate to, sis man

      magume.ntsena - 2012-05-22 10:16

      In essence mr zuma ur dividing this country, do instrospection about urslf u aint hv tym, all u can think of is screwin women's

  • Luke - 2012-05-22 10:04

    Meanwhile in Cuba

      Alan - 2012-05-22 11:02

      Meanwhile in Cua, they Havana great time.

  • Quinten - 2012-05-22 10:06

    In a perfect world, the current leadership would take corruption, wasteful expenditure and indeptitude as seriously as they would this painting. Would that not serve the country better and discourage satire like this? which only exists due to the misjudgements of the country's leadership, their own fault really, they will however seek someone to blame.

      Mandla Mavuso - 2012-05-22 10:35

      what they did to Jz was totally disrespectful,no 1 deserves that.attention seekers who draw that