Zuma painting draws protest crowd

2012-05-22 11:06
Johannesburg - As promised by the ANC, hundreds of people carrying posters slamming a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma toyi-toyied outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

At the Goodman Gallery The Spear painting was smeared with black paint.

BBC correspondent Andrew Harding tweeted, "Zuma picture smeared with black paint. Man who did it tells me "picture was offensive." gallery guard assaults him. 2nd man arrested too."

Wearing T-shirts proclaiming: "President Zuma has the right to human dignity and privacy" in the same red and black as the Brett Murray painting the ANC wants removed, his supporters sang songs and ululated in Kruis Street, opposite the court.

Glossy posters with the ANC logo saying "We say no! To abuse of artistic expression" were held aloft as a man dressed in military camouflage led the group in song and chanting.

A large ANC branded stage backed into Pritchard Street opposite court and traffic was diverted for the application by Zuma and the ANC.

They want the Goodman Gallery, which is exhibiting the painting which shows Zuma's genitals, to remove it because it violates his and the party's right to dignity. They also want City Press to remove images of the painting from its website.

Both the gallery and City Press have refused.
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