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ANC to go to court over Zuma painting

2012-05-17 22:28

Johannesburg - The ANC vowed on Thursday to go to court to get a painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals hanging out, removed from a Johannesburg gallery.

"The African National Congress is extremely disturbed and outraged by the distasteful and indecent manner in which Brett Murray and the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg is displaying the person of comrade President Jacob Zuma," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

"We have this morning [Thursday] instructed our lawyers to approach our courts to compel [them] to remove the portrait from display as well as from their website and destroy all printed promotional material."

The 1.85m-high acrylic on canvas painting titled The Spear is part of Murray's Hail to the Thief II exhibition at the gallery.

It is part of a body of satirical work which is a sequel to his 2010 exhibition Hail to the Thief.

A biography of Murray handed out by the gallery shows how Murray's work continues his forthright attacks on abuses of power.

His bronzes, etchings, paintings and silk-screens formed part of a "vitriolic and succinct censure of bad governance".

They were Murray's attempts to humorously expose the paucity of morals and greed within the ruling elite, according to the biography.

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The painting of Zuma, and a few other pieces, have already been sold.

The ANC said the painting violated Zuma's right to dignity.

It said the image and the dignity of the president as president of the ANC, president of the country, and as a human being had been dented by "this so-called piece of art".

Staff at the Goodman Gallery said on Thursday that the exhibition, which opened on May 10, had been well received, with positive comments in the guest book.

"Hilariously sad and true," wrote one person. Other comments were "brilliant", "very cool" and "amazing".

The gallery said it would make an official comment in response to the ANC's threat of court action, but had not done so by Thursday evening.

The ANC also bemoaned the use of the party's logo.

Part of Murray's work was a poster of the ANC's emblem with "for sale" printed on top of it and then "sold" stamped across it.

"The vulgar portrait and the dismembering of the ANC logo... is an abuse of freedom of artistic expression and an acute violation of our constitution, apart from being defamatory," said Mthembu.

Murray also took struggle posters and adapted them to read: "Amandla, we demand Chivas, BMWs and bribes"; "Now you have touched the women you have struck a rock, you have dislodged a boulder; you will be president"; and "Tell my people that I love them and that they must continue the struggle for Chivas Regal, Mercs and Kick-backs".

The exhibition runs until June 16.

Murray is Cape Town-based artist whose work is to be found in a number of South African and international galleries.

Comments
  • Dave - 2012-05-17 22:39

    What can't speak, can't lie.

      Erich - 2012-05-18 09:01

      Is it not illegal to display graphic images of weapons of mass destruction?

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-18 10:27

      More like mass creation

      Preshen - 2012-05-18 10:32

      It is a weapon of mass production

      NrGx - 2012-05-18 10:47

      The painting should be called: "Nanku Mshiniwami" Translation: "here is my machine gun"

      Daniel - 2012-05-18 13:25

      Zuma's public conduct should be on trial - not the public opinion he himself has created.

      Larissa - 2012-05-18 15:58

      Some of the best comment I've heard about this so far: " But will it stand up in court?"

      RangoAndEmy - 2012-05-18 19:23

      I fell its completely appropriate, couldn't have said it better in words

      mcgillveraysabino - 2012-05-19 08:47

      Zuma has no education Zuma has no birth control All in all you just are Another brick in the wall All in all you just are a machine gunner! Zuma and Vavi are bricks in the wall keeping South Africans in Poverty, and slaves of the anc.

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-05-17 22:40

    The ANC are a joke. According to Pierre de Vos, the constitutional law expert, they have 0% chance of getting it banned. All they have done is increased the awareness of the art work. Here's the link - http://constitutionallyspeaking.co.za/on-the-president-his-penis-and-bizarre-attempts-to-censor-a-work-of-art/

      zaatheist - 2012-05-18 04:25

      Called the Streisand Effect. Obviously the ANC louts have not heard of it before.

      Peter - 2012-05-18 07:40

      @zaatheist - Obviously they havent, they are too busy driving around in their million rand cars and going on holidays at the tax payers expense, to read any books

      Merven - 2012-05-18 07:51

      Lol, next they'll try to change the constitution to ban any form of 'negative' art.

      Marion - 2012-05-18 08:34

      @Rabble-Rouser - according to Pierre de Vos "FW de Klerk reveals the dark underbelly of white south africa": http://constitutionallyspeaking.co.za/fw-de-klerk-reveals-dark-underbelly-of-white-south-africa/ I disagreed with him then (on basis of freedom of expression) and I disagree with him now (on basis of freedom of expression).

      Rabble-Rouser - 2012-05-18 10:16

      @Marion. What I like about Pierre de Vos is that he calls a spade a spade regardless of who or what they are. He will comment on the ANC, DA, FW de Klerk, Zuma, Zille and whatever. His commentary is analytical, logical and rational. And he will dissect and cut through the junk that politicians sprout. That is a good thing. He also gives positive commentary about the good things that happen too.

      Byron - 2012-05-18 10:42

      I don't see anything analytical, logical or rational in using the generalization "white south africa" - maybe that's just me.

      pumlanukunamyeki - 2012-05-18 12:47

      @Rabble the joke is on you.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-05-17 22:41

    The anc will now push for a communist state so they can silence artists and take away our freedom of speech, reminds me of the book 1984

      Peter - 2012-05-18 07:42

      Also reminds me of the USSR and China, speaking of which Jacob has a similar body build to that of Kim Jong-il

      Olivia - 2012-05-18 13:46

      @julian freedom of speach at whose expense, imagine if this was your father or De klerk. You can't correct a wrong with a wrong.

  • KCorsar - 2012-05-17 22:42

    Haha, so defensive, if only the same stance was applied to CORRUPTION and WHOLESALE THEFT. Spend time focused on real issues and artistic expressions like this will not be necessary. Well done to the artist for stirking so close to the bone

  • Dave - 2012-05-17 22:46

    ANC=0,Those against corruption= 46 000 000

      suzanne.hubbard.75 - 2012-05-18 10:15

      You are so right!

      Amanda.Bergstrom.Parfitt - 2012-05-19 11:21

      If that were true, the ANC would not be in government

      Danny - 2012-05-19 11:32

      Hi Dave I do hope that you are right on target with the statistics,you may have not considered the new-borns from all the wives.

      Jacob - 2012-05-19 17:34

      Yo belly is doing the thinkin fo u

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 22:48

    The irony of this is that the ANC is its own worst enemy. Had they not blown up about the painting, I certainly would not have known about it. Now it is the talk of the town. Go figure.

  • Ad - 2012-05-17 22:50

    Wonder where the artist got his motivation from?....lol

      John - 2012-05-18 06:11

      Did showerhead pose in person?

  • dineo.loate - 2012-05-17 22:57

    dats very funny,dats wat u get whn u hang ur dirty laundry in public 4 al 2 c,he brought it 2 hmslf!

  • Vernon - 2012-05-17 22:57

    watch the anc 'blow'this story out of proportion

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-18 03:17

      They already did. SA is spending far too much time as the Joker in the media of the World. We should hang our heads in shame. The haters are crowing.

      Xolani - 2012-05-18 04:03

      Watch murray 'blow' 100yrs of revolution

      John - 2012-05-18 06:03

      wait for Shapiro to jump on this one

      Peter - 2012-05-18 07:58

      @Xolani - That doesnt make any sense... nice try though. Quoting a single word and putting it in a sentence doesnt mean your smart

  • dineo.loate - 2012-05-17 22:58

    dats very funny,dats wat u get whn u hang ur dirty laundry in public 4 al 2 c,he brought it 2 hmslf!

  • dineo.loate - 2012-05-17 22:59

    dats very funny,dats wat u get whn u hang ur dirty laundry in public 4 al 2 c,he brought it 2 hmslf!

  • Vernon - 2012-05-17 23:00

    well.. let them try cover this one up

      Jo - 2012-05-17 23:34

      lol

  • Michael - 2012-05-17 23:02

    ok, so freedom of expression, right to free speech, and no opression of artists. I see how that doesn't apply in the new South Africa, and only when it suits the ANC.

      mmenzisco - 2012-05-17 23:05

      Just because they have freedom of expression, it doesn't mean that they have to violate other peoples right.

      Juan - 2012-05-18 04:11

      @Michael Zuma just like the rest of us also has a right to his dignity. We cannot exercise our rights if it violates other people's rights

      Vicker - 2012-05-18 07:56

      @Juan - agreed 100%. BUT then he should act with dignity if he expects to be treated with dignity. He is a public figure and as such is open to scrutiny and opinion.

      Peter - 2012-05-18 07:59

      @Yebo33 - Please tell your friend Julius and Vavi about your views. They will laugh you out of their presence

      Peter - 2012-05-18 08:00

      @Juan - "We cannot exercise our rights" thats true we cant because the ANC/Cosatu never lets us do that

  • Ad - 2012-05-17 23:05

    I see their point....lol

  • PainPunisher - 2012-05-17 23:10

    I'd like to see a painting of Zille... Mr Murray

      Sean - 2012-05-17 23:21

      lol , bush mentality , now you try and bring in Zille .

      Bongeka - 2012-05-17 23:30

      @PainPunisher.If that was aunty Zille's painting people in this blog would've been singing a different tune.Just to see how ignorant South Africans are,it's all about race and nothing else.People even fail to see that something is wrong just because the offender happens to be from the same race.I don't believe in that and I wish everybody can follow suits.To me if something is wrong then it is wrong irrespective of who said or done it.Wrong is wrong and it can never be right just because my brother said it or done it,finish and klaar.Give me a thousand thumbs down and I don't care.As long as the truth is told then I'm happy.

      mmenzisco - 2012-05-17 23:35

      I couldn't have said it better Bongeka. Well, that is the South Africa we live in. We have a long way to go.

      Jo - 2012-05-17 23:40

      Good idea, but unfortunately the series of paintings is about abuse of power, greed, bad governance, corruption and other things we shouldn't have to fight against in 2012...

      Juan - 2012-05-18 04:19

      Exactly, if Zuma can be portrayed this way I cannot see why Zille couldn't be portrayed that way eihter with her private parts showing. What's fit for the goose is fit for the gander.

      Koos - 2012-05-18 05:56

      If Zille is doing what zoomer does then fine. But you know it and I know it that you are actually trying to turn the thing into a black vs white issue. It is not.

      Peter - 2012-05-18 08:01

      @PainPunisher - You really want to see a middle aged woman painted naked? thats messed up dude

      Derek - 2012-05-18 11:42

      You guys bringing Zille into the equation are mindless! Does she have numerous extra-marital affairs and with her friends sons, does she seduce her friends children, does she suggest a shower to prevent aids, does she parade the world with numerous husbands (to me polygamy is formalised adultry and an affront to women) has she set an 'example' to the poor by bringing over 20 children into the world in this day and age? Murray's work are a satire on the lack of moral fibre in the ANC, the corruption and plunder and where their priorities lie. If Zuma had some moral fibre he would not attract this form of discourse!

      Deon - 2012-05-20 12:48

      Come on guys this not a race thing its about Zumas actions. I am a white male and I would not be happy if Mandela was painted this way as he has high morals and is a great man but Zuma on the other hand.......??

  • jomardl - 2012-05-17 23:13

    Ah, priorities.

      Peter - 2012-05-18 08:02

      The ANC has none

  • Tee - 2012-05-17 23:13

    And yet they still want us to suffer humiliation for another term!ABZ...all the way!!

  • Cornelius - 2012-05-17 23:21

    Even the worst Presidents like Idi Amin, Hitler, Gaddafi, Saddam, Botha etc were treated with dignity. This is abuse of democratic principles of the highest order. Despite Prez Zuma's weaknesses but to portray him with such vulgarity is uncalled for.

      jomardl - 2012-05-17 23:28

      Again, yawn.

      Stephen - 2012-05-18 00:06

      I like where you are going with those comparisons to other great leaders. If only someone had shown Hitler with his balls out maybe a few more people would have seen what chop he was and feel a little less motivated to go and gas a few million jewish people.

      Bongeka - 2012-05-18 00:20

      @Cornelius.Yes my brother that's what I'm talking about but the people fail to understand because they always play a race card and a man not the ball.Leave alone prez Zuma being a president what about his dignity as a human being then?Read what I wrote above and see how people are missing the point.Freedom of speach does not teach us to be ignorant and irresponsible,just remember that.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-18 04:31

      No one has the right to not be offended, No one can demand respect. No one can demand to be treated with dignity. Respect and dignity are earned. Zuma has proved to be immoral, have very dubious connections and to still have to answer for serious allegations of bribery and corruption. Why would I treat him with respect. He deserves none.

      Martin Myburgh - 2012-05-18 05:33

      Youve got your facts wrong, all of those "leader" have had "sexual" propaganda in form of posters or paintings made of them during their rule. Have a lool on google

      Peter - 2012-05-18 08:03

      @Cornelius - Comparing our president to "Dick"tators, yea that sounds about right

      Merven - 2012-05-18 08:07

      @Corneluis, they were NOT treated with dignity, they just got the oposition murdered and suppressed, so the outside world never heard of it.

      daniel.kagan.9 - 2012-05-18 12:29

      Please do a google search for a painting simply called Hitler. The artists name is Victor Brauner. It hangs in the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Please then revisit the above assertion.

      david.baker.sa - 2012-05-18 15:44

      It's interesting that some of the awful Presidents you claim were treated with dignity were put to death (not ness judiciously) often by their own people. Gadaffi, Saddam were put to death as was Mussolini. Hitler committed suicide to prevent others and Amin fled the country to prevent being put to death. Its art. It's not your idea of art. It's not mine either. But I defend the right of the artist to paint it and the rights of the gallery to display it Lets develop a thicker skin

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-17 23:26

    Art is a mirror of life. Artists use different instruments to tell us a story.Musians -guitar,words etc. Writer-words.Graphic designer-paint

      jomardl - 2012-05-17 23:28

      100%

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-17 23:45

    No, no, no! I do not like it neither did I want the impression that is now imprinted in my brain. Never ever will I be able to look at him without recalling this picture. I do understand freedom of expression, but this painting is a penis attached with a face. When looking to statues of David and other it is more about the late person than the genitals showing. There is a line and we always complain about children, parents and the social standard, but we do defend paintings like this where the line was clearly overstepped when putting the focus on the penis. I can be wrong and maybe in a 100 years this is seeing as a master piece of illustration, but that is how I now feel. I am not a Zuma fan, but he is still the president of my country and indirectly me and that is most probably also a reason that makes me uncomfortable. Call me a conservative, Afrikaans, nearly middle age man and except for conservative, it is all true, but to me this is not on. On a lighter note. Not a bad size.lol.

      Stephen - 2012-05-18 00:10

      horrifying!! a man with a penis omg! he has more wives than you can shake a stick at! you think they joined up for the gravy?

      Tc - 2012-05-18 06:57

      Hey Meneer, when we look at that picture carefully we should be quite proud of the president! He may just get more support now.

      Marion - 2012-05-18 08:16

      @DuToitCoetzee - the difference between this painting and the statue of David is that Michaelangelo truly was a great artist who was sculpting the human form in all its beauty. He would even steal corpses so that he could study the muscle structure. This is a bit of paint slapped, distastefully, onto a canvas in order to get sales.

      Ina - 2012-05-18 08:23

      Absolutely! I agree with you 100% Very vulgar, and debases every citizen of this country indirectly.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-18 08:35

      @ Marion & Ina. Spot on! @Tc. The ladies are going to kill me for this one. As a man and with a small twisted part in my brain I do have that Hoo haaaa, ja man!!!!!(not sure how to spell it)feeling, but before Marion and Ina kills me(lol) I will stand with my point that it is, of now, bad taste. Maybe in another 100 years it gets seen as something, but this is how I now feels.

      Merven - 2012-05-18 09:33

      'This is a bit of paint slapped, distastefully, onto a canvas in order to get sales.' Luckily it is a matter of opinion.

      Marion - 2012-05-18 09:52

      @Merven - Yes, it is a matter of opinion and if I had R136 000 (as someone said it sold for) I wouldn't waste it on this.

      Lesley - 2012-05-18 13:46

      There is a difference between respecting the presidency and respecting the president.

  • Dodozi - 2012-05-18 00:05

    I'm the member of the ANC opposed to the secrecy bill, but if displaying private parts of any person let alone the President of a country are hailed as an expression of freedom, I'm tempted to reconsider my stance. This Murray guy must be hauled before the Equality Court. We said ANC overreacted against the man who accidentally spilled a drink on the President and apologized. We certainly cannot sit back and watch our president being assaulted in this manner.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-18 04:32

      What has this to do with equality? Are you suggesting it is a race thing? No one has the right to not be offended, No one can demand respect. No one can demand to be treated with dignity. Respect and dignity are earned. Zuma has proved to be immoral, have very dubious connections and to still have to answer for serious allegations of bribery and corruption. Why would I treat him with respect. He deserves none.

      Arthur - 2012-05-18 09:55

      @Dodozi, I fully agree, strongly felt like not voting for the ANC but this is way beyond disrepectful. @ zaheist, respect????? I dont think that you yourself is such a great person that everyone you ever met is respecting you.

  • John - 2012-05-18 00:12

    Strange how a simple painting can evoke so many reactions.... It's the one thing no one can deny, regardless if you're for or against it, amused or disgusted. Wonder what the artist is making of all this attention? Wonder what any artist would make of all this attention? Lol ! ;) Pardon the interruption folks, you may continue...

      Merven - 2012-05-18 08:11

      The artist met his expectations, art is to get people to speak.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-18 00:16

    Wonderful! It's good to see an artist making such waves. I recently had the honour of attending an art exhibition in Stellenbosch and even though it was tiny, I have a new found love for art and galleries. Good to see he's exhibited internationally as well. A good message he's bringing too! This painting will be worth a million easily in 30 years after the anc has been voted out.

      John - 2012-05-18 00:31

      For clarity - what was 'tiny'? :)

      Jacques - 2012-05-18 01:58

      It was 8 works displayed with a few newsletters of the gallery and a newspaper clip about the artist stuck on the wall. Very classy, but the restaurant I wait tables for had a wine tasting and the emphasis was on that, basically. Low key is probably a better phrase.

      Marion - 2012-05-18 09:55

      @Jacques - To my knowledge most artwork goes up in value when the artist dies, because he / she can no longer produce work and has nothing to do with who is in or out of power.

      Merven - 2012-05-18 10:44

      Not always, Picasso and Salvador Dali sold painting for millions even when they were still alive. Even Michael Angelo, Mane, Mone and Da Vinci made a good living out of their paintings. It was only poor Vincent that sucked on the rear teat, selling only one painting in his lifetime. But I personally think his personality, alcohol abuse, selection of 'friends' and looks played a big part in his miss fortune. He should've had a good marketer, then he would not have lied in his bed with a bullet wound in his chest for hours before he died. Who is in power will play a roll in 30 years from now, it is like a picture of Elvis, Merlin Manroo etc. How many people know who the photographers were that took the famous pictures that sells for millions? But because they objects were famous or infamous collectors want it. If Zuma die in some political assasination or get worked out by Malema or something this painting will be worth millions.

      Sheik - 2012-05-18 19:59

      Pays to advertise. ANC are becoming quiet Cocky.

      Sheik - 2012-05-18 20:01

      Merven who would want to hang the prick on his wall.

  • Frans - 2012-05-18 00:27

    No body wants to hear the truth guess now they will see. I feel the artist depiction is exactly the image the anc is currently creating... If it bothers them so why don't they change it by leading by example meaning less corruption, nepotism and incompetence and more transparent, just and effective governance

      Xolani - 2012-05-18 03:45

      Never in the history, whether pre/post democratic sa have I seen such a transparent and effective government. True reflection of a democratic state. So for the anc to defend its image by going to \r\ncourt is another example of democracy. As much as brett murray felt as his artistic right to portray the anc in such a disturbing and distasteful manner. So frans, the courts (which ppl sacrificed so much for) will test the infringement of rights on this matter. Another example of a democratic state

  • Psy4genic.Mgcwaba - 2012-05-18 00:32

    I think Zuma should just decide to vacate the Presidency seat and not contest for a second term. The dignity that Mthembu is talking about, Zuma lost even before he became President, its even worse now with his KZN friends are in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, including murder and corruption and he is also protecting them. Our President lost respect a long time ago, he must just step down for the sake of the country's image and maybe the ANC too.

      Xolani - 2012-05-18 03:28

      Sadly enough for your wishes dear, anc is a ppl's party. So candidates are nominated, democratic process follows of voting. No self-appointments. This is not like most political parties. Autocracy does not prevail. Sooner or later you'll get the drift.

      Koos - 2012-05-18 05:59

      If you call 4000 thugs voting for this idiot at Zimpopo democratic you are an idiot just as zoomer.

  • gavin.dandridge - 2012-05-18 00:38

    So, the painting may be in poor taste but the way the ANC constantly reacts to anything said, done or now made that does not show our leaders in a favourable light I think smacks of a dictatorship. I dislike Juju but I think he made a fair comment when he called Zuma a dictator.

  • Norman - 2012-05-18 00:38

    Ag man, Zuma is \cooler\ as ons almal...een van die dae is daai foto van sy p$@l op jou meisie se spacecase!

      Press - 2012-05-18 01:34

      Yip - its all those showers he takes that makes him so cool . . . .

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-18 00:43

    Jacob zuma's nude paintings sold at a alarming price of R136.000 it means the guy has indeed got a golden penis. for arts buyers to spend that kind of many to a just mere nudist picture of our pot bellied president with a shower head.

      John - 2012-05-18 06:37

      I bet what sold the painting was the caption on the plaque under the portrait, "Bring me my machine gun"

      Press - 2012-05-18 12:37

      Nooo - it was the name underneath that sold it - "Picture of a man looking for a shower"

  • gavin.dandridge - 2012-05-18 01:19

    @2bg If we live a free society as we do ( although I wonder sometimes ) and you are a public figure, criticism etc comes with the job. If Zuma is unhappy about anything done or said he has every right to go to court in his private capacity I don't see why government should use tax payers money going to court to defend our leaders image.

      Xolani - 2012-05-18 03:11

      This utter defamation is directed to the anc, not govt, get ur facts rite

      Peter - 2012-05-18 08:14

      @Xolani - you realize the ANC is the ruling party of the government, you live in South africa right?

      Merven - 2012-05-18 08:15

      Anyway, if the ANC are so offended, why didn't they bought the painting for R150 000 and just destroyed it? End of the problem!

      celia.coates - 2012-05-18 17:11

      Mervin, the artwork was sold even before the newspapers got a sniff :)

  • grant.chancellormaddison - 2012-05-18 01:20

    Ha ha ha ha ha. The best one was the ANC get out jail free card . Come on you criminals over at the ANC take a joke :)

      Peter - 2012-05-18 08:15

      For them to get the joke they would have had to make money out of it

      Merven - 2012-05-18 10:57

      They can always put the painting out on Tender....

  • Gideon - 2012-05-18 01:54

    Dames em Here die nuss vir die aand...

  • Lulama Mbelwa - 2012-05-18 01:57

    OMG i don't know whether to laugh or what over this. JHB gallery yah neh

  • Sivuyile - 2012-05-18 02:27

    What haappened to freedom of expression? Isnt it the same ANC that came up with that in the Constitution AKA the new government. Consistency bethuna. When Murray sees President Jacob Zuma with his genitals hanging, so b it.

      thapelo.makgale - 2012-05-19 11:08

      Freedom of expression is guaranteed, so is a Right 2 privacy. I would suggest that the constitution be amended to make it punishable to degrade a sitting president.

  • Gus - 2012-05-18 02:46

    Hail To The Thief (Chief)...nice title. Maybe they are furious because his "manhood" is shown rather small!

      Felix - 2012-05-18 07:52

      Radiohead thought so too.

      Leon - 2012-05-18 08:03

      The work is called "the spear" looks more like a knobkierrie to me.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-18 03:26

    I hate ANC for being apologetic to this bunch, ANC is the ruling party and must not let these clowns disrespect its President who also happens to be the President of SA. Only in SA will you see people justifying such madness, in the US or Zim things like this would never happen. How would you like a portrait depicting Zille sorrounded by an all white male cabinet with their spears out, waiting for their turn of service delivery from Madame. To think of it this will make a nice portrait, artists get it on!

      Deon - 2012-05-18 04:44

      @ Lerato, ure right only in SA u would be allowed to disrespect the president, in other countries probably get killed.

      Koos - 2012-05-18 06:02

      I like the way you put it. Ruling party first then SA. Reminds me of : Not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you!

      theovnk - 2012-05-18 08:14

      In this life, one has to EARN respect, it does not come for free. We earn respect by being an honorable person.

      Marion - 2012-05-18 09:59

      @Lerato - Whilst I find this painting totally distasteful I don't think that a painting of Helen surrounded by her cabinet will depict anything other than the delusional mind of, for one, JM.

      Emille - 2012-05-18 14:18

      Kinda shoot yourself in the foot by using Zim as an example. We all know why you will not see this in Zim with Bob around.

  • ziphok1 - 2012-05-18 04:45

    As much as you disagree with someone's political or cultural believes. As a human there is a line not to be cross. You can hate him as the president, for your own reason. But thats someone's father, husband and grandpa. This is really cold and funny so only dumb people.

      Bongeka - 2012-05-18 05:27

      @zipho1 and Andrew.Guys that's a same verse I've been trying to preach above but some people just refuse point blank to reason.Zuma is not an object but a human being just like you and I.And his privacy needs to be respected just like everyone else.Like him or hate him but this is not about his presidensy and how he runs the country but it's about himself as a person not a president.Nude picture of someone to be shown to the world is uncalled for.Even if it was aunty Zille the late Eugene Terreblanch(God bless his soul) I would've said the same thing.This is not about liking or hating someone but being a human being yourself God gave you that brain to reason,so use it and leave politcs aside.Thank you.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-18 08:41

      Agree!!!!

  • Andrew - 2012-05-18 04:51

    I think it is jus wrong,u can't have an image of some one's penis hanging out like that,or is it because he's a black man? Even if it wasn't Zuma that wud stl b wrong.We mus learn 2 respect each adas dignity.We jus had racial controversy of models on social netwek

      Lena - 2012-05-18 09:16

      For centuries women have been portrayed naked in paintings and sculpture - so why is it such a big deal that a man is now seen naked? It's got nothing to do with respect or dignity.

      Marion - 2012-05-18 10:05

      @Lena - those women have been portrayed in a tasteful manner (except on pornography sites where vaginas and penises are the order of the day. They were probably willing models being paid to pose naked if their faces were depicted. In case you never noticed, he is not depicted as naked in a tasteful pose.

      Lena - 2012-05-18 11:47

      @ Marion. I completely appreciate your point regarding willing/unwilling models (though the line here is tenuous because Zuma is a public figure). Tastefulness is firstly completely subjective, and I think people commenting here on the nakedness of the man wouldn't appreciate the work either if he was posed on a lovely bed surrounded by tasteful foliage like the female nude so typically is - 'taste' is not the issue.

  • mosale.magwele - 2012-05-18 05:17

    While @ it file papers against Cosatu!

  • The-Azanian - 2012-05-18 05:21

    some cartoonists just dont have it. Unlike zapiro's amusing artistic satires of zuma, this is an insult to our only uneducated president from some bunch of angry whites still living in the past hoping to make a quantum leap to the future. The pic can only only be described by one word 'disturbing'

      Peter - 2012-05-18 08:17

      Your "described by one word 'disturbing'" also describes the ANC

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-05-18 05:22

    Give this man a life time supply of Bells!!! The truth has to be told in all forms of expression!

  • rivalani.mabasa - 2012-05-18 05:24

    An absolute malpractise!!!

      Peter - 2012-05-18 08:21

      The artist is also some kind of professional? A doctor?

  • The-Azanian - 2012-05-18 05:29

    this country support freedom of expression...BUT...bundled with of the respect of human dignity. You guys couldnt do that to your mugabe-like oppressive botha hey.

      Peter - 2012-05-18 08:20

      Lol bring up apartheid and bring out the race card nice one, have a Nody badge

  • dewaldmontgomery - 2012-05-18 05:37

    Bwahaha, this is the same ANC that always so 'Don't run to the courts. Come talk to us first'. Perhaps a bit distasteful, I wouldn't buy this painting (not because of the 'big problem', but because it's associated with a cronie), but the truth hurts, doesn't it...

  • mosale.magwele - 2012-05-18 05:40

    How I wish Malema cud comment on this one! He is the only wu will bring the sense of humour to this lol!

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2012-05-18 06:09

    Hahaha,Is that his real machine?

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-18 06:16

    I personally feel that the artist was commissioned to paint this painting by a certain party,,not naming anyone. To divide all the party's just before election time. I don't know if anyone has commented on this before me. I stopped reading the comments after page 3 due to all the racial insults being thrown out there. By the way not cool.

  • Koos - 2012-05-18 06:17

    Great, finally our president will realize what people actually think of him. Rape charges, corruption charges, 5 wife’s all on government funding for the rest of their lives. This might be acceptable to the morally bankrupt individuals who support him, but to millions in this country his a despicable character that should be removed from office ASAP. No wonder artists paint pictures like these. We all think it, he just painted it.

  • Breinlekkasie - 2012-05-18 06:22

    Zuma lost his dignity long ago. That is why Zapiro still sketches him with a shower on his head. The ANC can fix these things - stop doing stupid!

      Marion - 2012-05-18 10:08

      @Breinlekkasie - a shower on the head is clever. Please do not compare Zapiro's 'humour' to that of this artist.

  • Erna - 2012-05-18 06:23

    The ANC has made this much bigger than it would have been if they had just kept quiet! What do they say? Even negative publicity is good. The artist has suddenly become very famous - and this before he died!

  • pkheswa - 2012-05-18 06:31

    This shows how some people dont respect a democratically elected president of their country. Whether u like him or not it doesn't give u the right to humiliate our country's president in this way. Im appalled a certain group find it funny cos if its not them its always ok or justifyable.