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.

Sold

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.

- SAPA

Read more on:    anc  |  brett murray  |  jackson mthembu  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg  |  zuma painting  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
454 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Only voters can say ANC has problem - Ramaphosa

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has down-played problems that have engulfed the party and says only voters can say there is a problem.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Sir Lowry's Pass - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Old Sir Lowrys Pass Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Bezweni Road
  • Thursday Cape Town - 05:35 AM
    Road name: Buitengracht Street
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Waterkant Street
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia E7

Your mobile office Real-time emails with Mail for Exchange. Easy access to...

From R3499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be good at organising events but they do take their toll on your energy levels. You may need some time out today just to...read more

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.