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City Press editor questions ANC's motives

2012-05-24 23:04

Cape Town - City Press editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee on Thursday questioned the African National Congress' motives to call for a boycott of her newspaper.

In a statement, the ANC  called upon "all South Africans, members of the ANC and the alliance, to indefinitely boycott buying the City Press newspaper" until it removed images of a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma, with his penis exposed, from its website.

This follows the party and the presidency hauling the newspaper and the Goodman Gallery, which was exhibiting The Spear, to court to try stop the two parties from displaying the depiction of Zuma.

Now, Haffajee, in a televised interview, in response to the party's statement, said considering that the image is now everywhere - on the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia - it makes her think the call to boycott the newspaper is about more than just the painting.

She did not elaborate, but the newspaper has a reputation for shedding light on wrongdoing by members of the ANC and its youth wing, and has received tongue-lashings from the organisation before.

Along with the call to boycott the newspaper on Thursday, the ANC launched a scathing attack on City Press, saying it has singled itself out "as anti ANC, the president, our democracy and the majority of South Africans".

The party said that by continuing to exhibit the offensive painting, the newspaper has clearly shown its collusion to the indecent depiction of President Zuma which violates his right to human dignity.

'Paragon of immorality'

"The City Press has therefore become a paragon of immorality, abuse and perpetrator of injustice and slander. 

"Their refusal to remove this portrait from their website and their controlled social media is a clear indication that this newspaper does not belong to our shared democratic dispensation and values.

"It is our view that City Press has placed profiteering and populism before the principles enshrined in our constitution," the party said in a statement.

Haffajee, however, defended the newspaper's track record, saying that she will have the newspaper's coverage of politics analysed, and is convinced it would show that it is fair and balanced.

Earlier on Thursday, during the High Court hearing, a judge questioned why the ANC was still trying to have the painting banned, in light of it being defaced and it's consequent removal by the Goodman Gallery.

Judge Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane asked the party's counsel, since the painting had been defaced, “is the relief you seek not academic?”.

She was not convinced that a ban would work.

"This image is already out there on the internet," she said, and asked if a permanent interdict was granted that forbade the display of the painting or copies of it, "how will this court monitor compliance?".

The hearing was postponed indefinitely earlier on Thursday afternoon.

Comments
  • swmabotja - 2012-05-24 23:13

    I'm budgeting R50, just to buy as many City Press copies as I can on Sunday. #SoldOutCityPress

      Philip Buys - 2012-05-25 00:40

      Hahaha! City press, i dare you put that picture somewhere on the front page again.

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-25 01:43

      @Philip, hahaha! I dare you to come and make uneducated comments here again!

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-05-25 02:24

      Ooh its nicola$$ again.....

      Kolobe - 2012-05-25 05:12

      budget such for the lifetime of citypress

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-25 06:16

      Good idea. Anti ANC decadence does not mean anti SA. Be strong, Ferial.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-25 06:50

      Thank you ANC for the great advertising you did for City Press. All truth loving South Africans now know where we can go to get unbiased reporting. Once again you have shot yourself in the foot.

      Eduard - 2012-05-25 06:57

      yes, i will buy City Press from now on. The fact is, why the hell these ANC guys carry on like this over a painting (I think they are all a bunch brown noses....suck bone, "gat kruip")....that is why they carry on like that. Typical character of idiots.....Instead, why not focus all the energy on crime, corruption, education, health care????????????????

      Burtfred - 2012-05-25 07:13

      Most ANC supporters don't buy City Press anyway - they are too thick to read.

      thandazab - 2012-05-25 07:27

      @Mabotja plz give me a copy from your stack! I never could afford to buy the paper anyway since m UNEMPLOYED! Need it to job search! Help a sista out!

      thandazab - 2012-05-25 07:27

      @Mabotja plz give me a copy from your stack! I never could afford to buy the paper anyway since m UNEMPLOYED! Need it to job search! Help a sista out!

      thandazab - 2012-05-25 07:28

      @Mabotja plz give me a copy from your stack! I never could afford to buy the paper anyway since m UNEMPLOYED! Need it to job search! Help a sista out!

      Ntshobs - 2012-05-25 07:41

      You are the dumbest

      Marion - 2012-05-25 08:03

      @Burtfred - that is just plain nasty.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-25 08:37

      dont starve

      swmabotja - 2012-05-25 09:34

      @Thandaza... I'll definitely put aside one for you my sister.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-25 09:37

      Keep doing what you’re doing, you got my vote. That’s how you fight back. You are a shining example of "Information to the people". Keep up the good work. To the useless baggers slinging mud from the Ruling party at anybody who brings to light your dealings... Being anti anc is not the same as being anti South African. In the last couple of years the anc has distanced itself from the people, and more importantly, our democratic identity, all you do is raise the taxes, and then blame the back-lash on the past. You create division, and so doing create a valid reason for civil disobedience. F*%$en "GREEDY" M@ngr!¦s. HAVE A NICE DAY. Ps. Please can I have some of what you guys are smoking, it looks like a lekker trip hey?

      Loo - 2012-05-25 09:38

      ANC .. listen up. IT is called industrial sabotage. You think your "cry me a river lawyer" will be able to defend you should City Press take you to court ??

      khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-25 10:25

      mabotja that is total ignorance because ferial haffajee should have removed the spear from the online version of city press until further notice however she was arrogant. jimmy manyi must cut the advertisement budget with city press. to SANEF is a bunch of losses where is the intergrity, moral values and ethics in the way ferial handled the situation.

      Timothy - 2012-05-25 10:32

      @ khuliso Do you really think that government advertising in the City Press is their sole source of income. By asking us to boycott them, they have actually just made the City Press so much richer! Viva Freedom for all South Africans! Sell out sunday here we come!

      Freddie - 2012-05-25 11:05

      I have never read City Press before, but I just downloaded the iPad application and will definitely buy the paper online from now on. You go Ferial. Your readers support you, and there are more now than yesterday.

      atholl.hay - 2012-05-25 11:13

      I have never bought City Press before, but will definitely do so from now on! Viva City Press! Viva Ferial Haffajee!

      Pierre - 2012-05-25 13:28

      Many question the motives of City Press.

      smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-05-25 14:14

      Those newspapers are bias and controlled by few rich individuals and their mission is exposed every day.

      Denise - 2012-05-25 19:10

      Ignore the ANC's call to boycott City Press - the call for a boycott of a newspaper is tantamount to intimidation and abuse of power! City Press is within its rights to continue displaying the painting on its website. People should defend their right to know and buy the City Press. The ANC has applied to the High Court in Jhb to force City Press to remove the painting of King Dingeling from its website. If only the ANC and the SACP would put as much effort into governing the country correctly as they put into thinking up clap trap like boycotting 'freedom of expression' then maybe things would go better, but don’t hold your breath...

  • Jacques - 2012-05-24 23:16

    This hypersensitivity from the ruling party is reminisent of the Mbeki regime, and we all know what happened to him... Laughable that we waste the court's, the leaders of this country's and the honourable editor Haffajee's time with this non-issue. All in the name of cencorship!

      Atholl - 2012-05-25 03:41

      There will always be a conflict when a System that designs itself and depends on an out-of-date philosophy of 100 to 200 years. is exposed by technology of the day (internet today - ?? tomorrow) ---- history teaches that --- technology of the day always wins --- The 100 year out-of-date philosophers will not change their own method until it's too late. The longer this issue drags on - the more the intended message (Lenin Zuma) (Socialist Elitist Protectionist Bolshevic Propoganda) that the painting meant to convey, is propelled to the forefront. A picture says a thousand words - but actions speak louder than words.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-26 02:45

      Kuliso, done and dusted. Don't clutch at straws. How stupid do you think the DA are? They will not allow even a shred of corruption. What will they gain from it? They chose the best 'man' for the job. We can play your dingaling. my dingaling, until the Chinese take over.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-24 23:17

    City Press have had many run-ins with the ANC and government. This is how the ANC takes care of its problems. No need to question their motives, they are blatantly obvious.

      Ari - 2012-05-25 08:10

      @ Kolobe Use English - not a bunch of meaningless words, you idiot.

      khuliso.ratshinanga - 2012-05-25 11:03

      City press must also report who are the beneficiaries of the corrupt awarded advertising tender in western cape if it is not selective IN REPORTING and informing the citizens of south africa

      Freddie - 2012-05-25 12:06

      Kolobe, what are you trying to say? I doubt even you understand what you wrote? Rather stick to forums that match your intelligence, like the telletubbies blog.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-24 23:21

    What the ANC and it's alliance partners can't stand is that the City Press has become more popular than them.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-05-24 23:22

    God bless you Ferial you did well. Your paper will not suffer because most people love the truth. I am buying one on Sunday!

  • Slick - 2012-05-24 23:25

    VIVA CITY PRESS VIVA!! PANZI ANC, SACP, NUM, COSATU,.... PANZI ANC, SACP, NUM,COSATU PANZI!! VIVA CITY PRESS VIVA!

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-25 01:45

      @thando, your the stupid link, you leave with no brians! good bye!

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-05-25 02:21

      Nicholaas......its brains......get it... B R A I N S......

      nibiru.sekkiejorge - 2012-05-25 07:05

      @Thando It's It's. Do you get it?

      Slick - 2012-05-25 08:38

      Hahaha...awe thando the dumbo... I AM POLITICALLY "ERECT LIKE A SPEAR" AND CORRECT DEAL WITH IT! VIVA CITY PRESS VIVAAAAAA!! PANZI ANC.SACP,NUM,COSATU ...PANZIIIIIII....PUMA ANC, SACP, NUM,COSATU..PUMA!!! VIVA CITY PRESS VIVAAAA!!! (PUMA = HUMBA, GET OUT-GO, VOETSAK, F*&^%$F)

      Kala - 2012-05-25 10:27

      Thanks Alicia. We all saw your post the first time.

  • sampson.ashraf - 2012-05-24 23:34

    JZ\r\n\r\nOh what an inspiration\r\nThis man that's the spear of our nation\r\nHis lust for power and for money\r\nin this land of milk and honey\r\nhad his \friends” doing time\r\nbut no not him, he's just fine.\r\n\r\nLady Justice he screws\r\njust to make the news\r\nnot fearing no laws\r\nas he has her on all fours\r\nin the public eye to top it all, \r\nLook at JZ, he is having a ball.\r\n\r\nAbout HIV \r\nof the opinion is he\r\nthat a shower or bath\r\nis a step on the right path\r\nAlways ready with an answer strong\r\ndespite it being so hopelessly wrong\r\n\r\nA party great he has torn apart\r\nHis target set, there's no regard,\r\nas to whoever gets in his way\r\njustice, scorpions, presidents, at his feet lay\r\nA Mugabe in the making of ambition blind\r\nextreme tunnel visioned, he is the kind\r\n\r\nOh what an inspiration\r\nthis man that we chose rule the nation\r\nIn his quest for power and money\r\nhe rapes this land of milk and honey\r\nand to think that still after all this time\r\nPeople look but still don’t see the signs

      john.dorian.1042 - 2012-05-25 00:17

      Whats with all of the \\\\\? It makes your paragraph almost impossible to read, or just too much effort.

      Amanda - 2012-05-25 07:03

      This is good stuff! You should find someone who could rap this! You'll make millions!

      Burtfred - 2012-05-25 07:15

      Hey Sampson - did you get busty Delilah to type this for you?

      Marion - 2012-05-25 08:12

      Perhaps the message is sent from BB or something and it chucks those symbols in. Have seen it on many postings before and it makes the comment extremely difficult to read.

      itcrackpot - 2012-05-25 09:39

      JZ Oh what an inspiration This man that's the spear of our nation His lust for power and for money in this land of milk and honey had his \friends” doing time but no not him, he's just fine. Lady Justice he screws just to make the news not fearing no laws as he has her on all fours in the public eye to top it all, Look at JZ, he is having a ball. About HIV of the opinion is he that a shower or bath is a step on the right path Always ready with an answer strong despite it being so hopelessly wrong A party great he has torn apart His target set, there's no regard, as to whoever gets in his way justice, scorpions, presidents, at his feet lay A Mugabe in the making of ambition blind extreme tunnel visioned, he is the kind Oh what an inspiration this man that we chose rule the nation In his quest for power and money he rapes this land of milk and honey and to think that still after all this time People look but still don’t see the signs

  • Sheik - 2012-05-24 23:42

    There is no better marketing tool for antone to become famous than the ANC self. A painting that had no real value other the the material used is of such value now that the ANC have made it an issue. What a lot of dumb fools. Had no one questioned the merit of the work then it would at the end of the day been worhthless. To other artist, the quickest way to make a quick buck is to paint something that will rattle the ANC. There are hundreds of fools in the ANC for the picking.

      Kagiso Tlhakung - 2012-05-24 23:52

      hi airhead, check out the rest of Murrays collection en tell me did u hear the ANC complain abt those NO!!! They are only fighting for the removal of this one which is basically porn, disrespectful and jst rubbish.

      Marion - 2012-05-25 08:19

      @Kagiso - I agree with you to some extent. However, this is not porn, neither is it racist, it is just plain vulgar. I hope that the court will decide that the right to human dignity is above the right to freedom of expression, because what happens the next time someone is depicted in such a demeaning fashion? Another court case? Court cases for eternity? Simply banning this painting is not the answer and the judges comment that it would be impossible to enforce is not valid as someone pointed out yesterday. Shoot the boer was banned despite the ban being unenforceable.

      Christopher - 2012-05-25 08:46

      @KAGISO So the Sculpture from Michaelangelo of David is porn then??!!

      Bullard - 2012-05-25 10:30

      Kagiso....define porn???

      Timothy - 2012-05-25 10:39

      Porn? LMAO..what porn sites are you looking at ;p

      Helen - 2012-05-25 17:56

      Fodder for cartoonists

  • siliziwem - 2012-05-24 23:49

    im not boycotting the paper for only 1 dick...

  • gee.raaf - 2012-05-24 23:50

    Only in zumbabwe...!

  • Marc De Jager - 2012-05-24 23:51

    "It is our view that City Press has placed profiteering and populism before the principles enshrined in our constitution". Seriously, this was said by the ANC? Maybe they should look on their own doorstep before making a statement like that. Now if only they could put so much effort into sorting out our countries unemployment, we might be able to feed all our people...

  • john.dorian.1042 - 2012-05-25 00:14

    If a person can only protect dignity in their personal capacity only, then the president should have to bare the costs of the legal chalange personally. he should not be intitled to state funds.

      Ashraf - 2012-05-25 00:31

      Unfortunately replying on the mobile site and it messed with my line breaks turning it into the garble you see, on fb however you might find my post a delightful read

      john.dorian.1042 - 2012-05-25 01:50

      Ah ha, I was sure that there was a good explanation as i did not imagine that it was intentional, thanks for the reply Ashraf. Regards.

  • busisiwe.duna - 2012-05-25 00:59

    m afraid south Africa is slowly becoming like Zim...lol

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-25 10:07

      It is no laughing matter

  • Nicolaas - 2012-05-25 01:42

    hmm, "The City Press has therefore become a paragon of immorality, abuse and perpetrator of injustice and slander." Hey your idiot, maybe it should have read " The aCANCER has therefore become a paragon of immorality, abuse and perpetrator of injustice and slander" Whilst you at it, also add, corrupt, thieving, violent, idiotic, All National Criminal Party!

  • Yekani Kiya KaManinjwa - 2012-05-25 02:00

    honestly speaking, for someone like me staying in the remote parts of this country i would not have seen this picture without the Aid of the City press website. my views reserved about the Pic. Pls dont censor

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-26 03:01

      Exactly, Yekani. That is what democracy stands for. What do you think it would cost our Government to put a big-screen televison and satellite dish in the remote parts of SA? - Who needs a school after 12 when you have access to information, and you are able to tutor yourself? They are exactly like the Apartheid Government, who denied us television until 1976. Even then, it took another 14 years to before we knew what was going on in our own Country.

  • Dlamini - 2012-05-25 02:15

    I hope City Press may take as a warning on what happen @ the Goodman who turned to be bad-man. Be careful you cannot control the anger that is out there, you might wake-up one-day and think your friends NATO have turn against you, finding City Press being really pressed on dust, Haffejee if you no-longer accept to respect us as African you better go back to your grandfather's land of origin. Am an African you people take advantage of these stupid-rights that you came with them and imposed them on-us, as your medium of protection, since they protect you than US WHO ARE OF AN ORIGIN ON THIS CONTINENT- THE RICH AFRICA

      Bruce - 2012-05-25 05:27

      Since man originally all came out of Africa, where should we go?

      Nkululeko - 2012-05-25 06:43

      @ Bruce, see for yourself, but if you a white, don't call yourself an African, then you are NOT originally from Africa. You are just a prodigal son.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-25 06:50

      Cl

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-05-25 06:52

      Click click click click click.... My grandfathers origin is South Africa, it's funny you presume Africa belongs to a skin color....

      aston.g.pieters - 2012-05-25 07:33

      Africa is the cradle of HUMANKIND not \blackkind\ get your facts straight.

      Marion - 2012-05-25 08:24

      @Nkululeko - I am African. I am African. I am a white (caucasian) African, you are a black African. I am African and I will call myself African until the day I die. By your reasoning, blacks born in any other country in the world may not call themselves American, French, British etc., even though their birth certificates state that fact. I am African and I am proud of it.

      Slick - 2012-05-25 08:42

      I AM POLITICALLY "ERECT LIKE A SPEAR" AND CORRECT DEAL WITH IT! VIVA CITY PRESS VIVAAAAAA!! PANZI ANC.SACP,NUM,COSATU ...PANZIIIIIII....PUMA ANC, SACP, NUM,COSATU..PUMA!!! VIVA CITY PRESS VIVAAAA!!! (PUMA = HUMBA, GET OUT-GO, VOETSAK, F*&^%$F)

      DraganTrenk - 2012-05-25 09:51

      IL CRETINO!STUPIDO!

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-25 10:14

      R u DUMB this is NOT rich africa, anc has stolen all of the money which is our taxes and used it to enrich themselves and not care about it`s people

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-26 03:06

      Cool, Dlamini. I would gladly swop with an African-American living in the ghettos. Would he want to swop with me? I don't think so. Only 4 mill or so left in the Country. How long are you going to swallow the drivel your 'papa' is feeding you?

  • Catherine - 2012-05-25 03:27

    I have never read the City Press, but will do so from now on. It sounds like they live up to the values of a healthy media. Brett Muller probably wanted to induce healthy debate and expose underlying emotions...and how well has he done it! Both black and white racists are showing their colours. I am really sorry that the racist whites who comment on this page don't go to Australia. It's bad for your system to harbour such negative feelings. As for the black racists, they still have an ax to grind, so it's less offensive to hear their comments, although I do wish our education system taught the merits of metaphor and satire. Literacy may lead to job creation (and that's my life's work), but art and literature liberate the mind.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-25 03:48

    City Press is to be commended for exposing the ANC for what they are- a bunch of lying thieving corrupt hypocrites!! The only reason why the ANC want the boycott is to keep their mushrooms in the dark..feed them sh*t!!

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-25 05:10

    The ANC wants to control every media house in this country.The party thinks that running a country is like running a shebeen where a shebeen queen controls everyone.The party can continue looting public funds but they cannot insult our intelligence.Why they do not call onall south africans to boycott social networks like facebook,twitter.This is where most people saw this painting.City press has exposed their wrongdoings in the past now they r fighting back. The ANC has no leadership.shame on you

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-05-25 05:22

    Dear Ferial Haffajee, and you only find out now that the ANC will turn on you like a lion eats it's weak ???

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-25 05:30

    Dont tell me what i should or should not read you idiot!

  • zakes.motsoari - 2012-05-25 05:43

    The ANC cannot be allowed to control what we must see,read and write about.They have taken control of the Sabc and the public broadcaster is only singing good about them.I think the print media must rally behind the city press and exposed the emerging Stalinist tendencies of the ANC.We must all defend the press freedom by buying City press more than ever before.I for one,my attitude will never change against the newspaper after all ANC didnt recommend it to me.

      Tumedi - 2012-05-25 08:37

      City press is promoting ponograpghy,immorality and racism. It is telling all South Africans that your polygamous father and grand fathers were/are walking with thier penis outside their trousers. The painting has nothing to do with Zuma or ANC. CITY PRESS MUST BE BOYCOTTED.

      Timothy - 2012-05-25 10:44

      @Tumedi Thanks for your input. Be a good man now and boycott it. Here is the irony friend... the best joke of the lot,... The idea of covering ones body, and the idea that nakedness is wrong is the MOST WHITE AND EUROPEAN IDEA and CONCEPT EVER.... you guys are following European ideas of social correctness to the T.

      Dexter - 2012-05-25 14:22

      100% @Zakes.motsoari

      charles.ash - 2012-05-25 19:04

      @tumedi...you're an ignorant fool. What the ANC is doing is indefensible (even their advocate couldn't defend it in court). The ANC is settling scores with the City Press. Zuma is a KUK president...get over it. Zuma is leading to the downfall of the ANC, is this the best leader within the ranks of the ANC? Give us somebody with at least SOME redeeming qualities.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-26 03:17

      Tumedi, you are a classic case in point, and you have no clue how much you reinforce the idea of an ANC cadre. Your President is promoting immorality. Mores and values, as you state them, is a Western concept. AGAIN - Zuma's penis is a symbol of the rape happening to this country by certain fat cats in gov- NOT ALL. The rest have no opinion, or are too happy to be on the gravy train. Tell me how a Mayor deserves over a Million Rand in salary, when the average bank clerk earns R5000?

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-05-25 05:45

    Lady,this is Black Africa where only they can destroy what others have built up and get away with it by demonstrating against the truth. Why don,t they the ANC fight this hard against corruption etc? It is because they are lining their own pockets and enriching themselves.

  • Andile - 2012-05-25 06:02

    The first thing I did on monday (21/05/2012) before going to work I cancelled my subscription of City Press, mind you I'd been a subscriber for the past 4 years, I know it doesn't make that much of a difference but it made me feel good. And for Haffajee to link this image story and all the other stories they did exposing corruption is a cheap plot to make us ignore the bigger picture. Never will I buy City Press again. Theirs is indeed personal, its more than just informing the Nation. Haffajee some of us are not as dumb you know, we can differentiate between helping the Nation know about corruption that is taking place and we have always welcomed that but this 'artistic' story is really bodering me.

      Donald - 2012-05-25 07:07

      why cos u want zoomer "bodering" you. sheep

      DraganTrenk - 2012-05-25 09:54

      It is a gift to be DUMB and wait for the conniving politicians to tell you what to think.

      Timothy - 2012-05-25 10:46

      Reading News24 instead?

      charles.ash - 2012-05-25 19:06

      Andile...you are a moron. Ferial Haffajee is a journalist with impeccable credentials and a flawless track record of integrity and quality...the same cannot be said of Zuma. The ANC is losing face on a global scale all because of some ignoranus leader (Zuma). Is the fallout worth it? Zuma must go!!

  • Mboneni - 2012-05-25 06:09

    IT IS FOOLISH TO MAKE ARGUMENT ABOUT A PAINTING WHICH IS NOT EVEN THE PHOTO OF JACOB ZUMA.THE ANC FAILED TO CONVINCE THE JUDGES ABOUT THE BAN NOW THEY VENT THEIR ANGER ON THE PEOPLES PAPER.GO ON CITY PRESS JUST PRINT THE PAINTING ON THE FRONT PAGE,THE ANC CANNOT IMPOSE A BAN WHICH WAS NOT IMPOSED BY THE COURT OF LAW.THE ANC IS FRUSTRATED

      Tumedi - 2012-05-25 07:36

      The painting is not all about JZ alone but is telling us that our polygomous fathers and grand fathers were/are walking with their penis outside. That immorality, disrespect and racism of the highest order

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 07:56

      Next time they will most properbly boycott day light. Just because the ANC said so and every one has got to work night shift. Wander if the judge will fall for that one. Halloooooo

      Marion - 2012-05-25 08:28

      @Tumedi - This is not a racist painting. It is a vulgar painting.

      Slick - 2012-05-25 08:44

      Hahaha...awe thando the dumbo... I AM POLITICALLY "ERECT LIKE A SPEAR" AND CORRECT DEAL WITH IT! VIVA CITY PRESS VIVAAAAAA!! PANZI ANC.SACP,NUM,COSATU ...PANZIIIIIII....PUMA ANC, SACP, NUM,COSATU..PUMA!!! VIVA CITY PRESS VIVAAAA!!! (PUMA = HUMBA, GET OUT-GO, VOETSAK, F*&^%$F)

  • Sagren - 2012-05-25 06:20

    The ANC should concentrate on it's job, rather than wasting our time and the court's, on a non-issue. Defacing or banning the painting is not going to improve Zuma's pulic image. He destroyed his reputation all by himself.

      bhulangwe - 2012-05-25 06:28

      and what is exactly the job of the ANC if I may ask?

      Nkululeko - 2012-05-25 07:00

      @ Sagren, you comment for the sake of comment, but you don't know what you say, better chow some hot curry and wash you a$$ bro.

      Travis - 2012-05-25 08:09

      Waste of time and tax payers money...just like the ANC itself

  • Bzeng - 2012-05-25 06:20

    ANC must dictate its members and followers to boycott the whole media

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-05-25 07:10

      Dick-Tate? Who wants a dick-tator as a leader?? Can't you think for yourself? Why must you always be told what to do and think? Make your own conclusions and stick to what is real and truthful.. Don't just follow because it's what everybody else does..

      Travis - 2012-05-25 08:02

      I feel sorry for people like you

  • Grant Howard - 2012-05-25 06:22

    Great governance. Boycott a business that employs hundreds of people just because of one egotistical man and his penis. Great job creation ANC. Glad to see the presidents penis is more important then the people of this country.

      Samantha - 2012-05-25 08:42

      Grant really, i agree with you, at least he painted him big, should use it for his next wedding invite. remind all his wives why the married him first time round- he should pay the painter, or maybe this was just n plan to start a cheap uproar as it did.

  • bhulangwe - 2012-05-25 06:25

    City Press is more popular in our black communities and I stopped buying it few months ago. Haffajee can enjoy that white ppl will buy it for the next few weeks because of this story and to make her happy, but sales will slowly go down if we (blacks) stay away from it for good. I and few of my friends have stopped buying it already and that makes us happy!!!

      Desmond - 2012-05-25 09:00

      you have got no option but to buy it to see what juicy news about the ANCancer they are going to publish next.Ha Ha

  • Gavin - 2012-05-25 06:31

    yet another mature response from the drooling...sorry I meant ruling party. will pick up a few copies of the CP on Sunday just on principal !

  • gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-25 06:38

    Animal farm applies to SA more and more lately

  • Johan - 2012-05-25 06:48

    Ths ANC said : "The City Press has therefore become a paragon of immorality, abuse and perpetrator of injustice and slander." Now what is that story again of the pot calling the kettle something?

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-25 06:49

    Thank you ANC for the great advertising you did for City Press. All truth loving South Africans now know where we can go to get unbiased reporting. Once again you have shot yourself in the foot.

      Dave - 2012-05-25 16:16

      Exactly. Check my FB site......

  • jmareletse - 2012-05-25 06:50

    If u dnt agree with ANC either u r an enemy or traitor. They want to bully us. We r becomng like Zimbabwe slowly bt surely

      Prosper - 2012-05-25 07:10

      And how did Zim get 'there'? That is the question.

      Martin - 2012-05-25 07:54

      im a traitorous enemy then. viva la revolution. when will anonymous pull in and start on the cyberside of things here?

  • Mlamli - 2012-05-25 06:50

    I am a regular reader of this newspaper but starting from this Sunday I have to stop. I have said it before that we are the majority we can have our own banks, own insurance companies etc we just need to support one another

      Hudayfah - 2012-05-25 06:54

      I see you have the same views that De Klerk is slated for

      Mlamli - 2012-05-25 07:01

      De Klerk was slated for talking nonsense

      Marion - 2012-05-25 08:29

      @Mlamli - de Klerk was slated for expressing his personal opinion.

  • Vince.York - 2012-05-25 06:50

    The zuma anc is a dead carcass, with a few bloated maggots still writhing around the skeletal ribs sticking out of ripped skin and blackened like a blunt 'spear'. When even all zuma's indian legal and chommie fraternity start to look away you KNOW that it is a dead and gone deal - and the capital has nearly ALL already been removed from our shores leaving only empty 'promise' which has to be paid for by the next 30 generations (SANRAL & Malema NYDA trenders as 1st examples) When is DESPERADO MODE they will resort to anything - so long as it is NOT common sense, or involves any productive work. Look around for anything that 'glistens' and THAT is what they will head for with outstretched blackened claws, resembling drooping spears. RATS & FROGS leaving the burned out anc ship and flashing their fangs at you - that's what this is.

  • Cedric Papa-Junior Kgatla - 2012-05-25 06:53

    BULSH*T this paper is anti-anc,i wont even bother to buy a copy.Mr president is highly respected man.How can u go on exposing his genitals on internet..This is anti-christian.

      Donald - 2012-05-25 07:09

      and whats in the sistine chapel sheep?

      Marion - 2012-05-25 08:30

      @Donald - compare apples with apples please.

      Timothy - 2012-05-25 10:52

      where in the bible does it say it is okay to have multiple wives?

      Shirley - 2012-05-25 11:57

      @Cedric look up the definition of the word "respect". The OED says "deferential esteem felt or shown towards a person or quality". I can't imagine why JZ should expect "deferential esteem" be shown towards him personally based on his past conduct with women, corrupt relationship with Shaik and his inability to unite and lead the country like Mandela did. Mandela is a man who does deservedly have our respect.

  • pws69 - 2012-05-25 06:58

    If the ANC thinks City Press is bad, then it must be doing a good job. I'll be subscribing to City Press today.

  • mzuvukile.mbanjana - 2012-05-25 07:02

    IS the call to boycott City Press a call by Blade Ndzimande or the ANC? Noting that the first person to make that call is Blade.By making such a call the ANC is acting outside the legal framework. Where is the respect of the legal process and the rule of law?I suspect that the ANC is sensing defeat in its court case and is now resorting to the use of force.

      Donald - 2012-05-25 07:10

      because they are bullies

      Tumedi - 2012-05-25 07:30

      Blade is responding to a racist, arrogant and insulting painting that tells all blacks that your fathers and grandfathers that married many wives walked with their penis outside. BOYCOTT CITY PRESS.

      Martin - 2012-05-25 07:41

      Did you hear the part where they said something about ignoring the elite, thats you and I Mzuvikile, anyone educated is who they refer to, text books are not delivered, teachers are useless and they do nothing, any idea why? cos the uneducated are the ones who fall for their lies/promises that are never delivered. i have my hopes that educated born frees will be able to convince their parents this current leadership is nonsence, a second revolution is very necessary in sa. We went from np to anp, where is the anc of old, the blokes we read about, or is the world just so screwed up now that everyone is corrupt.

      charles.ash - 2012-05-25 19:27

      @Tumedi...what exactly are you smoking my brother? You hallucinated that the painting alluded to or stood for all those things. To see the ANC impale itself on Jacob Zuma's "Spear" is extremely gratifying. Finally we will start to have some political vibrancy and not this monopolistic tripe we've been having...cos man...like Vodacom said "WE'VE BEEN HAVING IT!!"

  • Tumedi - 2012-05-25 07:06

    City Press, Goodman Gallery and Barry Murray has insulted all South Africans who their fathers and grandfathers married more than one wives. They are saying to us that your fathers and grandfathers were walking naked. This is racism of the highest order.

      gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-25 07:08

      If you think that that alone was the meaning of the painting then you did not understand the painting at all.

      Donald - 2012-05-25 07:10

      what did you wear before western cloths huh?

      Marion - 2012-05-25 08:31

      @Donald - what did anyone wear before western clothes?

      Desmond - 2012-05-25 09:00

      No brains

      Solly - 2012-05-25 09:28

      Next thing they will be telling us that those still paying lobola are uncivilized. Sorry no City Press for me.

      DraganTrenk - 2012-05-25 09:57

      Did your head collided with a wall?

      shaakieras1 - 2012-05-25 10:25

      @tumedi : oH for goodness sake GET OVER IT!!! every comment you made in this discussion is exactly the same!! "all south africans" ...please man! the only racists are the ones that say 'racist"! the struggle has been fought and won...20years later and you still singing the same song! PLEASE PULL YOURSELF TOWARDS YOURSELF AND GET OVER IT ALREADY!!!!

      Timothy - 2012-05-25 10:53

      Who is Barry Murray?

      Timothy - 2012-05-25 10:55

      Is Barry Murray that comedian?

  • robinson.sekwati.5 - 2012-05-25 07:12

    Lol come on people...can't we think 4 ourselves now...next time they are going 2 tell us 2 boycott Etv..those who've been reading the paper for years and support the boycot,why only now do you see wrong doings?...

      Tumedi - 2012-05-25 07:21

      The newpaper that dispaly ponography which smells racism and also telling us that our polygamous fathers and grandfathers were walking with their penis outside must be boycotted.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 07:48

      It's not racism it's called media freedom. Witch the ANC instated. It has nothing to-do with color.

      robinson.sekwati.5 - 2012-05-25 07:57

      Tumedi....should'nt all the anger and hate be directed 2 the artist only?........''basically we have only 2 choices when it comes 2 our emotions....master them or be mastered by them....''...

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 08:44

      I have been called many different word in my life. If I let emissions get the better of me I would have comited suicide by this time. Life is really not fare. You're emotion triggers the out come of other peoples behavior. Then it can get really dirty.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-25 07:16

    "It is our view that City Press has placed profiteering and populism before the principles enshrined in our constitution," Really now? Is this not exactly what characterises the ANC? Chancellor House?? Imperial Crown Mining?? Zuma?? Aurora ?? Government officials doing business with the State??

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 07:42

      HAVE THE COUNTRY FOR GOTTEN ABOUT ALL THAT. Now they want to get personel about a painting. Halooooo

      pws69 - 2012-05-25 08:23

      @Pieter, it is all about misdirection. Sadly, it is working for the ANC. They have us concentrating on fighting each other over so called "racism" whilst they rob the country blind.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 08:34

      Makes a lot of sense it has been going on for 18 years. And the sheep still follow. Just shows you how ignorant people can be.

  • zolani.ntenge - 2012-05-25 07:27

    I am getting myelf a copy of the City Press this Sunday.

  • franco.beukman - 2012-05-25 07:28

    The fact that Zuma cnt talk for himself is a clear indication that they know he is going to give away the plans of ANC. Do not worry Gwede you doing a good job. Next we will call on all South Africans to boy cott DSTV nd TOPTV for nt supporting ANC nd than its Zille! To think they where against Apartheid ? They keeping it alive

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-25 07:38

      Boycott companies that is giving tax money to squander. Very clever of you JZ. Next time you wake up it would be to the first. Start thinking with your brain not your hart Boet.

  • garth.mes - 2012-05-25 07:28

    I am actually started buying the city press , but after this no more. Freedom of expression has its limits and all this has shown is how low city press standards are. I am no Zuma fan , but this was uncalled for

  • tshidi.rams1 - 2012-05-25 07:42

    media freedom is under threat,ANC is taking us back to apartheid..

  • Travis - 2012-05-25 07:42

    Lol Zuma is just prolonging his embarassment. What a joke!\r\nI just keep praying one day I will wake up with a government that hasnt gone insane.

  • Travis - 2012-05-25 07:48

    I don't give a damn about the painting, but I say we all buy the news paper anyways to support freedom of speech, and in sheer defiance of ANCs arrogance.

      bhulangwe - 2012-05-25 08:16

      the big question wil be 4 how long

  • Zighom - 2012-05-25 07:50

    I question ur motives bch! Its dumb to say the pic is all over the internet. Its not the other websites being sued its urs, and by insisting on displaying it uve overplayed ur hand. Goodman Gallery tried to use the pic to get attention and look now, closed!

      Arnotte Payne - 2012-05-25 08:39

      i am in opposition of the ANC's raw premature action on the matter as they, the authors of the constitution shld know what road 2 hav takn. doesnt an artist hav da rite of expression as entrenchd in da constitution. why dont the ANC wait 4 a court 2 rule over da matter b4 inciting violence and blacklisting newspaper houses. we all waitd for da court 2 rule over Jacob Zumas rape case..inncent till provn guilty' only worx for ANC. is this a shortcut to reverting to enforcing the information Bill? people write their own history, so has comrade Zuma. the artist are merely re-iterating his actions in da form of art. whether culturally accepted by us black ppl or ANC members, the constitution of SA supercedes cultural norms and practices. i personally dont like 2c genitelia, but if u wag it, paint it

      Timothy - 2012-05-25 11:01

      https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=Zuma+painting Worldwide coverage of how stupid South Africa is!

  • David - 2012-05-25 07:51

    "It is our view that City Press has placed profiteering and populism before the principles enshrined in our constitution," this is rich coming from the ANC with their track record. At least the City Press EARN their money and do not lift it from the taxpayers pocket.