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Zuma Spear 'an attack on African culture'

2012-05-21 07:29

Johannesburg - The painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed is an attack on the morals of African culture, the SA Students' Congress (Sasco) said on Monday.

"This arrogance is ideological and an attack to the very value and moral systems of the majority African people and many other religious persuasions," president Ngoako Selamolela said in a statement.

The picture subjected Zuma, as an adult and as the country's president, to "public ridicule".

The 1.85m-high painting titled The Spear is part of Brett Murray's Hail to the Thief II exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. The portrait has sparked debate about freedom of expression and the right to dignity and privacy.

"Satire or not, there is nothing politically acceptable about a personalised attack on the president by drawing his genitals and putting them on public display," Selamolela said. Artists should be "sensitive" to consolidating the country's cultural identity and value system.

He called for the portrait to be removed from display and for an apology from Murray.

"After all, there is such a thing as a weakness in judgement with no deliberate intention to cause harm," Selamolela said.

On Friday, the ANC launched an urgent court application in an attempt to stop the Goodman Gallery from displaying the painting, and the City Press from displaying a photo of it on its website.

The hearing would be held at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday, party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

The Sunday Times reported that the painting had already been sold for R136 000 to a German buyer.

Comments
  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-21 07:32

    Oh wow, is this really still an issue?

      Jill - 2012-05-21 07:35

      Agreed Tony. Perhaps the "long and the short" of the story is really different strokes for different folks ?!?

      raath - 2012-05-21 07:35

      Verwoerd kept his "spear" in his pants.

      Heibrin - 2012-05-21 07:37

      @Tony: small things amuse small minds?

      Koos - 2012-05-21 07:41

      Verwoerd didn't screw his best friend's daughter now did he?

      Felix - 2012-05-21 07:41

      Who are 'you people' Lorain?

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-21 07:57

      Just shows you what is art about. Just weird minded illustration of there feelings. Which obviously have a right.

      winston.mullany - 2012-05-21 08:05

      At least the painter had the 'balls' to paint the true picture of our president!

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-21 08:08

      Apparently so Tony ... but then this is the same culture that uses the side of a public road as a urinal and has their your girls virginity tested in public while they are dancing topless ... go figure

      John - 2012-05-21 08:09

      All Leon Schuster fault..... I knew that mr.Bones and the "Love Bone" will cause problems. Ishhh.....

      Gordon - 2012-05-21 08:11

      Zuma's always smiling but obviously has no sense of humour. Surprised he didnt come out with something like: "Obviously its not me, its too small in the painting" Would have stopped the hype, and saved a ton on lawyers fees that could have been better spent on the poor.

      Allen - 2012-05-21 08:12

      Let's get this straight.(Gees I crack myself up!)The real reason why the ANC is complaining is because the artist didn't take enough artistic license and make the offending focal point bigger!

      Alan - 2012-05-21 08:16

      whaahaa Jill!!!

      Jeannette - 2012-05-21 08:22

      @Lorain- Vervoerd is synonymous with apartheid and oppression. I was under the impression that the ANC was for freedoms but this just proves they are no better. @tony. I agree. This is stupid and if the ANC hadn't reacted- very few of us would even know the painting even existed. The Artist must be laughing now.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-21 08:25

      As far as I hate JZ for chasing Malema away, but I think the painting is stupid.

      jordaanjean - 2012-05-21 08:37

      @Lorain No they would not have made of like that of Verwoerd. He did not F@ck everything in sight including a HIV+ woman, while he was married to 3 other woman. He did not promote multiple sexual partners by marrying every woman he feels like. Zuma should just accept the fact that the painting is a rather accurate depiction of how most of the world sees him, as a horny old man and not a president of a country.

      Mark - 2012-05-21 08:56

      Nothing to do with African culture at all.... This is what people think of YOU Zuma, time to wake up... for every action there is a reaction... you reap what you sow... act like a pervert, get treated like one....

      Stille - 2012-05-21 09:18

      @lorain - "you people"? - there's words for stupid little girls like you, its starts with a c and news24 wont publish it if i post it here.

      jandreleroux - 2012-05-21 09:48

      One of the underlying issues here is that we livein a mixed society, a rainbow nation if you want. Just as red is different from blue so one culture is different from an other. Note that we are talking about different not of better or worse. This means that what is culturally acceptable to one group might be offensive to another. However the problem is that much more complicated than that. For South Africa to work, all will have to sacrifice some of their cultural ideas. A big problem is how we decide which ideas to sacrifice. Who decides whether "showing respect to a leader", some would say blindly showing respect... or freedom of speech (some would say the right to be foulmouthed) is more important? There needs to be intercultural dialogue on a practical level, not just by some absent minded professors or overly verbose philosophers, but between neighbours in communities. Further more talking of African culture is a misnomer. There is no such thing as AN African culture. There are Zulu, Xhosa, Shangaan, Himba, LAo, etc cultures, and these might share cultural concepts, but there is no such thing as African Culture. Or European Culture. (The French and Belgians, eg might share some things, but they are not the same culturally.) I daresay that there is not even A Americna culture anymore. Their country is becoming more diverse, and has always been a mongrel nation, a cultural mix.

      Jill - 2012-05-21 09:53

      Alan, absolutely LOVE your responses!! Do u think we will ever get to the "bottom" of the story?? [me smiling]

      Boeretroos - 2012-05-21 12:22

      Oh...I think the artist was very generously sensitive towards the prezidunt during the depiction of his surrealistic painting - he above all expectations bestowed a unique boost of substantial physical character over-endowment on a natural micro visioned, ordinary black guy from africa with nothing to offer anyone.. except perhaps his assegaai !

  • Henri - 2012-05-21 07:35

    Its only an issue cause its the truth, now you want the court to lie 2 ???? shame on you !!!!

      Fredster - 2012-05-21 08:25

      Why is it an insult? I thought they are proud to walk around in their deer skin with their PP's grading on the floor.

      Alan - 2012-05-21 08:36

      Wake up people - the real cause of this is Apartheid. whaahaaa

  • Faizie - 2012-05-21 07:39

    The correct interpretation of the painting is that the male organ represent Africa, with the head of the penis being South African. The President is looking else where, not at Africa or South Africa

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-21 08:10

      way to go Faizie ... that about sums it up

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-21 08:46

      Alien Paul, you are the one who shouldnt be here go back to your planet.

  • Buhle Mjiyakho - 2012-05-21 07:39

    @raath,let me not waste my breath...What do u know abt culture anyways!

      Koos - 2012-05-21 07:58

      Enlighten us.

      Henk - 2012-05-21 08:20

      its something 90% of the people in south africa dont have!

      Marius - 2012-05-21 08:39

      Well said Henk.

      raath - 2012-05-21 08:50

      I like yogurt, does that count?

      Schmee - 2012-05-21 08:58

      Yea we know, Buhle, the Zulu's are only catching up to the hippie sex drugs and rock 'n roll culture now. Guess they don't call it Africa time for nothing.

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-21 10:10

      Buhle ... your culture or mine???

  • ettienne.hattingh - 2012-05-21 07:43

    Enough already! There are more import things to worry about than a stupid painting.

      Alan - 2012-05-21 08:26

      yeah - It's hard to understand what all the fuss is about. Does the painting depict a downturn in his fortunes?

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-05-21 08:31

      Funny , the more they protest the more exposure its getting . I mean its now on international news networks.... lol .

  • Jason - 2012-05-21 07:43

    yawn - this article has evolved to basically be an attack on everything on earth. how absolutely boring.

  • Stephen - 2012-05-21 07:43

    What culture? If you call cutting the penis'es off 4 year olds to grind up into "muti" or gang raping a 90 year old to make luck and show your a man a culture, then you can shove your god-damn culture where the sun never shines because it aint a culture, its barbarism and savagery..........bottom line.

      Koos - 2012-05-21 07:45

      If they don't play the race card they play the culture card.

      Susan - 2012-05-21 09:33

      wish i could give 100 thumbs up,you hit the nail on the head...

  • tumi.lekoko - 2012-05-21 07:43

    It is unfortunately, that is insensitive in so many ways..no one wants to see their private parts hanging in public. No one include you. What are we teaching our kids by all this.Is this really freedom, or we just using it as an excuse to redicule other people. This is utterly wrong in so many ways, why are we playing GOD. Our society is screwed up, no wonder we have rapists and child molesters living amongs us. If someone can sit and draw a picture of an adult and hang it in public for everyone to see, we might as well let our kids buy magazines of naked people - in the name of FREEDOM of expression or whatever you wanna call it

      Koos - 2012-05-21 07:46

      Hopefully you teach your kids that respect is earned, not a right.

      Bonkers - 2012-05-21 08:07

      The distinction between pornography and art has been argued for centuries, but if you think that anyone is going to be sexually aroused by that picture, then you need to have your head examined.

      tumi.lekoko - 2012-05-21 08:10

      Respect earned yes I know, let us not judge for we are not GOD.

      Henk - 2012-05-21 08:23

      @tumi, now can you explain the porno magazines then? why is it that these magazines are ok but a naked pictures of zuma is an issue? the anc after all did ok porno in this country, didnt they?

      Alan - 2012-05-21 08:28

      hmmm Tumi - one wonders if any 'respect' was earned by actions like the shower episode? What is that teaching our kids????

      elewies - 2012-05-21 08:31

      tumi we have every reason to judge as this man is the President of the Republic- we have the right to judge his absolute lack of policy to create jobs, his in-effort to stop government corruption and actually being on of the gravy train himself, his disgusting games to try and undermine the constitution when he swore an oath to protect it and the fact that he is wh#ring around with girls 30 years younger than him. He CHOSE to live a public life therefore the public shall judge!

      Ali - 2012-05-21 08:33

      @tumi No one's playing god. What this is teaching our children is how a free and open society works. Please remember that this is not an ad hominem attack on JZ. It is an artist's depiction of the state of leadership in the ruling party, of which JZ is a symbol. Someone asked why we never saw a similar painting of Verwoerd. The answer is simple: we did not live in a free society under Verwoerd. Would you rather return to such a society? I suspect many people would, as long as the tables are turned in their favour.

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-21 08:40

      Please tell me wot zuma has done right regarding the Upliftment of Women and Womens Dignity. If you have children PLEASE dont use him as a role model for your sons and keep your daughters away from anyone who supports zuma. Anyway he is already the laughing stock of the world this painting did not do that

      Matthew - 2012-05-21 08:55

      I can understand what you ment by "no one wants their private parts on display" but seriously dude...Do you honestly think that the painter went over to Zuma,asked him to drop his rods,so he could sketch his slong or take a pic so he refer to it later.no.he didnt.So your point is kinda silly. Like someone commented earlier,he should've just laughed and said it wasnt him (zuma:that cant be me,thats way too small) instead he has just gone on and on and on,and ironically has given it so much publicity that its now international news.lol@zuma. But why is it fine for JZ to do whatever the hell he wants,but as soon as someone says "Hey!,thats not right!" he throws his political weight around. As for your other points. i kinda agree to some extent.bit not otherwise =/

      tumi.lekoko - 2012-05-21 10:18

      @Alan, I was disturbed by that so much, but hey it was out there. Anyway you dont have to agree with me on anything I was just saying "Freedom of Expression" @Bonkers, youd be suprised

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-21 07:44

    zuma and the anc must get over it... FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION!!! its not his actual penis... He should be honoured someone found him profound enough to paint....

      Alan - 2012-05-21 08:29

      Perhaps he had just seen a shrink?

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-05-21 07:47

    Sasco is a student organisation where politicians wanna-be teenagers participate and train themselves in politics. Which African culture is symbolised by someone's genitals?

      Koos - 2012-05-21 07:50

      Seems it is the Ngoako Selamolela culture. One of stealing, plunder and rape.

      John - 2012-05-21 08:03

      "Attack on African culture"? I think SASCO is completely out of knowledge in African culture. Have you ever come across to African art from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso....or any others? Ngoako Selamolela ...you have no idea about symbols in your Own Culture. For your information genitals are one of the most common symbols in African Art.

      Henk - 2012-05-21 08:26

      Very good comment sello! why must there always be a culture or racial connectation to everything some one says or do? this picture is not faceless. it is a picture of zuma and it doesnt represent or symbolise ANY culture or race.

      Madiba - 2012-05-21 09:08

      what a stupid question that is, i wonder if it was ur dck or ur dad's dck how you where gona react.

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-05-21 07:48

    Oh boy, now I've heard it all.....

  • Richard - 2012-05-21 07:48

    Hey if Zuma can't keep it in his pants whats wrong with it been potrayed outside his pants.

      Matthew - 2012-05-21 08:59

      Lmao! Nice one boet! pure poetry right there!

  • stampalex - 2012-05-21 07:49

    An insult to African cultural morals/values? Really? - With the highest incidence of child rape in the world (By more than five times the next worst), wanton graft, corruption and gratuitous murder of white farmers, voting known criminals into government (There's a us busload of those), African culture/values are not exactly anything to be proud of... Don't make me laugh. Our so-called president has brought this upon himself.

  • Luke - 2012-05-21 07:50

    Welcome to North Korea

  • swavka - 2012-05-21 07:50

    I must congratulate the anc - this was an extremely fantastic marketing strategy - if they kept quiet about this no one would be the wiser, now you have the whole of SA you are going to Art Galleries to view art. Congratulations and here is a noddy badge for u.

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-21 07:50

    For every right there is a other right

  • Deon - 2012-05-21 07:50

    If you like and this painting, clearly you would have no problem either if it was a painting of you, with your genitalia exposed, in a public place, without your permission.

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-21 08:02

      I havent introduced a right for what ever any one does. There must be a no- right for balance.

      Deon - 2012-05-21 08:23

      The only reason the artist did it is for controversy, publicity and by extension, money. The only reason people are defending it is because it's someone they dont like (and make no mistake, neither do I), and the glee-factor that comes with doing it. The problem with criticising gutter-morals is you have to get in to the gutter too, and think the artist did that very well.

  • Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-21 07:51

    zuma, My tax money is on attack with all the goverment thiefs. Why do you not make so big noise about corruption. How many people could get fed they all the money solen!!!

  • Johnny - 2012-05-21 07:54

    Ask the artist to extend the *spear* Maybe it's a ego thing? Maybe if it was longer there wouldn't be a problem?

      lownabester - 2012-05-21 08:11

      hahahaha I like this one.

  • Richard - 2012-05-21 07:56

    It pays to advertise maby he will get anothe 6 wives

  • Archie - 2012-05-21 07:56

    The spear of the nation,20 babies,lots of nookie on the side,illegit, children,corruption trials,dodgy lifestyle with aids positive woman.WhAT DO YOU EXPECT?A friend to people like Shaik!,come on people he is definitly not a role model.The communists cling to him like parasites because they have no other home.Zuma is a prime target for political paintings and statements.The truth will always out.

      Alan - 2012-05-21 08:21

      is the spear crooked?

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-21 07:56

    So Zuma can sing about his "spear" but don't you dare put a picture to the words... Lol I mean he should be honoured, Michelangelo made a statue of David and he was nude... And his penis (Am I allowed to say Penis?) was smaller than the one Murray portrayed for Zuma... "M'shini wam, m'shini wam" Lol PS: I'm expecting a lot of negative and insulting comments and I just want to say that I forgive you :)

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-21 08:00

      lebogang.molefo I think the complain comes from his wifes. This is not a true reflection of the real thing. They say it's fals atvertising. They want also what is adverised!

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-21 08:20

      bwahahahaha lebogang, can't have upset him that much because he would have offered to pose for a correction to the painting

      Alan - 2012-05-21 08:22

      Refer it to the Consumer Council then?

      Henk - 2012-05-21 08:34

      lebogang very well said. doesnt seems to be that many of the sensitive ones had access to your comment?

      zuraya.lamb - 2012-05-21 12:26

      thanks for the laugh lebo. your are indeed very funny.

  • sean.bezuidenhout - 2012-05-21 07:58

    Satirical Artwork has been going on from the beginning of history and is nothing new. It depicts people and circumstances in witty pictures. The way the ANC is reacting to this is like they just learnt Satire happened yesterday. The question is if you were the painter how would you paint the picture?

  • Ryno - 2012-05-21 07:58

    did prez not now that every action has a reaction - you can not continue with your personal lifestyle they way you do if you are the head of state - culture or not: a bad example is a bad example

  • Henry - 2012-05-21 08:00

    If "your" cultural values are a joke to the rest of the world,don't cry if they all laugh at you sasco. Mr president has had how many kids and gotten married how many times since taking office? William Clinton(US Pres) got impeached over miss Lewinsky if memory serves correct,but we can't take the micky out of president "i can't keep it in my pants for 5 minutes". sasco , here is a kite , have fun.

  • hc12345 - 2012-05-21 08:02

    What culture? To take your penis out wherever you want and pee. You do this no matter who can see you. No effort made to do it behind a bush where no one can see you? In full view of little girls and women?

      netswera.livhuwani - 2012-05-21 08:06

      you got the point three,we blacks dont mind displaying it.no culture on this please.

  • Deana - 2012-05-21 08:07

    Save a Nation! An attack on African culture- please! African culture has no objection to raping, plundering, corruption etc. It's dog eats dog in Africa. Get of your moral high horse, Jacob- if you earned respect the painting wouldn't even exists!

      Deana - 2012-05-21 08:54

      My apologies for generalizing. I studied African culture, and it is evident that morals issues surrounding rape, corruption, plundering etc is a daily occurrence in Africa. Watch the documentary \The Greatest Silence- Rape in Congo\. In most African Languages there aren't even a word for rape! I am NOT a racist- I treat any person of color exactly as I'd like to be treated.

  • jen.bader - 2012-05-21 08:08

    Everything in this country is either 'against a culture' or 'Racist'. There is so much frothing at the mouth about some basically bad artwork yet, if you look at the other posters in the series, realise that the general theme is the current government's failure. Zuma's government has failed to improve the lives of the majority of it's voters, is soft on corruption, can't control the taxi industry, can't manage crime, can't sem to do anything to leave a possitive legasy. Will Zuma be remembered for anything other than the multitude of wives, children and a rape trial?

  • Bibi - 2012-05-21 08:08

    Enough of this already! The Queen of England said nothing about her demeaning painting years ago and she is several notches higher in the food chain than any Safrican and everybody forgot about it soon afterwards. Had everybody just shut up 3/4 of world would not have notice.I cannot believe that there are still news articles about it. Zuma is not that special. Malema must enjoy this. Secretly.

      mzobanzi - 2012-05-21 08:45

      Almost correct except for the stupid bit about her majesty being more important than South Africans

      Rob - 2012-05-21 09:38

      mzobanzi: What do you mean 'stupid'? Who said anything about the Queen being more important? You see, you read things that are not there, just as we all look at the representation of Zuma and see what we create for ourselves in our minds. As for the Queen of England (and a few other places to be accurate, including Canada) she certainly is higher in the food chain than anyone I have known in SA....based on her wealth and influence!

  • Andrew - 2012-05-21 08:10

    Hard to believe this especially when we look at the incidence of AIDS, teenage pregnacies as well as young girls beeing married off to older men in their culture so I am afrain the comment doesn;t wash!!!

  • lownabester - 2012-05-21 08:10

    What about The Reed dance, every year, Young women dancing with their breasts expose??? So its OK to show the female body, But please dont treat the President the same!!!! What a load of rubbish,

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-21 08:15

    @News24, and again my comment is removed. So much for freedom of speech.

      netswera.livhuwani - 2012-05-21 08:20

      freedom of speech,Sonono Khoza is pregnant again.

      Nockx - 2012-05-21 08:48

      Dude don't bother with them editors, just keep writin the same thing til they over it. That's what they do best... Deleting comments

  • Alan - 2012-05-21 08:19

    er - this could be confusing if this was a painting of a guy called Dick. How to find the real one......

      Jill - 2012-05-21 10:14

      Alan, absolutely LOVE your responses to the comments!! But all this up and down movement is giving me a headache! (I mean of my finger on the scrolling button guys!)

      Alan - 2012-05-21 11:32

      Well - Having seen the picture, I see the President's point. He should not be seen as anything but an upstanding member of society. I think the painting is just a flop.

  • tmaboe - 2012-05-21 08:21

    I personally feel that the painting should be removed as it violates the right of privacy and right to not be humiliated. The gallery and the artist can argue all the want but it is a violation of Zuma's rights. It also shows to an extent the disrespect of these people and Jonathan Shapiro to our president. And ofcoz the president must earn the respect he wants but that doesn't mean that we should disrespect him Mr Shapiro. It is unethical of Shapiro to suggest that the President brought it unto himself. And by so saying he agrees that this painting is violating to the president and should be removed.

      mzobanzi - 2012-05-21 08:38

      You're too contradictory so I can't get the gist of your message! Pres \must earn respect\, has he? Hard working masses that religiously earn respect for paying their taxes are still waiting for their houses to be built, so what really? JZ gets his free bacon every month anyway - let him just chillax

  • petrofect - 2012-05-21 08:21

    Murray is inspired by pornography...#out of order

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-21 10:07

      If you think that is porn, then there is something wrong with you

  • aspruyt - 2012-05-21 08:21

    "morals of African culture" uhmm I lol'ed at that line =) More like selective morals.

  • jen.bader - 2012-05-21 08:24

    "Satire or not, there is nothing politically acceptable about a personalised attack on the president by drawing his genitals and putting them on public display," Selamolela said.' Is it really a drawing of Zuma's bits or just an artistic interpretation? :-) It's a waste of time going to court, that picture is all over the internet already.

  • sizwesucre.soqaka - 2012-05-21 08:26

    i find it rediculous when they start complaining when it has to do with the president, if it was anyone who is in the low class in that portrait.... the portrait would have been treated like a common sight.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-21 10:08

      Exactly. Do we forget that Zuma is a human just like everyone else? Just because he is president doesn't make him above us automatically. He is OUR servant... or supposed to be

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-21 08:26

    Tselane Tambo posted the following message on a social networking site: "So the Pres JZ has had his portrait painted and he doesn't like it. "Do the poor enjoy poverty? Do the unemployed enjoy hopelessness? Do those who can't get housing enjoy homelessness? He must get over it. No one is having a good time. He should inspire the reverence he craves. This portrait is what he inspired. Shame neh! [sic]" Give this lady a Bells!

  • Rob - 2012-05-21 08:31

    A last few words. Yes, it is an attack on African morals and culture, as far as they are represented by Zuma's complicitness in corruption, thievery and interpersonal relations. I would have thought that was a faitly obvious aspect of the representation. The real issue here is that when culture is used as a purported reason for contentious behaviour it does not make that behavious morally or legally correct. You can think of many examples from Zuma's history, but this maxim of course applies to us all. The telling point is that each person is responsible for what they do, it is not ok to blame our culture.

  • adln.ntsielo - 2012-05-21 08:34

    \The values and morals of african culture\???? Get real buddy!!! R u saying fathering children out of wedlock is an african culture??? Having so called consensual sex with ur daughter is african??? I wonder if u do come 2 his defence had it been ur biological father,who vowed 2 love nd respect ur dear mother till death!!!!

  • Barend - 2012-05-21 08:34

    Its all a load of balls

  • Corne - 2012-05-21 08:35

    My question is, what about Trevor Noah? In one of his most famous comedy acts, he refrenced the presidents penis, more than once, in a redicule manner...Even Zapiro cashed-in on this. Seriously, if the president can't take the heat, then he should leave. This happenend to Bill Clinton as well, did he cry over it?

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-21 08:41

    Can somebody please tell me what morals and values these lot are on about the whole time? Can somebody please tell me what morals and values there are in the parliament?

  • Matthew - 2012-05-21 08:43

    Oh just shut up Lorain go troll somewhere else you stupid racist

  • Jason - 2012-05-21 08:52

    Wondered when someone would play the race card...

  • Martin - 2012-05-21 08:55

    zuma has been the point of public ridicule since his coup brought him into power

  • wayne.bayman - 2012-05-21 08:55

    Everyone except Jacob Zuma has something to say about this. I want to hear what our president has to say about this. Nelson Mandela has been portrayed in hundreds of cartoons and he never had a fit like this. That is why we love Mandela, he took the ridicule with good grace.

      Aphiwe - 2012-05-21 08:59

      Zuma is clearly not having a fit either hence his silence on the matter, kgante what are you saying!!! #rollingeyes#

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-21 15:05

      He did say something about being hurt by the painting, how it portrays him as a womaniser and all that crap.... If so then the painting speaks the truth http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Zuma-hurt-by-painting-20120520

  • Peter - 2012-05-21 09:04

    What culture?

  • mariette.v.heever - 2012-05-21 09:04

    What about attacking gay and lesbian rights?