ANC’s Mthembu hints at appeal

2012-05-24 13:13

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu has suggested that the party will appeal an unfavourable ruling by the South Gauteng High Court.

“We will take it wherever we have to in order to defend President Jacob Zuma’s dignity,” Mthembu said.

The case of Zuma, the ANC and Zuma’s children against the Goodman Gallery, City Press and artist Brett Murray was postponed in the South Gauteng High Court today. The applicants are seeking a court order for the removal of Murray’s painting in which Zuma’s genitals are exposed.

Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, thanked thousands of ANC supporters gathered outside court.

“Thank you for your continued support, thank you to the ANC as well,” Duduzile said during the court’s lunch break.

However, she refused to be interviewed.

ANC Gauteng secretary David Makhura said there were people who want to “take freedom”.

“We must be vigilant,” Makhura said.

He asked ANC supporters to wait for the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who was expected to make an important announcement after the court proceedings.

Umkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans Association chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe said the ANC must change the constitution to show that the party is in power.

“In other countries you can’t insult the president. There would have been fire,” Maphatsoe said.

George Moyo, the man accused of causing malicious damage to property after spray-painting at the entrance of the Goodman Gallery, also thanked the ANC for defending black people’s dignity.

“This has been happening for centuries,” Moyo said.

Said Mthembu: “As Africans we’ve never wanted to see our parents’ private parts”.

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