Advocate’s breakdown in court shows ‘raw, deep pain’

2012-05-24 11:19

The breakdown of the ANC’s Advocate Gcina Malindi in the South Gauteng High Court has been described as the result of “raw, deep pain and emotion”.

“Those suggesting that Adv Malindi cried for effect, you’re wrong. It happened right in front of me. It was raw, deep pain and emotion,” City Press’s Adriaan Basson tweeted after a Twitter user suggested that it had been an act.

A heated exchange between Malindi and Judge Neels Claassen preceded the incident, News24 reported.

Earlier, Claassen had asked Malindi if the ANC would still be making a submission to court if FW de Klerk’s face was used in the painting.

Malindi began speaking about the country’s transition from apartheid to a democracy and apparently became emotional, putting his hands to his chest and started sobbing.

The lawyer was said to be so emotional that opposing counsel comforted him. Malindi’s junior advocate might take over from him. The ANC is applying to have Brett Murray’s painting The Spear, in which President Jacob Zuma’s genitals are exposed, removed from City Press’s website and from display at the Goodman Gallery. Earlier, Malindi conceded that the right to dignity and to privacy do not apply to Zuma’s office as president of the country or the ANC. Tweeted @BienneHuisman: “Lawyer bursts into tears while discussing ‘struggle’ in court. So much sore in this country, so much band-aid required.”

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