Women’s league supports Zuma court bid

2012-05-22 07:01

The ANC Women’s League’s Gauteng branch has called on its members to “heed the call of the ANC” and support a court bid to have a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma taken down.

“No South African, despite the office they occupy, deserves such disrespect and only a perverse mind would draw such malicious depictions,” the league said.

“We condemn the art work with the contempt that it deserves and hope that Brett Murray will use this time to do some much needed introspection on his values and ethics as a human being.”

The ANC yesterday called on its members to gather outside the South Gauteng High Court “to defend the dignity, reputation and integrity of the president of the ANC”.

The league said: “We urge all members of the women’s league in Gauteng to heed the call of the ANC and support the application for an urgent high court interdict against the Goodman Gallery and City Press.”

The ANC would try and stop the Johannesburg gallery from displaying the painting of Zuma with his genitals exposed, and City Press newspaper’s website from carrying a photo of it on its website.

It served the gallery and the City Press with court papers of Friday.

“These court papers are seeking to interdict both parties from displaying and exhibiting on their website or any other platform, including the online channels, the offensive and distasteful so-called portrait,” ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

The gallery has rejected ANC demands to take the painting down, saying it would stay until the show was over.

City Press has also refused to comply.

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