YCL ‘won’t lose sleep’ over defaced Zuma painting

2012-05-22 13:47

They will “not lose any sleep” about the defaced painting of President Jacob Zuma, Young Communist League (YCL) general secretary Buti Manamela has said.

But he said he would call for a boycott of City Press if the newspaper did not remove from its website an image of the painting – before it was defaced, and showing Zuma with his genitals hanging out.

Manamela told journalists at a briefing at Cosatu House this morning the league disapproved of the painting, called The Spear, and thought it “disgusting” but not racist, as the ANC had claimed.

The YCL was planning to hold a march on Thursday to the Goodman Gallery, where the painting was on display, but Manamela said these plans have now been reconsidered.

He said the YCL was still planning to march to the Constitutional Court as well as the gallery, and were talking to the Metro Police about permission.

Manamela said the painting has now been “complemented” by some paint. “We won’t be losing any sleep that this has happened,” he said.

“People will argue that this painting was about an individual, but we must recognise this isn’t just an individual, but a leader of the ANC,” Manamela said, adding Zuma represented a large number of people.

“We do not see this as a racist painting and we do not see (the artist) Brett Murray as a white person who did this painting or who represents the views of white people. We saw this as a sadistic person,” he said.

Manamela said the fact that it was a black and a white man who defaced the painting, proved there was no racism involved.

He added that they should get an award for bravery.

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