Zuma ‘Spear’ case to be heard by full bench

2012-05-22 09:16

The ANC and President Jacob Zuma’s case against the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg and City Press will be heard by a full bench on Thursday “in view of the public importance of the matter”.

Zuma and the ANC have approached the South Gauteng High Court to have the paiting of Zuma, with his genitals exposed, removed from the gallery and from the City Press website.

Artist Brett Murray has been joined as a third respondent in the case.

And President Zuma’s children has brought and application to intervene in the matter.

Hundreds of people carrying posters slamming the controversial painting toyi-toyied outside the High Court in Johannesburg, Sapa reported.

Wearing t-shirts proclaiming: “President Zuma has the right to human dignity and privacy” in the same red and black as the Brett Murray painting the ANC wants removed, his supporters sang songs and ululated in Kruis Street opposite the court.

Glossy posters with the ANC logo saying, “We say no! To artistic expression” were held aloft as a man dressed in military camouflage led the group in song and chanting.

A large ANC branded stage backed into Pritchard Street opposite court and traffic was diverted for the application by Zuma and the ANC.

Meanwhile, the High Court in Johannesburg ruled that the ANC’s court challenge can be broadcast live on television on Thursday.

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