City Press boycott called off

2012-05-29 13:53

Johannesburg - The boycott of the City Press newspaper has been called off and the Goodman Gallery has agreed to remove the painting The Spear from its website, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

"The Goodman Gallery has agreed to remove the painting from the website," he told protesters outside the gallery in Johannesburg.

"You can also buy the City Press now, just not last week's copy."

The ANC and its alliance partners called a boycott of the City Press newspaper last week when it refused to remove a picture of the Brett Murray painting The Spear from its website.

The newspaper first broke the story when it reviewed Murray's exhibition Hail to the Thief II. The painting depicts President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

Its editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee decided on Monday to remove the image.

"The Spear is down, out of care and fear," she said in an editorial.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-29 13:59

    So the protest march was no more than an election rally for JZ and his buddies. Did they hand out T shirts and supply KFC ?

      Lourenzo - 2012-05-29 14:04

      JZ is going down ma friend...those protesters are villagers who were freely bused and given free food/booze just to see ''JOZI''

      jacobus.hendrikse - 2012-05-29 14:09

      Now behave yourself, mindless masses, or we will rip open the fly of your masters.

      Tuco - 2012-05-29 14:09

      That was the whole idea from the beginning. I mentioned in another article that it would not surprise me that Aumas' people were behind the painting. Think about it. malema is gone. there is noone or nothing to use as a tool to stir up racial emotions. what better way to emotionally blackmail poor people than to use a painting of zuma?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-29 14:17

      Does this mean that in democratic South Africa, we no longer have freedom of speech or artistic expression? Has our democracy collapsed already? Who's running this banana republic anyway ???

      omonaija - 2012-05-29 14:31

      "You can also buy the City Press now, just not last week's copy." OMG ,is this Mantashe for real?????? How can he utter such a statement? Are we in Nazi Germany now???? He needs to have his head examined!

      Keith - 2012-05-29 17:12

      As usual umcomboti beer and and some half fried chicken and some weed for those those who smoke weed maybe some tik too who knows Hahahahaha

      msendi - 2012-05-29 18:54

      It is amazing that people who used all their power to oppose democracy today claim to be the greatest democrats. South Africa will be a Banana republic the day we allow people to use artistic expression to insult whoever they dislike. Uneducated or barbarians in the eyes of the "enlightened ones", we have nothing to lose…

      Thozi - 2012-05-29 22:51

      You got to give it to these guys - little gods they are. They can decide who reads what and when - to hell with democracy. Can't understand why they still bother to go to courts... where they lose everytime, when they have the power to do as they damn please, irrespective.

  • Msika - 2012-05-29 14:00

    The pawns can now purchase the city press, but not last week's.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-29 14:18

      Didn't you get your copy? I bought dozens to keep for family generations to come !!!

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-05-29 14:28

      Poloyatonki, may I ask why you live in the western cape under DA rule, where all the europeans live? Anxiously await your answer!

      Alan - 2012-05-29 14:34

      You can read Trollatonki?

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-29 14:45

      tasmee.hylkema I was born here in the western cape, my ancestors can be traced back to 1620 here in the Cape.

      Byron - 2012-05-29 15:24

      @tasmee - I thought South Africans lived in the Western Cape? Was I not included in the distribution list for that memo?

  • musamuskid - 2012-05-29 14:01

    You can buy City Press now not last week copy... WTH? ... Gwede can u also give me money buy the newspaper to!

  • Sharon - 2012-05-29 14:02

    The boycott of City Press was called off, because it did not work! Nobody heeded it, and the ANC knows it full well. Rather than admit their failure, they now say it is no longer required. Note to ANC: We are not as stupid as you think we are!

      bambanani.mdzimba - 2012-05-29 14:20

      sharon,why did city press agred to remove the so called art.whites dont buy city press

      Sharon - 2012-05-29 14:32

      @ Bambanani - You didn't think they would keep it on their website indefinitely, did you? btw - I bought a copy of City Press on Sunday, and I was very lucky to get one, as they were selling like hot cakes.

      bambanani.mdzimba - 2012-05-29 15:00

      good for you,they never sold were i was on sunday.

      Riaan - 2012-05-29 18:40

      bambi Where was that? The local shebeen?

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-29 14:02

    Hope they enjoyed their shlong walk to freedom

      Alan - 2012-05-29 14:34

      whaahaa Jacqui!

      Alan - 2012-05-29 15:47

      Absolutely, Jacqui. Another epic worthy of 'Dick' King.

      Phelamanga - 2012-05-29 17:47

      Ha ha. Mandela's biography -Long Walk to Freedom. Zuma's biography - The Shlong Walks to Freedom.

  • gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-29 14:03

    Oh, how kind of the ANC to stop bullying the newspaper.

      Hudayfah - 2012-05-29 19:29


  • Loo - 2012-05-29 14:03

    Oh well .. that settles it then ??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO .. they still have a court case to go cry in ..

  • Loo - 2012-05-29 14:05

    Oh well .. why not just call off crime too .. might as well since your'e being nice

  • Murechen - 2012-05-29 14:06

    I dont know if I'm losing it, but I cant remember reading a press statement from JZ himself and not a "the president says.." statement or even seeing him on the news talking about this whole drama.

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-05-29 14:06

    Human rights championship:freedom of expression v/s right to dignity; and the winner is right to dignity I'm not against brett Murray art bt against him violating prs Zuma rights to excise his rights

  • Marion - 2012-05-29 14:07

    Even DA and Julius probably garnered more support at their recent marches.

  • Matthew - 2012-05-29 14:07

    Bunch of Thugs.Using whatever means to get what you matter how much you destroy in the process ,and that includes any form of human rights.Ruthless intimadating thugs. your turn will come one day when the tides have changed,and a government that isnt corrupt will bring all your misdeads to light and bring you all to TRUE can dream anyways...

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-05-29 14:07

    What a completely bored senseless bunch of people in this march! Who the hell has time to talk about a painting for 3 weeks!! F@%# it?

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-05-29 14:31

      .....the unemployed........

  • Luviwe - 2012-05-29 14:08

    ANC you are a disgrace to our democracy. What a pitty you think you own the african people and you can dictate how they must think. Jacob Zuma brought this painting to himself. For the record, as a black southa african man I am not insulted in any possible way. Well done Brett for saying things we are unable to say in such a simple and honest language. A truth written in blood will never be erased by lies written in ink.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-29 14:20

      Good for you :) a person with an open mind, regardless of colour, is a thing to be proud of.

      Alan - 2012-05-29 15:51

      Good on you Luviwe. You join Reuel Khoza, Dr Mamplela Ramphele, Moeletsi Mbeki and other Black folk in speaking the truth about what is happening in South Africa. We all need each other to work together and ensure our joint future. But the ANC constantly seeks to divide us using 'racist' accustations. Brett's exhibition was protest art, not racism whatsoever.

      Dee - 2012-05-29 17:21

      Yes - It is surely inconceivable to imagine that ANYONE in S.Africa would ever dream of painting Madiba as an exposed fake Lenin / revolutionary leader...... and I cannot imagine that JZ defines 'the morality', nor 'the culture' of many fabulous and free thinking black South African. However, there is certainly a lesson for me in how very raw emotions and history of our past is still with us. And I will be mindful, respectful and sensitive in that understanding.

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-29 14:09

    Promotion went well I see!

  • Antipoaching - 2012-05-29 14:10

    about 5 000 marchers and this after bussing them in to swell the numbers..... I think Goodman Gallery & Ferial Haffajee folded their tents for nothing! 5 000 marchers at this ANC march is a drop in the bucket when compared to previous era's

  • kwezi.figlan - 2012-05-29 14:11

    Even if the boycott continued we would still buy the paper. They should not think that had an impact on the paper instead there more sales than any other day last sunday.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-29 14:12

    Who is next on the censorship tirade? Google? I doubt it as that monster is a bit too big for them to handle ..

  • Chien-Teng - 2012-05-29 14:13

    What happened to South Africa being a democratic country and freedom of expression?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-29 14:18

      The ANC regime happened. Do you know which states they partnered with during apartheid? Check those states' human right records ...

      bambanani.mdzimba - 2012-05-29 14:28

      is still freedom of expression,the anc is entitled to call its supporters to boycot,u have the rights to buy,we are all free to do what ever,free not to buy and free to buy

      Alan - 2012-05-29 15:54

      Yes Bambanani - for whatever stupid, politically self-serving reason you choose. The ANC is a cesspool of incompetence and corruption. How can you even think of defending it?

      Dee - 2012-05-29 17:25

      Chien-Teng .....Beijing would approve of recent events? :))) ...hmmmm... although perhaps they didn't like the use of Lenin in the pic!?

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-29 14:13

    The boycott had no effect - all it did was to show how a female editor was bullied and threatened.

      Byron - 2012-05-29 15:26

      oh, I must have missed how this was twisted from freedom to expression, to media freedom, to cultural preservation, to racism and now to sexism ai ai, I need to buy a diary to keep up with all these agendas

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-29 14:15

    of course the boycott is called off, the only outcome of this boycott would have been the City Press posting record high sales. The ANC's pennant for busing illiterates in to make a noise is wearing thin.

  • Dolph Dee Moliko - 2012-05-29 14:22

    well i bought anyway, i dnt wnt anyone telling me what to buy nd not what to buy. nxa

  • ConcernedCitizen - 2012-05-29 14:25

    The ANC are abusing their power through intimidation of the press.

      bambanani.mdzimba - 2012-05-29 14:34

      when the press intimidate the anc u dont complain

      Alan - 2012-05-29 15:56

      Give it up Bambanani - the press simply publishes the TRUTH about the ANC. Is that what you'd like to suppress?

      christian.denyschen - 2012-05-29 16:11

      bambanani you talk about freedom of expression, do u know what it even mean? how can the anc have freedom of expression but not Brett and FYI its freedom of association not freedom of expression.

  • Mlamli - 2012-05-29 14:31

    Ok my Secretary I will buy next Sunday's newspaper. Thank you City Press for removing that nonsense

  • Jack - 2012-05-29 14:33

    The Bokram must be powerful around there....

  • George - 2012-05-29 14:35

    It is clear that the City Press does not respect its readership, and it is clear that the arrogance was directed at its readership and particularly blacks. White people don’t buy or read the City Press. People who were offended are black people. I am failing to understand why City Press which is appealing to the black readership failed to acknowledge a call by a vast number of black people to remove the rubbish from its website. The Sunday Times which is appealing to the white community didn’t bother to publish it. Why? The editor must be sacked for her arrogance and stupidity. She knew blacks will be offended by this piece but she went ahead anyways.

      Andrew - 2012-05-29 17:25

      Would you prefer to have white news and black news. Dollying up the news to hide facts from certain cultures? Come on!

  • James - 2012-05-29 14:42

    I don't think City Press are to worried dog breath! Judging by sales figures from last weekend.............F**king twat!

  • Kagiso Spat Truthtell - 2012-05-29 14:43

    Mantashe its too early to call off the boycott...Haffajee still hasn't apologised for on a front page nee man. Dnt call a boycott again when she reposts that painting bcoz im sure she will. The painting must be destroyed completely and must not be shipped to Germany.

      James - 2012-05-29 14:52

      Good luck with that.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-29 15:01

      Ag Mantasha please grow up and instead of brain wash ingnorant people like Kagiso.

      Andrew - 2012-05-29 17:23

      Kagiso. You have a lot to learn my brother. I don't even thing you know why you want the painting to be destroyed. Another sheep following the brainwashed ANC nation. If you say it's because our culture is to respect our elders or it's racist because it's a white artist. Then do some research on black artists who paint the ANC in a bad way. Research ayanda and what he has to say about the painting. You say you want the painting destroyed and not shipped overseas as that's exactly the words said by the ANC today. Like a parrot.

  • Henk - 2012-05-29 14:57

    as if the anc or cosatu were able to force a boycott!!! PLEASE man you are pathetic!!

  • almeleh - 2012-05-29 15:12

    These are the ANC's storm troopers intended to frighten and intimidate everyone into their way of twisted thinking.

  • Byron - 2012-05-29 15:22

    "You can also buy the City Press now, just not last week's copy." hahaha hey, politicians

  • Issa - 2012-05-29 15:36

    The way I understand democracy - is much about people of different test, ideas, education, culture, beliefs and colour to come to terms that we can live, work and play together without one hurting the other. No people misunderstood democracy and we go out of the box in hurting others, killing the emotionally and even rob them while the sun is shining in the name of democracy. We are just trustees of democracy - the owner of democracy is God the almighty who created and put every thing accordingly - come time of rain, winter, summers and so on - some get cross some of us gets happy and the days keep on rolling. It is not democracy to make other people feel useless, isolated, discarded and unimportant. The painting based on religion, humanity and even secular beliefs it was wrong and lack of Ubunthu and democracy - coz in democracy there is code of conduct called human rights.

  • Phepishi - 2012-05-29 16:33

    I don't think the usual readers heeded the call anyway. Maybe only the masses

  • Keith - 2012-05-29 17:14

    Hey mate if you dont do what the ANC says they will neckless you boy, truck tyres this time burns longer !!!

  • ninjacraig - 2012-05-29 18:46

    "The Goodman Gallery has agreed to remove the painting from the website," Um no they haven't. I almost lost respect for them but read elsewhere that this was just another lie from the ANC. They would not remove it off their website just because a corrupt government and rapist told them too.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-29 20:31

      I saw the spear too still hanging at the gallery's www.

  • Ako - 2012-05-29 19:35

    There was no need at all to boycott city press I believe that we need newspapers like city press because really we won't be able to know what's going on with the corruption. It's so true that our government officials are so corrupt. Secondly the ANC shouldn't have made a lot of noise about the painting because by so doing they made the artist so popular throughout the world his work has gain recognition and the painting that was defaced has increased its value simply because there's a story behind it. Lastly our leaders should be very careful they should cover their back because papers and artists are only doing their job and they shouldn't be crippled they should be left alone to freely do their job in the so called a \FREE COUNTRY\

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