City Press firm on Zuma portrait

2012-05-18 09:55

Johannesburg - City Press will not remove a photograph of a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his penis hanging out of his pants from its website, despite a threat of court action by the ANC, the newspaper said on Friday.

"We will respond to court papers when served. The courts will make a decision and we’ll abide by the court ruling," City Press executive editor Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya said on the publication's website.

On Thursday the African National Congress said it was "extremely disturbed and outraged by the distasteful and indecent manner" in which artist Brett Murray and the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg were displaying Zuma.

The ANC instructed its lawyers to approach the courts to force the gallery to remove the portrait, City Press to remove the photo from its website, and for the destruction of all printed promotional material.

Legal papers

On Friday, ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said they had not served court papers on the parties yet, but had delivered a legal letter conveying these instructions. If they were not heeded court papers would be served.

"We are waiting for the response," Mthembu said.

The 1.85m-high acrylic on canvas painting titled The Spear is part of Murray's Hail to the Thief II exhibition at the gallery. It is a sequel to his 2010 exhibition Hail to the Thief.

A biography of Murray handed out by the gallery describes how he continues his "forthright attacks on abuses of power". His bronzes, etchings, paintings and silk-screens formed part of a "vitriolic and succinct censure of bad governance".

The works were Murray's attempts to humorously expose the paucity of morals and greed within the ruling elite, according to the biography.

The Zuma painting, and a few other pieces, had already been sold.

'Violation of the Constitution'

The ANC said the painting violated Zuma's right to dignity. It said his dignity as ANC president, as president of the country, and as a human being had been dented by "this so-called piece of art".

Goodman Gallery staff said on Thursday the exhibition, which opened on May 10, had been well received, with positive comments in the guest book.

The ANC was also challenging the use of the party's logo in a poster featuring the ANC's emblem with the words "for sale" printed on top of it and "sold" stamped across it.

"The vulgar portrait and the dismembering of the ANC logo... is an abuse of freedom of artistic expression and an acute violation of our Constitution, apart from being defamatory," Mthembu said on Thursday.

Murray also took struggle posters and adapted them to read: "Amandla, we demand Chivas, BMWs and bribes"; "Now you have touched the women you have struck a rock, you have dislodged a boulder; you will be president"; and "Tell my people that I love them and that they must continue the struggle for Chivas Regal, Mercs and Kick-backs".

The exhibition runs until June 16.

Murray is based in Cape Town.

  • anthonyangiev - 2012-05-18 09:59

    Great Marketing ploy! I bet 99% of readers reading this will google to check-out the pic! LOL!

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-18 10:15

      my thoughts precisely

      Felix - 2012-05-18 10:21

      It was up on the last N24 article but not on this one.

      mcgillveraysabino - 2012-05-19 08:45

      Zuma has no education Zuma has no birth control All in all you just are Another brick in the wall All in all you just are a machine gunner! Zuma and Vavi are bricks in the wall keeping South Africans in Poverty, and slaves of the anc.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-05-18 10:01

    This is hysterical . The spear of the nation lmao.

      Bones - 2012-05-18 10:51

      They should have named it "Umkhonto we Sizwe" Hahahahaha!!!!!!!!

      rbphiri - 2012-05-18 11:17

      The spear seems to be down and out, polygamy has taken its toll

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-05-18 11:25

      Gregory - i quite like the irony - he is in the famous 'Lenin' pose, as he would like to be remembered as an intellectual... (LOL) but actually he will only be remembered as the Prez with 6 wives....

  • Herman - 2012-05-18 10:06

    I don't think there is any other country in the world where it's president is made such a fool, by himself and by the public.....he so deserves it.

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-05-18 10:06

    He has done all the damage on his own, he didn't need an artists help to do that.. Truth hurts hey.. 20 wives, rape, shower head - need I say more!!

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 10:54

      actually is there ANYTHING... ANY THING AT ALL that one can say: THIS is a good thing he has done! WOW! This guy is REALLY a disgrace... Zuma will be reminded by history as the "Disgraced Beloved Leader" (alusion to the North Korean Leader lol)..!

  • Ryno - 2012-05-18 10:08

    I think it is a case of "the truth hurts"

  • NrGx - 2012-05-18 10:09

    Dignity? - Fraud, corruption, rape. These issues are associated to zuma and you are more concerned about his junk hanging out!

  • Hannes - 2012-05-18 10:09

    post Zuma's spear on your facebook page if you love this country....... bwahahahaa! take Zumas spear viral!!!!!!

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-05-18 10:12

      Too scared to do so, just now its got a virus and I can't shower my pc LOL

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-18 10:14

      I already have my favorite pic on facebook/news24!

      NrGx - 2012-05-18 10:15

      @Kobus, place some garlic and beetroot on it, that should sort it out

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 10:57

      Is this picture the new ANC logo? Cause I heard the other one got sold out LOL!!!! My God I have NEVER laughed so much in my whole life! I SWARE I can hear laughter by putting my ear close to my laptop's monitor..! The WHOLE WIDE WORLD is laughing at this IDIOT..! This is even better than Desperate Housewives! Desperate Comrades... LMAO

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-18 10:10

    There is nothing wrong with taking a picture of an existing item. The only person that has a right to complain about it being put in the papers, is the artist. This thing is in any case on show for anybody to see.

  • Xhanti - 2012-05-18 10:13

    Can someone please explain what President Zuma has done to deserve this! In my opinion this is distasteful. Respect is lacking in this country.

      Herman - 2012-05-18 10:14

      Man, you are so blind

      NrGx - 2012-05-18 10:17

      Respect a corrupt polygamist fraudster? I prefer to respect those who deserve respect!

      Mary - 2012-05-18 10:19

      Lack of respect would be if it was depicted as a teeny wienie.

      Hannes - 2012-05-18 10:19

      dude, is it so deeply rooted in your culture that you cannot even register it as wrong? or do you just have a very bad memory?....

      Gerhard - 2012-05-18 10:20

      @Xhanti, the president has done nothing to deserve this. Now read that statement again, the president has done nothing about crime, nothing about corruption, nothing about education, nothing about improving the lives of the poor, nothing for the people who voted for him. So he has done nothing to deserve this.

      Bob - 2012-05-18 10:23

      Xhanti, I don't have the time to explain to you all the wrongs your president has done, and how he deserves every bit of disrespect thrown at him.

      Leon - 2012-05-18 10:34

      Xhanti...what did showerhead JZ not do, not to deserve this. What an idiot he is!!!

      Xhanti - 2012-05-18 10:54

      Don't get me wrong people. I am not saying JZ is the greatest president. Of course he has failed his country. I cannot dispute that. What I am referring to is the portrait. It has got nothing to do with service delivery [or lack thereof], corruption etc., but everything to do with him being a polygamist. That to me is an insult to the entire Zulu nation (and others that practice it [polygamy]). Study the portrait carefully and revert. If this is what Press Freedom means, I'm sorry but I am totally against it, then.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 11:00

      Slept with unmarried women, slept with an HIV positive woman, fathered children outside his marriage, married a few women, etc etc..! You REALLY do not listen to the news??? WOW dude.... Regarding respect - this country has a DISRESPECTFUL PRESIDENT - we just follow the beloved leader's example LOL..... ... oh man does this answer your question - hope so..!

      NrGx - 2012-05-18 11:20

      Xhanti - I hear your argument, but the press has the freedom to report on anything newsworthy. That fact that the anc have made it newsworthy is worthy of it being newsworthy. If that makes sense

      Peter - 2012-05-18 11:25

      @Abel - You have very sick fetishes...

      Hannes - 2012-05-18 11:31

      @Abel, whatever turns you on man .....

      Alfred - 2012-05-18 11:52

      Well let's see... Was it the rape charge perhaps? Maybe, just maybe he is in fact innocent of that so maybe it's the dozens of illegitimate sprogs that he's had with countless woman who aren't part of his wives club. Maybe it was the 753 charges of fraud and corruption that he sneakily manoeuvred out of. Then again it could have been the fact that he threatened voters with sickness, angry ancestors and hell if they didn't vote ANC. It could have even had something to do with the R300 million of taxpayer's money he helped himself to to build his house. I don't know Xhanti, you decide. Just pick one.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-18 12:06

      Xhanti, respect is something you earn. Zuma hasn't.

      Susan - 2012-05-25 07:53

      Only if you tell us what he has done NOT to deserve this. The country is facing far greater issues. Why the hell are we wasting time on Zuma's ego? Taste is relative my dear, he was man enough to bump someone else out of office before his term ended, he was man enough to marry more than one wife, he was man enough to father more than 10 kids. So let it be known that he should be man enough to deal with the fact that this is how someone perceives him! polygamists like Zuma try to 'prove' their manhood by marrying more than 1 woman. His 'family jewels' are seen by more than 1 woman, so why is he mad that millions of other people can now see it too? He should show the respect that he so desires! NEXT!!!!!

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-18 10:14

    hahahaha!! Hail to the Thief... looking to attract a few more viewers to its site is all they're trying to do if you ask me.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 11:03

      actually there used to be a time when our comments were quickly removed - I think this time they can't keep up with that HAHAHAHAH

  • Kala - 2012-05-18 10:15

    The ANC by making a big hoohah about this painting have in effect created the large amount of publicity surrounding the picture. Had they approached the gallery and quietly offered to buy the painting then no one would be any the wiser

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-18 10:18


  • neo.mogatusi - 2012-05-18 10:17 the time the court rule on cANCer's favour, justice would already be done!! there's millions of them around the world already!!Technology my friend

  • Loo - 2012-05-18 10:20

    Bwahahahah ,, it does depict what is most important to him :)

  • Dumisani Mpanza - 2012-05-18 10:21

    This is a disgrace to us as black's.

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-18 10:24

      Why? ART SEES NO COLOR! Stop being lied to. Nobody is insulting black me. They are insulting Zuma and the ANC. Get over the race card.

      Arthur - 2012-05-18 10:24

      Zuma is a disgrace - so it's the perfect portrait of him.

      Johnny - 2012-05-18 10:31

      Why Dumisani - is it too short ?

      monkinsane - 2012-05-18 10:43

      TSOTSI Smilification - We need more people like you in this country - I really hope that we can all let go of the race card in the future and move forward as one nation united!

      Leon - 2012-05-18 10:43

      Go speak to your president about it!

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 11:08

      LOL - I just simply cannot stop laughing! this is SO FUNNY! Dumisani - shame man: you need to take a chill pill and look at what it represents! If you did not like the fact that it was done to Zuma, then PLEASE put a white person as the president - we can always paint their toti out IF they deserve it..!

      Scooter - 2012-05-18 11:11

      You such an idiot Dumisani Mpanza. this aint about a colour! live today for tomorrow's future,,,

      Peter - 2012-05-18 11:28

      @Dumisani Mpanza - Your a disgrace! bringing race into it, bloody racist

      Singatha - 2012-05-18 11:54

      Speak for your self.

      Alfred - 2012-05-18 11:55

      Sorry mate, but it is infact Zuma who is a disgrace to you as blacks.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-18 12:10

      dumisani, why a disgrace to blacks? Would it have been o.k. if he was white?.

  • Thembi - 2012-05-18 10:23

    It doesn't matter what zuma has done but what has happened to the spirit of ubuntu and respect of humanity?This reminds me of Saarie Baatman.No respect of human dignity at all

      Loo - 2012-05-18 10:28

      OK .. so .. we remove ALL nude art depicting any politician from society now ??!!! Ag come of it ,, you guys are " Besig om die dam onder die eend uit te ruk"

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-05-18 10:47

      Let it all hang out comrades .

      Lynette - 2012-05-18 11:10

      Who the heck is \Saarie Baatman\??! Get your names straight if you want to refer to a historical figure. You obviously meant \Saartjie Baartman\

      Lionel - 2012-05-18 11:12

      You attitude reminds me of the time when someone threw a tomato at PW - they wanted to charge the perp with High Treason - he's a politician (a crooked one at that) and is fair game. Politicians need to earn respect. The way this guy got into power at Plokwane was shameful - shameful as is the ANC, who have lost the plot and are now run by gangsters.

      Peter - 2012-05-18 11:29

      @Thembi - Where was your respect for humanity when Cosatu was stoning the DA. Take your double standards and shove them

  • Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-18 10:24

    The Presedent already lost his dignity by supporting the corrupted elite, by in the news for rape, his shower head, poor leadership and we can carry on. The ANC support this corrupt goverment, were are your dignity thiefs???

  • Gina - 2012-05-18 10:24

    I think the rest of the exhibition i.e. the posters changed to read "Amandla, we demand Chivas, BMWs and bribes" etc is far more damaging to the ANC and Zuma's image than the painting could ever be. The regime's sinister entitlement policy is destroying this country far more quickly than a painting showing Zuma's genitalia. PS. If the artist really wanted to denigrate Zuma, he would have depicted him with extra small genitals.

  • Thoka - 2012-05-18 10:25

    I am not a fan of Mr President but this is total disrespect to any man. unless you have permision to do so from that person

      Rory - 2012-05-18 11:33

      He should then live and act in a manner that is hounorable and doesn't attract this sort of a joke. He brought it on himself.

      Gaby - 2012-05-18 12:19

      I'm with Thoka on this one. It doesn't matter what race/what he did/didn't do. How would you like it if it were YOU in that pic?

  • bafana.skosana - 2012-05-18 10:25

    Viva Zuma Viva, they will say and do anything but knowing you, you will always smile even when facing your enermy, you are the great one.

      Peter - 2012-05-18 11:30

      "the great one" that would have actually been a better title for the painting hahahahaha

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 11:51

      ... actually "The Great Leader" (in small letters - look down)...! LOL

      Jacqui - 2012-05-18 12:13

      Bafana.skosana.....Oh Lord.

  • Stephen - 2012-05-18 10:29

    Its freedom of opinion. The ruling party should allow everyone to express their views, even if they disagree or ridicule the ruling party.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-18 10:33

    until the ANC topple our democracy - the freedoms enshrined in our constitution still apply. so F U.

  • morapedi.tshwarelo - 2012-05-18 10:34

    I think the artist went too far, the showerhead is not that offending, bt private parts!! Yoh, put urself on Zuma's shoes!

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-18 10:57

      Why would we want to put ourselves into his shoes.he's a thief

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 11:15

      I'd rather try Mandela's shoes - because he has BIG SHOES to be filled! That man has earned the entire world's respect over and over! Zuma has earned the painting! I actually wished the artist takes all the money and donates it to a good cause like: homeless children that were brought onto this world by men with their pricks hanging out, or maybe victims of rape done by men that follow examples such as those of the president's..!

      Jacqui - 2012-05-18 12:21

      Morapedi, put yourself on Zuma's shoes? Yep, we can all fit on those, especially the white ones he wears for his weddings. You know the ones he wears jumping around looking stupid.

  • monkinsane - 2012-05-18 10:34

    AWESOME -quite Appropriate since our joke of a president can't keep it in his pants! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

      Marion - 2012-05-18 10:47

      @MonkInsane - and I guess you can?

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-18 11:08

      Bugger off Marion. Stop trolling.

      mihaip007 - 2012-05-18 11:16

      Marion - MonkInsane is not representing South Africa, Zuma IS! So he should know better that the ENTIRE WORLD is watching when his mashini comes out..!

      Peter - 2012-05-18 11:40

      @Marion - Why are you attacking MonkInsane's gender? Your insinuating that because hes male he cant keep it in his pants that's quite sexist

  • Msika - 2012-05-18 10:37

    But, will it stand in court?

      Dave - 2012-05-18 10:54

      only if the judge is a woman...

      Lionel - 2012-05-18 11:15

      Excellent! ROFLMAO! Give Msika a Bells!

      Peter - 2012-05-18 11:41

      @dave.elmore.5 - HAHA Brilliant

  • morapedi.tshwarelo - 2012-05-18 10:38

    Malema whr r u? The bloody artist need to be dicsiplined! Nxa

      monkinsane - 2012-05-18 10:46

      Malema's too busy lining his pockets....oh wait - he was kicked out of the mile-high club! HAHAHAHA

      Jacqui - 2012-05-18 12:23

      Malema is trying to find the money to pay his taxes, don't disturb him. He can only try to think of one thing at a time.

  • dennis.fritz2 - 2012-05-18 10:39

    Freedom of expression = freedom through responsibility. Do this to Obama and see what will happen to your freedom. Disgusting period.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-18 10:47

      Obama got better education, he won't act like a 14 year old testerone moron!

      Hannes - 2012-05-18 11:02

      people seem to forget the fundamental fact that respect is EARNED!! not handed out, you can NOT for the life of you start comparing Obama with JZ.....

      dennis.fritz2 - 2012-05-18 11:02

      What does education have to do with his private parts?

  • niki.wessels - 2012-05-18 10:44

    Considering that much of the country (especially the female section) has already seen our president's Mshini being taken from his pants, what is the big deal?

  • Appealtoreason - 2012-05-18 10:46

    That painting is very good. The ANC doesn't understand what freedom is. They need to be brought down.

      nbula1 - 2012-05-18 11:06

      Clearly u dnt knw wht u saying n u will never substantiate ur statement with the paiting....let me give u a picture of wht is freedom\is whn a government,doesnt favour any1 in terms of anything that differentiate ppl s humans...unlike the past Boere let gorvenment

      Jacqui - 2012-05-18 12:26

      Nbula1,what you write doesn't make sense. Please don't tell me this is the English they teach you at school.

  • sanele.mfene - 2012-05-18 10:47

    This is really distasteful. This a president of our country and a father to some, art or not you can not draw a man with his private parts hanging and eccept to get away with it.

      Loo - 2012-05-18 10:52

      They just DID get away with it .. lol .. focus

      Lionel - 2012-05-18 11:16

      What's the big deal about his bits hanging out? Just a spin on the N3 will show loads of guys doing the same thing: urinating in public...

  • Marthinus - 2012-05-18 10:51

    They should do one with both his feet in his mouth next

  • Mogori - 2012-05-18 10:53

    Freedom of expression!! Do we as ANC members also have the right to take the expression of our anger over this debacle to the streets, will the constitution protect us as well if we resort to the old proven and tested model of petrol bombs as our artistic expression of anger. People are not aware that we are getting fed up with parties determining our politics from the outside, case in point being Cosatu's reaction to the DA march! Instead of getting into talks with individuals who think the are smart the congress nipped it in the bud, I may not promote the methods but I see the rational. Eugene Tereblanch was found dead in a compromised manner with his pants down, but even his dignity was protected by the City Press. So what is going on here I ask myself, is the editor taking sides in ANC politics? Second point of bother is the depiction of nudity in the paper, my grade 2 son reads the paper for me as I drive him to school! Imagine my shock when I heard he and the sister asking me why is the President naked in the paper as he read The Times today. It is easy to hind behind the constitution but it comes back to right and wrong, Like Mr Zuma or not, like the ANC or not, this is wrong and am certain it is violating some FPB regulation as children have full access to media in print or electronic form. Let's keep at it and allow the situation to explode, after all we all have someone to blame!! It's all Mr Zuma's fault!!

      Hannes - 2012-05-18 11:11

      "determining our politics from the outside" so what are we a one party state now? God how I wish I could live to see the day that shtbags like you stand in line for food hand-outs when your politicians have sucked everything dry!!!

      Jaco - 2012-05-18 11:14

      You chose that moron as your president - deal with it

  • tumelorich.seerane - 2012-05-18 10:58

    this is disrespectful, i mean zuma is our president whether u like him or not. Our country is becoming useless, zuma must wake-up

      Hannes - 2012-05-18 11:15

      people seem to forget the fundamental fact that respect is EARNED!! not handed out

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-18 11:03

    Zuma never had dignity in his life.How can dignity be violated here.

  • Ike - 2012-05-18 11:06


  • Scooter - 2012-05-18 11:06

    fall "ANC" fall, RISE "DA" RISE.... come "voting day" come

  • Lionel - 2012-05-18 11:06

    It looks cut; so it can't be Zuma - Zulu's don't do the chop.

      Felix - 2012-05-18 11:13

      Had a buddy who had to get it done in std 9 ouch.

      Lionel - 2012-05-18 11:20

      Somehow I don't think guys like Zuma and that other parasite, Zwelethini are doing the chop thing.

      desiree.lourens1 - 2012-05-18 18:41

      Actually I'm glad you noticed, I thought when I first saw the image that it was a depiction of Vavi, and then assumed that it wasn't a very clear/self-evident likeness to Zuma, not only the facial features but also the height, Zuma, though I don't know for sure, strikes me as a short person, Did the artist identify the image as being Zuma?

  • Koos - 2012-05-18 11:07

    Man, you can’t buy publicity like this. I’m betting the man’s mark-up went up by 300% after is. Very smart!

      Hannes - 2012-05-18 11:41

      Pitty, i read the painting is already sold, if only he waited a few more days...

  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-05-18 11:08

    i don't see any reason why the picture should be shows mr president as he is lol ....polygamst ofcos

  • Mfanafuthi - 2012-05-18 11:08

    We who were previously classified as sub-human, have a long way to go before we can be seen as equals to the so called super-race. Our President has been humilated in public by those who can't stand being under black leadership. They keep saying that we must not use the race card, but on the other hand they humiliate and insult us, its about time we fight this silent war of racism.

      Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-05-18 11:16

      Because even though you have rule,you still want to murder,rape and steal what ever you can get your hands on.675 billion went missing last year at the hands of fraud and corruption at government level and ANC are The people do not have the no how of how to run anything.36 put 48/50 countries under Black rule have failed.i dont care who rules but do it properly and stop stealing from the people.

      Gina - 2012-05-18 11:20

      Your president humiliates himself all the time by his actions. Sorry but the truth hurts!

      Mfanafuthi - 2012-05-18 11:24

      @Jandl Reevo Reeves, you have just prooved me right with your racist comment. Firstly you classify every black person as a rapis, thief etc, why not lay charges of all these allegations. Do you have any proof to support all your allegations with your generilization?

      Mfanafuthi - 2012-05-18 11:27

      @Gina, so you are not a south african since he's not your President. Yes he is my President indeed since I'm proudly South African.

      Hannes - 2012-05-18 11:52

      @Mfanafuthi, sorry to say, but it seems to me you will only be seen as equals the day you stop this collective self-pitty and stop seeing yourself as victims of this world and rise up and actually BE our equals. Everyday I read about how we whites owe you something, my parents and those before them may owe you something, I owe you NOTHING! Infact you owe me the oportunity to show you I can make this work, and the only way I can do this is for you to stop being a helpless victim and start taking responsibility for your situation, you put yourself where you are now, we are by far the minority in this country, yet we are still oppressing you, how is that even possible?

      Mfanafuthi - 2012-05-18 12:14

      @Hannes, I owe you nothing and your parents owe me nothing, I don't live on handouts, I work for what I have. You have just prooved how racist you are, and I feel pitty for your parents as they never taught you to see people as equals, I hope you not passing it unto your children.

      Hannes - 2012-05-18 13:06

      @Mfanafuthi I see this is pointless, but here goes... please explain to me how the hell anything I said above can be interperated as racist? quote me even! YOU have just proved the point I made, and yes, my parents never taught me to see all people as equals, that is something I picked up on my own and the most sugnificant thing I pass onto my children every day is the importance of taking charge of your own destiny and NOT blaming the world for your problems....

      Mfanafuthi - 2012-05-18 13:18

      @Hannes, Everyday you read how whites owe me something,that is racist for your information. Can you qoute me an article in today's paper about whites owing me something.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-05-18 11:13

    who is this Murray?

  • Michael - 2012-05-18 11:14

    hahaahhahahahah,Shame this isnt nice to do...hellavu funny though

  • Mike - 2012-05-18 11:17


  • colin.langley - 2012-05-18 11:17

    can you trolls please stop referring to Helen Zille as Madam! All you are doing is confirming everyone's suspicions that you are indeed a BIG FAT RACIST. And please please please...go and read this before you insult her again! Remember..EDUCATION IS POWER!

      colin.langley - 2012-05-18 11:18

  • Gerald - 2012-05-18 11:17

    If the rumour be true that the DA also purchased this paintings I will be extremely disappointed as a voter. After the Cosatu march I am starting to question my future support of the DA. Mind you, I am all for what they fight for for the youth, I agree with the DA and not Cosatu on the debate, but to have a party march to the headquarters of another party and demand that party read the memorandum is bullocks of the highest order and very irresponsible of Helen. I expect more maturity from the DA

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-18 11:20

      What ever. If you were a DA supporter you would laugh over this... stop spreading ANC propaganda! FYI: COSATU IS NOT A POLITICAL PARTY! THEY ARE A ORGANISATION BLOCKING THE YOUTH OF SA!

      ziphok1 - 2012-05-18 11:27

      I really wish the DA can stay out of this. Because it will get to the point where some of us will say its because Zuma is black. Whether they like it or not they need our votes. I'm really disappointed about this story.

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-18 11:37

      ziphok1 - Read about it: It has nothing to do with race... It is a expression on how the ANC has change from fighting for the people to fighting for BMW's, and money...

      Gerald - 2012-05-18 12:25

      At Tsotsi simple Don't be a sheep, I can object to the policies or behaviour of any movement that I follow, furthermore my support is not cast in stone, I will support whoever whenever their views propagate my interests, they must seek my vote, not the other way around.. Also i am for freedom of expressio, but take care that freedom does not violate another person's right to dignity. Yes I know the arguments that the Pres brought thim upon himself and I can agree to that, I still though fail to see how the public display of his genitalia makes any sensible statement that serve to ridicule

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-18 12:37

      Well said Gerald! EXCEPT FOR THE SIMPLE AND SHEEP PART. Yes, they serve to ridicule. But thats an expression of our times and the artist's feelings :)

      Gerald - 2012-05-18 14:33

      I value what is uttered and written, I take care to choose my words carefully because they carry the most important cargo, which is the meaning those words seek to potray. Furthermore there must be a purpose to meaning, one must have an "agenda" to achieve something when they open their mouths, the artist in question may vry well have valid antagonism to Pres. Zuma, but if he expresses this in such an 'artistic' fashion, then so much of the value/meaning he wanted to portray is lost on some of us when we are faced with such crazz unrefined citizenry, frankly I see a man with no credibility if he can create such works, no credibility and even less creativity, a simple mind will revert to things carnal as metaphors than use intelligent themes, even his depiction of Zuma's assets is most telling of his ( or shall I say lack thereof), and oh his clear insecurities. Here we have a fully grown (albeit not fully realized) man suffering from penis envy! Calssic

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-05-18 11:18

    I guess Marion is looking at Zuma's pick all day and wish for happy days are here again....

  • ziphok1 - 2012-05-18 11:18

    Freedom of expression they say. Good for them, but will you also call it that if its your father, or how will your kids take it if it was you? Where did we as human really draw the line? If we still humans.

  • Jaco - 2012-05-18 11:19

    Now we all know why he is so dumb, ignorent and have that dumb-struck smile........ all his blood is trapped in that member and there is nothing left to let his brain work.

  • brianmacza - 2012-05-18 11:23

    Why is this getting so much attention? Its not like its a big thing, is it? ;o)

  • zaakiro - 2012-05-18 11:23

    Sad to see how far the media is prepared to go "morally" - Regardless of who it is, the problem is everything has become so accepted. Tough imagining a society with any moral fiber in say 10 years from now. We should ask ourselves why there is such a lack for women's rights, such a high divorce rate and so many men an women cheating, it's all these little things which add up. Agree or Disagree with me, but because "disrespecting" a person whether we agree with there leadership ability or the party they represent is the reason our kids will find it so difficult to respect one another. The other problem is such incidents continue to fuel racial hatred amongst sectors of the community. Some might laugh and say well it's funny don't take it seriously, well "haha" their you go. How many times are we going to laugh?

  • pselema - 2012-05-18 11:23

    I'm not a zuma fan but I think it is total lack of respect to paint old people naked. How would you feel if your father was painted naked?