FPB's hearing into Zuma's Spear continues

2012-05-29 09:06

Johannesburg - A meeting of the Film and Publication Board to decide on the status of a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma is expected to continue on Tuesday.

Last week, the board sent a team of five classifiers to view and classify Brett Murray's painting The Spear, which was on display at the Goodman Gallery, after several complaints.

The painting depicts Zuma with his genitals exposed. It was vandalised last Tuesday and has since been removed from the gallery, which has temporarily closed its doors to the public.

The committee intends classifying the painting in line with the Film and Publications Act.

On Wednesday, the board's CEO Yoliswa Makhasi recused herself from the classification hearing following a complaint by City Press editor Ferial Haffajee that she was biased.

The hearing itself was postponed because the parties to it had not been given enough time to prepare.

The media will be allowed conditional access to the hearing when it resumes.

The ANC and its alliance partners, the SA Communist Party and the Congress of SA Trade Unions, will march to the Goodman Gallery on Tuesday to protest against the painting.

  • Loo - 2012-05-29 09:32

    Bwahahahaha typical .. the portrait doesnt even exist anymore, its been removed from the newspapers and gallery, its in court already ... BUT .. NOW the board want to make a ruling on something that do3esnt even exist anymore . .WTH for ???

  • barry.boake - 2012-05-29 10:26

    Wonder what this little excursion will cost the taxpayer.

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