Film board adjourns Zuma hearing

2012-05-23 07:26

Johannesburg - The Film and Publication Board adjourned a hearing on Tuesday night on the classification of a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

"The parties in the matter requested that they be given more time to prepare," said board spokesperson Prince Mlimandlela Ndamase.

"At this stage, the parties departed with the understanding that they continue tomorrow [Wednesday] afternoon at 14:00."

He said a submission had been made that the hearing be open to the media.

A decision on this would be made on Wednesday morning by the board's chief operations officer Mmapula Fisha.

Ndamase said that submissions by the Goodman Gallery and by City Press newspaper would be would be considered by the board in its decision on whether to classify the painting.

On Friday, the ANC launched an urgent court application in an attempt to stop the Goodman Gallery from displaying the painting, and the City Press from displaying a photo of it on its website.

Its lawyers sent the gallery and the newspaper a letter demanding its removal.

The gallery refused, saying it would be "censorship to take the image down". City Press also refused, saying it would leave this to a court to decide.

The painting by Cape Town artist Brett Murray has sparked debate about freedom of expression and the right to dignity and privacy.

The ANC will argue in court on Thursday that it should be removed because it violates Zuma's right to dignity and makes a mockery of his office.

Two men allegedly defaced the portrait with red and black paint on Tuesday morning. The will appear in court in Hillbrow on Wednesday.

The gallery has temporarily closed its doors to the public.

  • Adil - 2012-05-23 07:43

    Is the film board going to assess the painting done by Ayanda Mabulu as well?

      Koos - 2012-05-23 07:50

      That would be racist.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 07:54

      I agree with Koos, Ayanda is black so to assess him would be racist.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 07:57

      Hey Koos, you should add your pic.:)

      Luke - 2012-05-23 08:06

      Good call Adil :) here is the link for those who like to see both sides of the coin.

      Rob - 2012-05-23 08:09

      Always more time to prepare so the lawyers can charge you more.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 08:14

      Guilty until proven bankrupt.... that is the way of justice Rob.

      Bryan - 2012-05-23 08:59

      WTF does this have to do with the Films and publications board anyway?? Oh wait.. it's called selective censorship...My bad!!!

  • Koos - 2012-05-23 07:47

    What is the chances that the FPB will be objective in this? Their CEO already stated that a decision to classify it was already made on twitter before the fact and then deleted her account to hide it. Another farce in the making.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 07:57


      Nosiphom - 2012-05-23 08:59

      Gone are the bad old days when we did not have twitters and these stupid people could not vent their feelings on the internet. Now she was forced to recuse herself because clearly she had already made a decision. Some people msut be banned from twitter.

      Iceberg - 2012-05-23 09:25

      The Film and Publications board has no backbone and no teeth. They can't even stop one of the SABC channels to broadcast explicit photos of naked women after a certain time at night. If you look at the age restrictions for movies on our FPB gives the lowest age restriction of all countries. Lower even than European coutries and South American countries. So I can't see how they can classify this as pornography.

  • Ian - 2012-05-23 07:49

    This request for more draconian censorship of art and political satire is one of the worst in 5000 years of known civilisation. A very dangerous road indeed. How about a leader who takes a look, makes a comical quip and moves on. We can not forever protect "leaders" against critics, and the courts are definitely the wrong place. How about some stunning real leadership through equal growth, dramatic movement iso our endless debates and wallowing in poverty and inaction.

  • julian.booyens - 2012-05-23 07:51

    Since when does The Film and Publication Board have rights to censor art, which family member is part of this board ? If they do sensor it then they will have to relook and sensor every film, magazine, video or other media that went through their review process and passed as there are more offensive movies than this painting that are allowed in this country.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 07:57

      While they are at it, they might want to sensor JZ as well. It's hard knowing that a grade 7 pupil is more qualified to run this country and I actually find that more offensive then that painting that shows the man exactly as he is.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 08:00

      I heard on the grapevine that underware are now only going to be sold in shops that has dark windows and you have to show your ID to gain entrance. There will be an armed guard at the door. All underware will have to be tumbled dry as they will not be allowed outside on the picket fence anymore.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-05-23 07:56

    And the ringmaster in this circus is zuma's spear or shall we say umkhonte we sizwe!

      Koos - 2012-05-23 08:20

      slap riem

      shandukane.moshatana - 2012-05-23 08:35

      Hahahahahaha I dont think u r S.A citizen bro how long Have u been in SA....umkhonto we sizwe:I think its time we learn than complain.

  • Vaughan - 2012-05-23 07:57

    Why do I feel like we are suddenly back in the 80s?

  • Luke - 2012-05-23 08:03

    geez! RUFKM! how long does it take to look at a painting?!?!?! Any excuse to get into a loooooong drawn meeting to have a circle-jerk and a free lunch.

      Koos - 2012-05-23 08:05

      Careful Luke, you might get Zuma exited.

  • Donald - 2012-05-23 08:08

    Me thinks, everyone should find an old masters painting that has nudity and complain to this obviously politically motivated "sheep" board. We must classify the Sistine Chapel, hey what about the Michelangelo David. all art history books should be classified. any nude art study should be classified, I really think we also need to classify Father Christmas as well because well... hmmmm... he is portrayed as white.

  • Donald - 2012-05-23 08:12

    we need to email spam the FPB with every so called objectionable artwork ever painted or printed to show the ridiculousness of their involvement. SHEEP

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-05-23 08:18

    What the hell.... Why is this even being brought before the Film Board ffs... its not pornography.

  • Ryno - 2012-05-23 08:24

    it looks like the more things change - the more they stay the same...are we moving towards a communist state?

  • Emanuel - 2012-05-23 08:35

    I have seen so many graphic paintings in my lifetime. What about those? Is it just because the ANC are trying to censor everybody else's opinion?

  • Balulekile Simani - 2012-05-23 08:47

    Vavi Vavi u are a real ass kisser beacouse if Zuma can have 210 wifes so can his private parts be on any show

  • Rob - 2012-05-23 09:02

    This reminds me of Zambia in the 70s (who knows, maybe it hasn't changed). It was absolutely forbidden to discuss any public figure in any critical manner. Of course it happened privately in small groups, but even then yhere was an atmosphere of surveillance in the air. Central control of minds is a bad place to be.

  • flysouth - 2012-05-23 11:57

    How strange that the ANC should make such a fuss over this painting - but say nothing at all over this similar painting, by a black man, which also depicts certain 'notables', including Zuma, with his parts exposed? What is on display here is not Zuma's penis so much as the ANC's quite extraordinary double standards and racism. We really DO need better government than this! See the painting by Ayanda Mabulu here: "The painting, (Oil on canvas, 150cm X 200cm in size) shown above, was one of six paintings by Mabulu that was exhibited end 2010 as part of a solo exhibition at Worldart. The exhibition titled "Un-mute my tongue" depicted the desire of poor black South Africans to have their views heard and considered. The work featured political figures Jacob Zuma, Barack Obama, Robert Mugabe, PW Botha, Nelson Mandela, George Bush, Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Tutu seated around a table, much like in Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper. All of the figures are hindered or compromised: Jacob Zuma's penis is supported by a crutch. According to Mabulu, this is a metaphor for the perception that Zuma's sexual escapades are out of control; the crutch implying he needs help to overcome the issue.

  • Ishmael - 2012-05-23 15:20

    Is not fear for jaco zuma this a disrepect to our presint someone who did is he/she is not a christain

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