Gallery agrees to remove Spear from site

2012-05-29 13:26

Johannesburg - The Goodman Gallery agreed to remove The Spear painting from its website, it was reported on Tuesday.

This followed a march to the gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg, by about 3 000 ANC supporters.

The ANC has also called off a boycott of City Press newspaper.

More details to follow.

  • procold2 - 2012-05-29 13:28

    got bullied but got enough free advertising for the gallery and for brett murry well done chaps.

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-05-29 13:30

    Who wouldn't. This is intimidation.

  • japie.v.venter - 2012-05-29 13:30

    The controversial painting has now been defaced. 2 guys (a white & a black) were arrested. The ANC's court case is going ahead on Thursday 24 May to force the gallery to remove the artwork. A 17 year-old mentally challenged girl was gang raped & the video went viral. No one marched. An 8-year-old girl was raped by a 15 year-old boy & her eyes gouged out. No one marched. Entire provinces are without school text books - it's almost June. No one marched. Our imminent police chief is a gangster & has brought our police service to its knees. No one marched. Our country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. No one marched. Our democracy is going down the toilet but no one marches. But our country goes hysterical over a painting! We threaten lawsuits, protests & violent reprisals. Where are our priorities??? What are we thinking??????!!!! We have now proven beyond doubt that our collective mentality doesn't rise above the waist.

      Oom - 2012-05-29 13:34

      Hear hear , pass me a banana....

      komorison - 2012-05-29 13:48

      Well said!!

      nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-05-29 14:09

      I wish u can publish this to all the the newspapers and radios

      Matthew - 2012-05-29 14:11

      Whoever thumbs downed this,you're a blind fool!!! wake up and look around you! Hammer on the nail there "theOne".well said!

      Franklyn - 2012-05-29 14:45

      we can only hang our heads and hope that this countries populace sees beyond their own racial blindfolds.

      semakaleng.thulare - 2012-05-29 14:50

      Now its a good time for the artist to paint a hungry child sitting in a window-less classroom writing her exam on an ice-cream container... and lets all start talking!

      nikondaniel - 2012-05-29 14:52

      Spot on TheOne. As a Nation we should be ashamed of ourselves.

      simon.davies.12382 - 2012-05-29 15:33

      @Simon............... It is one thing writing about what not and what should be marched about but totally something else being the one who did the marching. Marching and protesting are legal rights in this country, if you feel the need to march for rape, crime, unemployment, youth subsidy, paintings GO FOR IT. Dont sit behind a PC and tell people what they should and should not march against. Be the Man in the arena: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

  • QuantumDM - 2012-05-29 13:32

    This is really depressing...

  • Omrisho - 2012-05-29 13:32

    pity... this was a reply to another post earlier in the day... if Lisa Essers had complied and been a "good little sheep" thereby showing that we are afraid to be a free thinking nation, that we comply with whatever whims/policies government bestows upon us, without questioning... that's what got us into this mess in the first place. In the interests of "a better life for all", one should be questioning, and keeping an eye on government policies. This painting, amusing to some and disgusting and disrespectful to others has been a true test of our democracy and our constitution and how government reacts and handles situations. It shows more about how things work, how the ANC think and operate, than any spin-doctored media statement or press release, ever. Actually, it is all positive in the long run... this is democracy at work. ok... in this case, the last sentence does not apply, selective somewhat? c'mon please, are we not capable of better?

  • Sharon - 2012-05-29 13:33

    Ag shame, only 3000 - is that all they could convince to have a nice day out? Bloody hell, I heard they were gearing up for 15 000. Somebody in the ANC over rated their importance big time!

      procold2 - 2012-05-29 13:49


      Alan - 2012-05-29 13:52

      Ran out of KFC and T shirts. Only T Shirts left were the Julius one's but Showerh.... didnt want the okes to wear those.

  • Dane - 2012-05-29 13:33

    Only 3000? I thought they were expecting 15000? Clearly 12000 cadres thought this was a very pointless march!

      neo.khemisi - 2012-05-29 13:37

      Yes you thought right THEY WERE EXPECTING 15000 EXPECTING

      Alan - 2012-05-29 13:54

      whaahaa - and they still made the 'marchers' wait more than an hour for the 'anc leaders' who didnt pitch up. Actually, the real reason behind the scenes was becuase they were still waiting for the out of town buses of 'marchers' to arrive. Now, guess who paid for the buses????

      Matthew - 2012-05-29 14:12

      Obviously the other 12000 thought it was a load of sh*t and didnt bother wasting their time. Rather look for jobs than support showerhead

      Dane - 2012-05-29 14:25

      Apparently the march is over, so the "out of towners" just loose out? No free T-shirt, no free KFC? This march didn't really go as planned now did it. Next headline should read..."ANC call off march, due to lack of interest" ;)

  • Kyle - 2012-05-29 13:33

    Goodman Gallery you were suppose to be our William Wallace. 'They may take our lives, but they'll never take our FREEDDOM!'

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-29 13:34

    I knew they would collapse under pressure, the Chief has spoken.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-29 13:34

    bloody disgraceful bullying, intimidation and censorship by the ANC- for some or other reason this whole incident remind me of how Nazi Germany was in Hitlers time

  • Loo - 2012-05-29 13:34

    OK Done . .what now ANC ... time to trash the neighbourhood perhaps ??? I mean what would a good march be without trashing peoples property

  • Ben - 2012-05-29 13:38

    And freedom of expression dies screaming...

  • Jana - 2012-05-29 13:38

    I wonder if we will be sued if we distribute the image in personal capacity...

  • Andrew - 2012-05-29 13:40

    aaahhh, i'm so glad all the children agreed to play together cute. Now, maybe stop spending my tax money on busses, T-Shirts, placards (amazing how the the protest gear appear from nowhere) etc. and create jobs, feed hungry children, fight poverty, stop corruption instead of assing around with the president's errr portrait.

  • Loo - 2012-05-29 13:42

    Ok so in the end it took one d...ick to unite the ANC ??? WOW !!!!!!!!!!

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-29 14:35

      don't forget the other role players , the professor , taxi driver , security guard and the crying advocate

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-05-29 13:47

    Now back to step 1 trying to close the gap that this painting has open between blacks and white cos of ignorant of \I know my rights\

      sean.noble1 - 2012-05-29 14:37

      Interesting comment since this painting has not caused a single issue between black and white, The only apparent thing that came out of this is that the ANC are a bunch of bullying racists, Ayanda did a much worse painting which was publicly exhibited internationally, and not a single newspaper line item. Now a white guy dares speak his mind through artistic interpretation and the whole ANC goes into bullying overdrive. bunch of f@$#ing hyprocrites. Sad thing is the ANC WILL run this country into the ground and as soon as 95% of the population is starving and fighting, they are going to try and blame colonial Europe for their woes. Pardon my bad they already run the electiricy, infrastructure, water, and a couple of provinces into the ground so we are almost there chaps.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-05-29 13:47

    Okay, we know the ANC is motivated by the race issue because of this painting because it was painted by a white man. But can any black guy tell me when Ayanda Mabulu painted his picture, why were there no protest by any blacks and it so happen were not offended? But yet when a white man paints this all hell breaks lose.

      Johann - 2012-05-29 14:01


      omonaija - 2012-05-29 14:25

      @Winston....First of all, i am no suppurter of ANC and i do not consider the painting to be racist.I however find the painting disgusting based on my own beliefs and upbringing. That being said ,i do not think you can directly compare brett murrays painting and Ayanda Mabulu's painting.Have you seen all of Ayanda Mabulu's paintings? In my opinion Ayanda is a sick individual,his painting are generally gross, mostly about nudity and rituals. Ayanda's painting of Zuma was not a political statement but a general painting about nudity.The same painting included the likes of desmond tutu and the pope.Ayanda's painting is way gross than brett's but it was not a political statement.I seriously can not imagine someone hanging Ayanda's painting on their wall especially a parent. Brett Murray's painting was part of an exhibition which featured other artwork which made several indirect political statements agaisnt the ANC.That is the reason why it became a target of the ruling party.The fact that brett is white also came as a bonus for the ANC offensive.

      Matthew - 2012-05-29 14:43

      @Omonaija: I enjoyed reading your point of the point and well said/written.I hope that We agree to disagree (rather than argue) as a whole over the topic,but i can honestly say,i respect your choice/opinion.

  • Ofentse - 2012-05-29 13:49

    OMG..can't believe am Agreeing with Juju when he said Jacob Zuma and his government are Dictators this whole spear saga is a clear indication

      Matthew - 2012-05-29 14:41

      I know right! i was like " bloody-ways...he does have a brain"

  • Anthony - 2012-05-29 13:49

    good bye freeDOM

  • Alfred - 2012-05-29 13:50

    That's 3000 people who really, reeaaaallly LOVE Zoomah's knob.

  • Kenny - 2012-05-29 13:51

    This march by the ANC on a working day is in line with it's idiotic policy of creating unemployment (Yes CREATING JOBLESSNESS) so that whenever there's a need to march to intimidate opponents there will always be unrully mobs to mobilize at short notice - It is sad to see black like me people being misled like this shuuuu

  • Jackie - 2012-05-29 13:53

    the damage, if any has been done already. the gallery has had massive exposure in terms of advertising.

  • fani.masemola1 - 2012-05-29 13:53

    our country is in crisis

  • fani.masemola1 - 2012-05-29 13:53

    our country is in crisis

  • busisiwe.mahlangu.37 - 2012-05-29 13:53

    This painting just showed ppl true colours I have to say THANK YOU Brett

  • Nomfundo - 2012-05-29 13:55

    Didn't they say, there will be 15000 marchers? only 3000 unemployed people marching. They r calling off the boycott of City Press to save their faces bcoz South Africans defied them and bought City Press in numbers last Sunday; pathetic morons!!!

      mzi.magwaza - 2012-05-29 17:33

      Nomfundo gal ndiyadana yile'coment yakho mtasekhaya amabhunu ajabulile ngoku bathi ookafilè bajikelana bodwa yona la'art gal irongo qha wth'out ukhetha ubuso

  • Shellerjc - 2012-05-29 13:57

    They called off the boycott - ços they suddenly realised it could cause some major problems a few months down the line when staff are having to be layed -off due to a lack of sales LOL

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-29 13:57

    Only 3000??? Was the rent a crowd office closed today?

  • Lourenzo - 2012-05-29 13:57

    15 000 expected less 3 000 actual equals a deficit of 12 000.00 ,,,,,what happened? No one is support this guy.....only villagers bused and given free food and T-shirts just to see ''JOZI'...You cant fool us butch of morons

      fani.masemola1 - 2012-05-29 13:59

      haahaaa, u r spot on bra.

  • monique.jackson0 - 2012-05-29 14:01

    Thank you. Can all these protesters go and get REAL jobs now and help our unemployment rate! Or will they protest against that too? Idiots. There are worse things happening than some painting! Even if it was to bring shame to Zuma- good. You have to earn respect. Rape allegations and jets which could pay for textbooks is not respect!

      S'phoh - 2012-05-29 14:09

      Nx go 2 hell...will u say the samethng if t ws yo father,wu hs bought 2 shame lyk dat....

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-29 14:05

    LOL who is having the last laugh now. Finally common sense prevail the portrait should have never seen the light of day. Sorry to all those who were saying it will NEVER be removed. ANC 1 -0 Retards. I hate people, oh sorry artists who cant stick to their words or potraits - LOL. All those who are heartbroken by the removal of the potrait, go print yourself a lifesize and stick it in your kids' room

      Johann - 2012-05-29 14:19

      shame still stuck in the 80s....get with freedom of speach you voted for it.....

      Frank - 2012-05-29 15:45

      who knows,this may have been his(the artists) plan all along,and zuma totally bought it.the last laugh is on him as the world is watching our so called democracy fading away at the hands of zuma and his mob anc.

      bonanza.phiri - 2012-05-30 11:53

      Sister,right now i'm signwriting on another shop(a picture of OMO).Someone passed by and said\these are the guys who drew our president naked\.Murray has put us to shame.

  • Matthew - 2012-05-29 14:08

    A sad sad day for all south africans,even if half of us dont understand it or see it for what it truly means. The ANC is destroying this country peice by peice. You must make Mandela sick to his stomach!!! destroying everything he stood and fought for.Thugs

  • Donald - 2012-05-29 14:10

    sad day for freedom

  • Johann - 2012-05-29 14:14

    black and white,the ANC are the only ones that is still keeping the people devided,ANC please grow up and move on.

      ppisciotta - 2012-05-29 14:23

      ANC is comprized of the uneducated who wish to remain uneducated.

  • liz.vanmeer - 2012-05-29 14:18

    I don't get it... They will remove the picture from their website.. Does theat mean the actual piating will still hang in the galery then ?

      Matthew - 2012-05-29 14:47

      Quite possibly

  • Jackie - 2012-05-29 14:19

    its not the size of the march that counts, its the size of the penis...

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-29 14:29

    Mocking an organ of the state is one thing but mocking THE organ of the state president eish ke mathata fela

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-29 14:38

    what about the footage of the crying advocate ?

  • mzondistanley - 2012-05-29 14:40

    The damage is already done to the Nation ANC Zulu Culture and President Zuma as an individual. Goodman Gallery You are playing with Fire!!

      Frank - 2012-05-29 15:54

      i`m going to hang a copy in my business and explain what it means to all my european and american clients,will i also be playing with fire heir hitler..sorry, mz..?

  • Bobby - 2012-05-29 16:00

    Can't censor the internet - we just find a new way around it ;)

  • Winifred - 2012-05-29 16:52

    Did they run out of chicken...........only about 3000 marched, wow wee, what a huge dissappointment. So 12000 or so came to their senses. Excuse me, I would have had sympathy for zuma but when the started the race card and bringing in protestors, sorry. This guy was voted president to lure the zulu people in natal, which did happen. At that time they believe he was their hero. Zulu are fearless and an extremely proud people but surely they can be proud now, zuma cannot lead, everything he does or says comes out the back door. When things hot up, he is out the country sorting out everybody else's problems except in his own backyard. Under his presidency, we have seen fraud, maladministratin and everything possible fall apart but it gets swept under the carpet, he allowed Julius and some of his ministers to make racism remarks and he never revoked them. He has put in a police force that cannot be trusted, an education minister who does'nt deliver, Health Dept is in a shocking state and services providers and doctors etc not being paid. Service delivery almost non existant. Unemployment growing faster than weeds. We only see all the bling cars, houses, parties shoved under our noses. All he ever does is play the blame game. Now all the fuss about a bruised ego.

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