Gallery takes down The Spear

2012-05-22 18:30

Johannesburg - The Goodman Gallery pulled down from its walls the controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma with his penis exposed after it was defaced by protesters on Tuesday.

Two men smeared paint over the painting The Spear, with Zuma posed as Vladimir Lenin with his genitals exposed.

The vandalism occurred as about 400 African National Congress supporters sang and danced in downtown Johannesburg in support of Zuma during a court hearing on the party's request to force the gallery to remove the painting.

"We have removed the painting from the premises to a safe location pending the court case," the gallery said in a statement.

It also said it has laid charges of malicious damages to property against the suspects who defaced the painting.

Police said three people were arrested, including one who damaged the gallery's walls.

The gallery has also closed temporarily over "numerous threats of intimidation".

The painting by Brett Murray stirred rage from government and the ANC shortly after it went up for exhibition last week, with accusations that it was racist, disrespectful and an abuse of freedom of expression.

"The extent of the rage has astonished me and upset me very much," said gallery owner Liza Essers.

"I... never imagined that this debate would transform into harmful physical action."

The court case is due to be heard on Thursday.

  • Sonja - 2012-05-22 18:37

    Appartheid...or Appartheid the ANC way....Which is worse!!

      Gary - 2012-05-22 18:41

      Agreed, you will be beaten until you see it their way

      Squeegee - 2012-05-22 18:41

      Well, this puts the Info Bill into perspective.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 18:42


      Sonja - 2012-05-22 18:42 was just a dream

      Andrew - 2012-05-22 18:46

      We still live in a fascist society!!! It's a disgrace that an art gallery has to shut it's doors.

      tyron.fawcett - 2012-05-22 18:49

      you gota love it, imagine if the ANC put as much efort into job creation and service delivery as they put into a painting? Our polygamist president is more worried about a stupid painting. What he should realy be worried about is the next election cause i feel a change in power. 18 years of the ANC milking the people and they blame Appartheid.

      Pixie86 - 2012-05-22 18:51

      please let us not start that conversation. Don't ever compare today and then, ever. Whatever ills you see now can never be compared to the autrocities of the past.

      Sonja - 2012-05-22 19:06

      neo.khemisi they are, very very happy. resting in peace.

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-22 19:07

      Apartheid the ANC way? what is that?

      Andres - 2012-05-22 19:24

      The sad thing is, nobody EVER bothered to look into Brett Murray's past and find that he too, painted against the Apartheid Nationalist Government. He has been painting political satire for decades, even then he was censured by the Nats, now by the ANC. You argue that art may not be in good taste; however, is the ANC becoming self-serving, yes; has the ANC abandoned national reconciliation for racially-charged rhetoric to hold onto majority votes... yes. And, what will happen... the closure of the gallery and the destruction of the art will make international news and once again, the world will begin turning their backs on us as we're seen as a growing global pariah state, where leaders put their egos ahead of all else. Zuma is not the only one and it's not racist. Bill Clinton underwent ridicule and the most crude of humour in the streets after the Monica Lewinski scandal. It wasn't deemed racist or demeaning, it was deemed American's right to free expression. We have abandoned Mandela's principals outright and we will be punished for it, sooner or later.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-22 19:47

      @neo.khemisi - As far as I know Namaqwaland is not known to be on the route the Voortrekkers followed. I should know. I was born there and grew up in that beautiful part of SA. Leave my beloved world alone. O...yes, If you red all the articles from the begin you would have seen I was the 1st person on the 1st article who were not happy with the painting.

      Sipho - 2012-05-22 21:26

      What is worst is your spelling ....

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 21:31

      @ Annman - good story, but Brett's 'struggle credentials' should not be a yardstick against which to measure whether what he has done recently is OK. No one's struggle credentials should be used like that.

      frederik - 2012-05-23 02:08

      ttshabalala- just another brainless ANC supporter.....there are no one as blind as those who do not want to are pathetic!!

      Titi - 2012-05-23 10:02

      I'm no fan of Zuma but the fact is Zuma & the ANC Are much better than Hendrik Verwoed and his govt.....There are no Laws that oppress other citizens

  • Harry - 2012-05-22 18:37

    So much for freedom of expression.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-22 18:42

      Will Zuma Zip-it-up?

      Gary - 2012-05-22 18:43

      We are free to express as long as it doesn't piss anyone off, offend anyone or expose any truths. Have I got that right???

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 18:45

      As we do with the Kids ......We teach them that with Rights comes Responsibility Now after 18 short years We have to teach Adults like the kids that with Democracy comes Responsibility. Try channeling your alleged talents in a progressive manner.

      marius.vanderhoff - 2012-05-22 19:26

      @ttshabalala. i`ve read your comments and i find it funny that you find only problem with the"way white minds work". Go and read Tselane Tambo comments, then you will see there are people of all coulors saying the same thing. But i agree with you in a way that i would not like my fathers genitals potrayed, and it is certainly not in my mind ok in doing so concerning JZ`s. (and i`m white - hope it don`t confuse your thinking)But on the other hand he also bring it on himself and i do agree with Tselane Tambo on pionts that this is very important to him and even going to court with this matter while South-Africa needs more from him.

      Oscar - 2012-05-22 19:35

      Tsotsi-Baby, how does this painting mock your culture? White people also have penises. You are one seriously confused garden engineer.

  • Tim - 2012-05-22 18:39

    The death of democracy in motion ...

      Squeegee - 2012-05-22 18:44

      No difference with those who want to kill artists for portraying the prophet...

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-22 18:55

      NO,this is democracy in motion. Now we have to fight for a permanent closure of the gallery #Power to the people

      John - 2012-05-22 20:42

      @Tsotsi Anarchy is what you understand for democracy. Closing a Gallery which exibits African Artist Art? I don't think that you getting facts around you correctly.

      Bheki - 2012-05-22 23:00

      And you think Democracy is on your terms....wake up and smell something....

  • pkheswa - 2012-05-22 18:41

    It just had to be the hard way

      Sonja - 2012-05-22 18:44

      the hard way...meaning throwing freedom and democracy out the window.? wow, your a champion without a cause!!

      pkheswa - 2012-05-22 18:48

      @Sonja, how would u feel if it was your father that was drawn with his genitals hanging out?

      tyron.fawcett - 2012-05-22 18:58

      i bet @Sonja's granfather isnt a polygamist

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-22 19:00

      @pkheswa - maybe if zooma had a bit more integrity, this painting would not of existed.

  • Franklyn - 2012-05-22 18:42

    the picture is now an iconic part of our history and above the debateable realms of art that are still being thrashed about,it is now a part of our heritage and needs to be preserved for future generations to take note of.

      Franklyn - 2012-05-22 18:57

      actions speak louder than words-look and learn,who are the heroes ? who are the villians ? you decide....freedom of expression applies to all.

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-22 19:10

      The extent of the rage has astonished you? When citizens of this country stop playing the political game and take up the racial game, of course there will be rage. You never imagined that this debate would transform into harmful physical action? Wait a minute! More is still to come. Some of us black people were not in support of some of the actions of th ANC because we were under the impression that this was a political battle that all SA's were engaging in, until we woke up to realise that whites are playing a racial game. I had made a decision to never vote again or vote the biggest opposition (DA), but under the circumstances, it is clear that it is white vs black. We might have had lost hope in the ANC, but not in being black. You attack a black man like that and then call the painting "the spear".....damn we know what you are referring to. And most of us will stand up in numbers and show our rage. I'm one of the very angry people at this humiliation of a black leader, and you know what.....he's not even my favourite politician. But if he gets attacked in a racial manner, I stand with him. Guys you have no idea what you are fuelling here. This country will never ever get to where Mandela wanted it to if things carry on like this. Damn, we are humans as well.

      Koos - 2012-05-22 21:13

      @ Kalawa. My broer. R all whites racist? R all blacks racist? How can u allow extremists 2 change your point of view? These racist whites and blacks win when intelligent people allow themselves 2 b swayed by fundamentalist views.

      Koos - 2012-05-22 21:17

      @ Kalawa P.S. Did you notice how many whites expressed the opinion that the work is disrespecful? I was astounded by their number. In fact, that was the most astounding 4 me in this whole saga. That even people who don't like Zuma took exception 2 the painting. No broer, if we can only c white racists when there r white people supporting our views, then something is wrong. In the end, racism will destroy us. We must try 2 stay objective despite the hate speech of white and black racists.

  • Anthony - 2012-05-22 18:43

    now it,s truely international and the world will see how this anc government for what they really are. yes a failed government.

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 18:46

      a racist failed government

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-22 20:00

      What they see is so called Genocide sufferers are still getting away with Disparaging Black cultures in our own land.

      Franklyn - 2012-05-22 20:37

      sorry....but this is not your land,the san were here first,the nguni peoples only settled later after exterminating the san in those areas...San first....get an education.

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 22:43

      @Franklyn, if you will take that line of argument, then this is Ms Ples's land. She was here first. The San as a people did not originate here. Modern man came back into South Africa around the iron age. The san entered SA through Botswana and travelled all the way down to the Cape. Even a wiki search will tell you that. As for their extermination, records show that small-pox is the culprit, as is conflict with Europeans in the 1600s. I love science and history; and am opposed to the twisting of facts for narrow-minded political purposes. In any case, all these tales are pointless: South Africa belongs to all. Oh, by the is not the Nguni peoples that you should be referring to, but the Bantu people. Put differently, the Niger-Congo B people. The Basotho are not Nguni, Franklyn. They are also here. So much to learn about your country, non? Every single one of us could do with some more education. Even you!

  • Kolobe - 2012-05-22 18:45

    where is this idiot? Johana - May 22, 2012 at 11:22 Report comment ANC thugs. They will come for me and you and everyone that does not agree with them. Mark my words.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-22 19:54

      Ha, ha, ha! I remember/saw that comment.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-05-22 18:48

    oh my word. It's like a melama article. It keeps popping up over and over again. Let it go. Please. For the sake of us readers. Let it go.

      Byron - 2012-05-22 18:58

      iol or m&g carry other news articles - i get my daily fix of news over there

      Pixie86 - 2012-05-22 19:02

      thanks byron. I think i'll migrate over there. Sheesh, it's too much i tell you.

  • Hadebe - 2012-05-22 18:48

    @last sense has prevailed in the minds of these maggots, forcefully, gues thats the only language they understand better, Amandla!!!

      Sonja - 2012-05-22 18:50

      Lets hope the artist paints another one. BIGGER...showing the real size of his little maggot.

  • Bruce - 2012-05-22 18:50

    Fortunately too late, the damage is done. With all this fuzz created by the ANC, we are now the laughing stock of the world. It's been reported in the papers all over the world and everyone is having a good giggle. Now our judges have to waste their time trying to rescue the "dignity" of a person who lost it ages ago, if he ever had any. The ANC has been exposed.

  • kassie.qhasi - 2012-05-22 18:51

    Good! Too bad they didn't destroy the whole gallery. The main reason I hate the painting is that it was all about the money for the artist, disguised as some valuable statement.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-22 18:52

    I'm not sure what is a bigger disgrace, the fact that the gallery had to close because of intimidation or the fact that the president of SA is an uneducated bufoon, womanizer, corrupt person who aooints inept cronies instead of honest competent people in alll spheres of govenrment,protects other criminals and has done all he could to avoid standing trial for over 700 charges....

      Noxville - 2012-05-22 22:32

      @tnmunyai: Take it easy on the acid.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-22 18:52

    copies of the painting have been posted on internet sites and are available all over the world. if anyone wants an electronic copy I can send it to them. Zoomer the porn star is an international star.

      leoa.martins - 2012-05-22 20:06

      Just download from wikipedia legally.......its probably been uploaded under the creative commons licence.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-22 18:55

    You want results? Intimidation is the answer. Check the Durban taxi drivers: Just intimidate the authorities more fines. You see, we need their votes in the next election so we can continue intimidating anyone who does not agree with us.

  • Melusi - 2012-05-22 18:56

    The people have won! Big up to the WHITE professor who refused to be associated with sick minded white racists who disguise as artists! And to your BLACK associate,south Africa loves you guys for defending the PRESIDENT of the country!

      Chas - 2012-05-22 19:15

      Will yZimou still have the same opinion, when we are like

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-22 18:57

    If only the same levels of energy and outrage were expended every time a child is raped, 'sexually groomed' or a human being is trafficked, another abuse of public funds is revealed - and no action is taken, another person has to hand over 50% of their pension to the traditional leader after working in the city for 45 years. Or even more mundane but no less damaging, a taxi/bus/bakkie kills 10+ people. If only we really knew what we value as a society.

      Chas - 2012-05-22 19:14

      wtg Lacrimose......agreed

      dulcie.theron - 2012-05-23 08:58


  • Melanie - 2012-05-22 18:59

    I think it was vplaced in the gallery in extremely bad taste, bad timimg and very bad for our fragile democracyy! Yes, a very amusing work of art and satire, but really>>> could you not have waited until Jacob Zuma was no longer our president!??? South Africa does not need this kind of publicity of provocation!!!

      Warwick Bristow - 2012-05-22 19:07

      I agree with you. We need to find common ground - out country is fragile indeed

  • Robinson - 2012-05-22 19:05

    hahahahaha Amen...thank U 4 destroying that disgusting pic..

  • Crracker - 2012-05-22 19:06

    Dignity and so-called privacy goes out the backdoor when you enter public life. If you don't like it go back to your private world. Exposure and scrutiny come with the territory if you enter politics. Politics is a public activity. The character of the participants also become public.

  • Johann - 2012-05-22 19:07

    How stupid can the Art Gallery's management be? They should have LONG ago made a photocopy of the original, and locked the original away in a safe vault. Idiots trying to damage the painting will definitely not know the difference between a photocopy and an original artwork... I can't believe they were so short-sighted. Do people really believe they view the original Mona Lisa when they view the painting in Paris?

      lloyd.tandi - 2012-05-22 19:13

      Good idea though it's too late.

      Alfred Luis - 2012-05-22 19:23

      @jfmm,only morons think u and i'm of the view like ur whole family think like that,i knw the difference between a moron's comment and that of a person with brains and morals.

      Horst - 2012-05-22 20:54

      Even better would have been to remove the painting from display altogether to allow tempers to cool a bit. And turning into an art critic, I think the painting is crap anyway

  • tikoloshe.hogana - 2012-05-22 19:10

    lay charges against that stupid guard for assaulting the black guy. well done Prof and your friend. lets defend them by paying for their legal costs. VIVA UBUNTU away with racism

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-22 19:21

      what does ubuntu mean

      Ntshobs - 2012-05-23 01:00

      @tikoloshe,I was so angry watching that footage, this sec.gard thought he was a MABARETE(SAPS),the young man was so cool when he was bullied, lifted & thrown to the ground. this sec.gard should face the law

  • an.a.969 - 2012-05-22 19:11

    The only winner here is Art....VIVA LIFE...VIVA ART...!

  • mike.clery - 2012-05-22 19:15

    "The extent of the rage has astonished me and upset me very much," said gallery owner Liza Essers. Naivete in a gallery owner?

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-05-22 19:16

    Gives those men a bells n the White man johnnie Walker Blue king George V!

  • Twentyfivemay - 2012-05-22 19:18

    The security guard should be beat down for assaulting the black man, big up to the white prof though!

  • neels.swart.7 - 2012-05-22 19:19

    The spear of the nation five wifes maningi children viva Mr Zuma cowboys dont cry HaHaHaHaHaHa

  • Warwick Bristow - 2012-05-22 19:19

    Sweeping generalizations like you are making is part of the problem in this country. How can you state with confidence how a white mind works - if you actually got off your racial soapbox and actually spoke to some white people you would find must think this picture is distasteful and disrespectful.

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-05-22 19:25

      True Warwick,i work and interact with a lot of white folks here and they a bunch of fellas who all want to see the country go forward.

  • ziphok1 - 2012-05-22 19:21

    When I read some of the comment's it just show some people just want to see SA burning. Is this the country you want ur kids to grow up?

  • ameer.albertus.9 - 2012-05-22 19:22

    The picture has already gone viral so people can just print the picture and paste it all over, hang it in the toilet and keep the flies away

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 21:38

      No, I'll pass, thank you. I am happy with real art hanging on my wall :-) If you want to turn your house into a disgusting little pigsty, go right ahead...

  • LeKoke - 2012-05-22 19:22

    Someone seriously tell me that this Goodman Gallery people didn't see this one coming? Once the racism card is pulled in this one - its highly unlikely that it will go down that well!...lmao, bigs up to those two brave souls

  • joey.leroux2 - 2012-05-22 19:29

    I think South Africa needs to re-look at this whole debacle with different eyes.. the issue is not white or black.. it comes down to the fact that we took the president of South Africa and stripped him of his dignity, thrown his past in his face and blamed the problems of this country on one person. The correct point of view would be to realise that the Goodman Gallery was one of the first Galleries to support young upcoming black south africans during the apartheid era. David Nthubu Koloane actually exhibited at numerous galleries through South Africa in the 1970s at the height of apartheid in this country. Honestly feel that Brett Murray has staged this entire "expression of artistry" to create fame. Any painting of any political figure is going to create a stir. It boils down to dignity... and respect.

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 21:36

      The artistic thuggery and savagery of Brett Murray.

  • masiza.n.masiza - 2012-05-22 19:31

    lts such a pity to see a black man walk past an equally guilty white man, to punch a fellow black man! Shame on that security officer for his actions. He still sees a white man as his boss. He needs someone to tell him that he is living in a new South Africa where a white

  • Aikhona - 2012-05-22 19:32

    Every time I hope the ANC leadership will somehow give me a bit of hope with some semblance of logic,i get dissapointed once again. In the latest news bulletin, Jacob Zuma`s intellectually challenged twin made a startling remark: ``The people are getting dissapointed...`` I guess that exact same remark also explained there extra-ordinary interest in the painting issue: to focus attention on their many failings somewhere else. And what better way then to stir up racial enmity in a country that is already sitting on a timebomb. Suddenly it is no longer about people becoming increasing impatient about empty promises, blatant mismanagement, non-functional educational and health facilities, rampant police corruption, and cronyism and nepotism. Now suddenly it is about the white man that does not recognize the black person as a dignified entity who deserves respect and consideration. What saddens me exceedingly is that the geniuses who are leading us fail to recognise the beast they are busy prodding into life. Race is still a very sensitive issue in South Africa, and they are supposed to be the last people fanning it. So, there you have it. All this fuss was actually a deliberate tactic.

      Aikhona - 2012-05-22 20:25

      My apologies. Its supposed to read: ``The people are getting impatient.``

      Manie - 2012-05-22 20:28

      maybe it was a deliberate act, but wait, the anc is about to do something really stupid.

  • georgebrightons - 2012-05-22 19:32

    Satanic! Racist! Churches belonging to Black people were demolished by DA in the Western Cape. Murray also comes from the Western Cape , the most corrupt Province in South Africa. Zuma for third term!

  • masiza.n.masiza - 2012-05-22 19:32

    lts such a pity to see a black man walk past an equally guilty white man, to punch a fellow black man! Shame on that security officer for his actions. He still sees a white man as his boss. He needs someone to tell him that he is living in a new South Africa where a white

      kassie.qhasi - 2012-05-22 19:50

      Up until I saw the security guard's reaction to the black guy, this whole thing was a joke to me. Not so funny anymore. Disgusted...

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-22 20:22

      I think you guys analyzed/read into the arrest too much. The fact remains it is damaging of property, but I admit that I rejected the painting from the begin.(Read the 1st article. If I was not the 1st) It is degrading and not acceptable to my believes and standards.

      Zulu - 2012-05-22 22:46

      Can you belive that? that why he is still a security!

  • tiisetsoul - 2012-05-22 19:33

    the bottom line is if you respect yourself the willnever be The Spear, but if you F&*** around you give people opportunity to eplode your weaknesses and our President is such a G

      Judith - 2012-05-23 14:29

      By who's standards is he f*** around? Don't force ur beliefs on other.

  • javas.nkambule - 2012-05-22 19:35

    Great work by the calm looking prof and the astute young african male, u guys knew the legal route will take forever to resolve this matter and u decided to take the matter into your own hands...BIG UP TO YOU GUYS!!!!

      Rowan Atterbury - 2012-05-22 20:26

      Have to Say that it is commendable how long the Goodman Gallery kept the painting "hanging" for. They really did manage to protect the original for long enough. Not to worry guys...the internet will take it from here, you've done what you can. Feels a little British though, having our leaders' crown jewels on display. ANC shouldn't carry on too much, the whole Thing will swing by in no time.

      Manie - 2012-05-22 20:43

      do you really think taking matters into your own hands work eith something stupid as this? If people start doing that on a big scale, millions die. Its complete anarchy. Where anarchy reigns, lives are lost. Simple as that

  • cruywagen - 2012-05-22 19:42

    What this painting did do is uncover that the many angry, bitter, resentful South Africans of all races in this country. Each for their own reasons, some because of the past, many because of the present, but who will be left in the future? It is these emotions, across the board, that is killing our nation. Soon there will be nothing left to fight about.

  • kassie.qhasi - 2012-05-22 19:47

    Bottom line: the painting is racist and disrespectful. Funny how white people think racism is a secret that only they are in on, and when you call them out on it, they act astonished that you saw past the thinly veiled politically correct \freedom of expression\. Did the artist have a right to paint and display that? Yes! Categorically YES! But it doesn't change what it is that he really did and said with the painting and was hoping to disguise as social commentry...

  • joey.leroux2 - 2012-05-22 19:51

    it was destroyed in solidarity... black and white.. white and black... So over it..

  • paul.myers.984 - 2012-05-22 19:57

    cast you not pearls before swine for they will trample them underfoot and turn and rend you.

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  • Vuyiswa - 2012-05-22 20:08

    Lizzaaaa wheeeerrrre are you? NEVER SAY NEVER ! Your gallery might never open London will be your home GOODBYE!!!

  • Vuyiswa - 2012-05-22 20:10

    Bretttt pack your bags offff you go London is your home

      Grendah Ramjee - 2012-05-22 21:26

      well why dont u tell your president 2 learn 2 keep his organs in his pants.

  • Cuteandbronzed - 2012-05-22 20:29

    Whoever paid those people to deface that painting did it for the good of the country, he paid a white and black man, to deface the work of a white thats insults a black man. Put two and two together, this could have sparked a civil riot agianst whites by angry blacks. I take my hat off to the person behind the defacing of that painting, and they were smart enough to do it using black and white people. Black people saw this as a racist attack on a black man by a Cape townian white person, we all know how much racisim is in Cape town. The painting could have sparked riots. The person behind this desevrves a seat in the goverment Its white men like the white professor that fought for the freedom of this country its whites like Brett Murray that sat back and enjoyed thier lives as blacks where oppressed. Whites in Cape town are getting away with ''murder'' the cookies crumbling blacks are getting sick and tired. I fear the worst, for this country sooner or later somthing is going to snap and the civil movement will start. This racial tension we are all feeling on these baords and blogs, is going to spill onto the streets of this country unless whites start taking black leaders seriously Secondly, whites dont take black anger seriously, You people are forgetting how you came under sanction, and how the 1976 riots started and how far blacks in general in this country will fight. Blacks in South Africa fought died and gave up there lives to fight oppression

      Grendah Ramjee - 2012-05-22 21:24

      please dont insult black people by implying that all blacks are angry about the painting or see thE painting as racist. i'm black and frankly think JZ had it coming, Jacob Zuma cant keep his penis in his pants. Judging by the number of children he has, its obvious he walks around ready to poke any stupid woman who offers herself 2 him. lets face it thats his only claim 2 face. his not much of a president

      AikhonaZuma - 2012-05-23 08:19

      Instead of giving this a thumbs down, we should heed these words. Not because it promotes civil war, but because the current imcumbents seems hell-bent on doing exactly that. People, a civil war in this country, lead by people with the least interest or appreciation or the damage that will be caused, will not be doing anyone any favours. Black, White, Coloured, Indian, and every one else.

      IcemanGP - 2012-05-23 08:40

      This is in response where you said and I quote, "Its white men like the white professor that fought for the freedom of this country its whites like Brett Murray that sat back and enjoyed thier lives as blacks where oppressed." ..... "Brett Murry - He won four awards and four scholarships, and actively engaged in anti-apartheid student politics and the battle against conscription into the army. Murray’s first major show was in 1989 at The Market theatre’s gallery. He made sculptures of buffoon-like Afrikaners and soldiers, depicting the state president as an archetypal Boer leader with a target on his hat, slumped forward after being struck by a missile. The show raised the ire of a right-wing group, which threatened to disrupt it." ...... Do some research before spilling your hateful drivel trash!

  • Koos - 2012-05-22 21:11

    @ Agence France Press. The article is unfortunately not complete because it does not include how many other people felt about the painting. U should have added that it caused division. U only included the anger of the ANC and the response from the gallery. Complete the picture! No pun intended ;-)

  • Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-22 21:19

    the key word is respect. we need to respect each other's cultures. we need to respect fellow human beings. back or white!

      Zulu - 2012-05-22 22:22

      I do agree with you. I don’t understand some people’s way of thinking. They want to impose to Zuma their way of doing things. In Zulu culture polygamy it’ is allowed! White peoples should understand that and respect it as they respect Mussulmen! There is nothing wrong to married many wives if you can afford them. Why can’t guys be sensitive or respectful with other people’s values? Look at the comments how many blacks are against the displaying of an adult genital in public? We used to slaughter cows, chickens and other animals until you guys start crying “Animal right “we respected you and we do these things in hiding places. Why can’t you also understand other peoples?

      Ntshobs - 2012-05-23 00:57

      @zenzile, I couldn't agree with you more, no body should ask permission to practise his/her own culture & no culture is more important/superior than the other rather different

  • jackmoz - 2012-05-22 21:44

    And this will still be going on for some time to come.......we haven't heard the last of this. "They" are going to use this to make a power point..... Mark my words and watch this space.

  • francesco.nassimbeni - 2012-05-22 22:36

    @ Ttshabalala - your comment, ' its fascinating how the white mind works' is deeply racist. have you considered this? If I said something like ' its fascinating how the black mind works', i would be reprimanded.

  • Bheki - 2012-05-22 22:53

    News24, report fairly, the rage was also from the public not only the Govt and ANC. Ms Liz Essers you thought you were living in Wonderland....brass yourself for more. Idiot