Gallery to remove The Spear from website

2012-05-30 10:56

Johannesburg - The settlement between the ANC and the Goodman Gallery did not include an agreement on removing the picture from the gallery's website, but the gallery director said the image would be taken down from the website at some point.

Goodman Gallery director Liza Essers was speaking at a joint media briefing between the ANC and the Goodman Gallery, announcing a settlement agreement on the controversial artwork which depicts President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

Essers said the painting would not be displayed in the gallery because it had been defaced.

The settlement agreement with the ANC did not include an agreement on removing the picture from the Goodman Gallery's website.

However, she said the image would be taken down from the website at some point.

Now that a settlement had been reached, the court action in the South Gauteng High Court was no longer necessary, said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

"Indeed, we are no longer taking the Goodman Gallery to court. We are no longer taking City Press to court."

"There is no need for us to continue taking City Press to court, or the Goodman Gallery to court. It would not make sense," said Mthembu.

The ANC went to court to get the painting removed from the gallery, and also took the City Press to court because it had published a picture of the painting on its website.

Meanwhile, the Film and Publications Board was expected to decide by the end of the week on whether the painting should be classified.

  • Andre - 2012-05-30 11:01

    was it not the anc that legalised porn

      Henri - 2012-05-30 11:15

      they will take the painting down sometime....... ha ha ha now thats vistory for you ANC, do they even know when sometime is ??? keep the painting up for atleast till the end of the year !!!!!! but stop the news reporting its boring

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 11:34

      African time!

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-05-30 11:54

      1. Andre, I think you smoked POT. You're statement is out of context. 2. I am sad that the painting is going to be removed, because our freedom of expression is being violated. 3. So many women patronized the gallery to see Zuma BALLS, now they can't any longer.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-30 11:56

      The cANCer are the dummist people I ever seen. There is no way to remove this from all over the world from the internet. The damage been done. The cANCer can only devide, and not unite!!!

      hayden.cajee - 2012-05-30 12:20

      @Andre, and Zuma's the african Ron Jeremy!!

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-30 12:28

      Zoolie, believe me, they will remove it soon enough. They have experienced the wrath of the ANC and they will not put themselves in that position again. City Press and the Goodman gallery now know what you don't and they will NOT ever again try those tactics.

      procold2 - 2012-05-30 12:30


  • Franklyn - 2012-05-30 11:04

    ok,if news24 publishes anything more about the "spear"....we WILL march !

      rbphiri - 2012-05-30 11:18

      Look as much as this story may seem redundant or monotonous, but it is the media's duty to inform the public as to what is happening with this running story. Thus the story will hammer the message into one's cranium cavity as to how the ruling party is dragging and prolonging a pointless story. Yes none of us want to be portrayed naked like we in the garden of Eden, but our actions and behaviour shapes the image or creates a portrait - excuse the pun, of how people view us. So the president has himself to blame and not the artist. If someone behaves like an ass, they can not expect to be portrayed as a stallion.

      amanda.ntshwanti - 2012-05-30 11:26

      Hahahha Frank you are funny.

      Franklyn - 2012-05-30 13:09

      @RPhiri...lighten up,i thought that the sarcasm was actually quite relevant in the whole sagas context,might have been a post from our emasculated main man himself !

  • Phumza - 2012-05-30 11:04

    huhhh finally sesifile e-Spear of the Nation.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-30 11:07

    If the settlement did not include taking the painting off the website, what other "settlement" could it have been??

      Al - 2012-05-30 11:23

      They went to court to as stated in the report "The ANC went to court to have the painting removed from the Gallery" gallery has already removed the painting as it had been defaced. Thus settlement reached. My opinion is that they state settlement reached to try to save face and state they actually did something.

      ttshabalala - 2012-05-30 12:32

      Nicholas, you certainly would not want to get the details of the other "settlement". One day if you ever get to step on the ANC toes, you will discover what the other "settlement" is. You don't wanna go there!

      Nicholas - 2012-05-30 12:50

      You're probably right Thandi ..

  • rbphiri - 2012-05-30 11:07

    The hidden untone of the story is not about the picture, but how our government focus so much resources and taxpayers' money for an issue/dispute which could have been easily resolved outside the courts. But the irony is how they fail to focus such resources and efforts on improving the country's issues of poverty, poor education systems, potholes and other plaguing issues that society is faced with.

  • Peter - 2012-05-30 11:09

    Bunch of woosies,

  • Johann - 2012-05-30 11:10

    how can you order a copy?this painting is famous.

  • JayJohnsonS - 2012-05-30 11:11

    Running out of News?? #SMH....

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-05-30 11:11

    Yay it's over. Now can we all march to the Etoll gantries and tear those down too please.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-05-30 11:13

      At least that's one thing we're all united in, unlike this painting.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-30 11:42

      We need Murray to draw some balls on these Etoll, maybe than the government will take initiative to also bring them down.

  • temudau - 2012-05-30 11:12

    Mr. Murry must be sad 4 da outcome ey

      arthur.hugh - 2012-05-30 11:13

      He doesn't care, he's made a name for himself and will make a fortune.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 11:26

      He must take it to overseas. This goes to show how much we do not appreciate our artists.

      rbphiri - 2012-05-30 11:43

      With his current new bank balance, i think his far from sad, if you get the PICTURE - excuse the pun...but art brings out the satire in me :-)

  • Shaka - 2012-05-30 11:12

    Hey News24 - this is a false headline. It sounds as if the ANC achieved their goal of having it removed immediately. They did not. You can do better than this. Its like stating, "News24 has decided to stop reporting on the Spear snafu". Indeed one day you will, but not just yet.

  • Freedom - 2012-05-30 11:14

    Everyone please give the ANC a round of applause they have shown that they are a bunch of bullies. Probably asked for a cash settlement as well to pay the protestors and for Zuma's wedding. funny how the fat stay fat, and the ground workers clean up the crumbs

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-30 11:18

    Far too late. The whole world's got a copy.

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 11:45

      I even got a new and improved copy on my FB. Click my name and you will see what I mean!

      tjohnsonuk - 2012-05-30 16:27

      Such a laugh all this .. this is known as the Streisand effect .. if they'd never said anything or reacted hardly anyone would have known about the Spear painting. (Search wikipedia for details on the Streisand effect if you've not heard about it before)

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-05-30 11:20

    and the other sites? Twitter/FB/Youtube is full of the image, pointless taking it down on two sites. The ANC think they have won, in fact they have lost.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-05-30 11:25

      Yup. Total waste of time, money and effort.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-30 11:22

    It made no sense from the outset. So you've had your week of grandstanding and fear-mongering and of course money-squandering. Now please get back to work

  • Luviwe - 2012-05-30 11:24

    Lost respect for this gallery, pathetic cowards.

  • Loo - 2012-05-30 11:25

    AGGGG burn it for all I care ... the image is in the electronic media forever. the rest is just symbolical and powerplay. The message the spear portrayed are there forever and rightly so. The artist did a artistic portrait of his perception of a person,, AND that dear friends cant be erased.

  • Andricca - 2012-05-30 11:26

    Court or not, I will keep last Sunday city press copy and Zuma "spear" downloaded image in my archives for as long as live. Zuma must go!

  • Oom - 2012-05-30 11:28

    I want Ju Ju back...Im sick of the painting..

      rbphiri - 2012-05-30 11:37

      Verskoon my Oompie maar kan jy dit asseblief herhaal? Juju is more terrible than his fashion sense of wearing colours synonymous to that of barney the dinosaur! Hell he looked like a prehistoric politician in maritius and ironically his now extincted. But to be fear Julius made sense in the letter he wrote to City Press regarding freedom of expression.

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-05-30 11:28

    This Film n Publication Board is a limping board, they should just forget about their long overdue classification...they will postpone it till 2019, we are sick of it.

      Loo - 2012-05-30 11:48

      Worst thing is .. they admitted they don't have any mandate to rule on it ... WHY .. really now .. WHY even carry on with it. Its such a useless little "state controlled" body.

      Franklyn - 2012-05-30 13:12

      Where is the old censureship board ? those NGKerk dominees never missed a nipple !

  • brand0nbradley - 2012-05-30 11:31

    I think the meeting went something like this:

      Christopher - 2012-05-30 11:46


      Riddick - 2012-05-30 11:55

      Bwhahahhahahhaha. WTH????

  • Bongeka - 2012-05-30 11:42

    Thanks God it's over.The article about the "The Spear" showed the whole world how racially devided South Africa is.Yes we can say that we're physically free but we're still mentally stucked in the past and divided as ever.One can't let go of the past and the other just can't stop rubbing salt on those wounds from the past. Telling me that I was nothing before your great grand fathers came to South African shores and me telling you that you're a Europian or Asian in Africa and you don't belong here, doesn't make anyone of us better than the other.South Africa is for all who live in it.And our great grand parents all worked through making what South Africa is today.If you're building something you need builders,engineers,managers and everybody that can help.We all have different expertise.So if your great grand parents were engineers and mine labourers then that means they all had different expertise they applied in buiding the country. Please grow up South Africa and see all other South Africans as your brothers and sisters.Superiority,supremacy and retaliation will never get us anywhere.Bassically that's what we've been doing all along and we still continue doing it.Can't we see that nobody is winning this battle? Those who have ears will hear my message.Those who have eyes will see the picture I'm trying to get through and those who have guts will act on it and make South Africa proud and a best place to live in. GOOD LUCK SOUTH AFRICA.lOVE YOU ALL.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 11:51

      Firstly I want to personally thank you Bongeka for bringing something new today other than the racist vitriol we subject ourselves in this forum. The problem as I see it is that every race want to be superior to one another, of which that is wrong. Let everyone be judged according to one's character without trading racial insults here.

      Loo - 2012-05-30 11:51

      Wise wise words my friend . .we need more of this. Screw politics and politicians, as long as we all try and find common ground ,, Im happy to do my part.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 12:21

      Problem in RSA is that many condone the past and continue to disparage our struggle. Love ones lost for Democracy will never return however the Detractors that continue to be-little Blacks are the biggest issue moving forward in RSA.

      willybegood - 2012-05-30 12:42

      Tamarnui... still waiting on your take on Ayanda Mabulu v the Murray painting... and why the ANC not addressing that artwork... troll!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-30 12:53

      Quite so, Bongeka. If only more South Africans, and particularly our government, shared your attitude.

      amelia.basson - 2012-05-30 14:05

      I agree! We'll have to learn to stand together as South Africans or perish together like the Zimbabweans. South Africa's democracy is in SERIOUS danger! We have the POWER TO VOTE for educated and moral leaders. Accountable, mature leaders who will use our tax money to the betterment of ALL South Africans.

  • WhitePrivilege - 2012-05-30 11:47

    The ANC needs to: It’s kind of like an inter-generational poker game where the white guy in the 1600's till the white guy in 1990 was cheating, killing and stealing all the chips from the players of colour. When one white guy died, he handed over the chips to the next white guy (his son) and this is how stolen wealth gets passed on. Now in 1994, it's not good enough to say: "We'll stop cheating, be happy and stop complaining!" No no, you have to give the stolen chips back because that's how justice happens

      Phae - 2012-05-30 12:04

      Why start at 1600 with the whites, why not start earlier with human migrations which can be traced throughout history on every continent? Very silly analogy, come up with a better solution than this recipe for bloody conflict, or is that your aim?

      Nigel - 2012-05-30 12:15

      Any idiot can cook up a load of rubbish and believe in that if they want. Fortunately most people have brains, and they can read, and so we know and understand the real course of events. One thing about history - you can twist it, lie about it, mould it into whatever you would like to believe, but you cannot ever change it. The facts will always prevail, and you simply do not know the facts. You simply speak the racist rhetoric of the rebel. Same old tired rubbish.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 12:22

      Correct Privileged one,

  • Zeblon - 2012-05-30 11:54

    I dn't blme dis 2 parties, gudman gallery

  • bradktm - 2012-05-30 12:00

    Can you imagine what a great country this would be, if all the ANC supporters addressed corruption, crime, poverty, unemployment etc with as much aggression, vigour, emotion, enthuisiasm, pride, and passion as they have shown with this bloody painting. Just makes me wonder where their priorities lie - what a shame

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 12:23

      What a shame , Fools like Murray continue to derail our progress...

  • Nectarios - 2012-05-30 12:05

    I think the artist should get a medal. Now all the artist needs to do is write down the DEmands of "the people" of what we expect to be done in this country. once all demands have been met, Crime brought down, the death penalty back, a stable a great government whether ANC or not to be able to run this country they way it should etc, THEN Decide to take the Pic down, Know what I mean??? - LOL

  • Russell - 2012-05-30 12:08

    and how many people have copied and pasted the picture I wonder?

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-30 12:24

      Many sickos' out there......

  • willybegood - 2012-05-30 12:10

    Indeed, we are no longer taking the Goodman Gallery to court. We are no longer taking City Press to court."There is no need for us to continue taking City Press to court, or the Goodman Gallery to court. It would not make sense," said Mthembu Notwithstanding the fact that you would have received an asswipping of note in court... A purely political move to garner support for their candidate Jacob "Shagga" Zuma ahead of Mangaung 2012. Because if this was really an issue... next in their sights should be, the Cape Times, World Art Gallery and the artist Ayanda Mabulu.

  • gideon.keyser - 2012-05-30 12:22

    come on, post something interesting please. no one wants to hear about the damn anc moaning about a painting anymore

  • rankati - 2012-05-30 12:46

    That's much party would endup crying in court instead of arguing their point anyway..

  • Sello Jacky Majadibodu - 2012-05-30 12:51

    well said sir!

  • jamesedmundbird - 2012-05-30 13:04

    Smart move to settle by the Gallery, it means future artists can portray contraversial artwork without having it removed straight away due to a precedent being set by the court on this case. ANC should have kept at it, because there are gonna be many more paintings where that came from.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-30 13:05

    meanwhile the limpopo taxi driver who defaced the portrait has been hired as the premier's driver starting 1st of June. Enjoy sheer driving pleasure Mr Mabokela

  • jamesedmundbird - 2012-05-30 13:06

    Smart move to settle by the Gallery, it means future artists can portray contraversial artwork without having it removed straight away due to a precedent being set by the court on this case. The damage has been done and whether they remove it or not, everyone will remember. ANC should have kept at it, because there are gonna be many more paintings where that came from.

  • Afreeperson - 2012-05-30 13:07

    This is a pity - the court cases being dropped, the government would have lost on both cases and a precedent for freedom of expression would have been set.

      Afreeperson - 2012-05-30 13:08

      sorry, the ANC - honest mistake

  • jamesedmundbird - 2012-05-30 13:08

    Smart move to settle by the Gallery, it means future artists can portray contraversial artwork without having it removed straight away due to no precedent being set by the court on this case. The dmaage has been done, and whether they remove it or not, everyone will remember. ANC should have kept at it, because there are gonna be many more paintings where that came from.

  • Oom - 2012-05-30 13:12

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-30 16:21

    The anc should rather remove criminals from our streets then remove themselves,stop chasing little goals you going to lose the game.

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