Mantashe calls for march on art gallery

2012-05-24 18:59

Johannesburg - ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe asked the crowd outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, protesting against a painting of the president, to march on the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank next Tuesday.

Hundreds of people were at the court to watch, on big screens, proceedings of an application by the ANC to have a painting depicting the genitals of President Jacob Zuma removed from the gallery.

The work called <em>The Spear</em> by Brett Murray has outraged many South Africans, who feel it violates the president's personal dignity and is disrespectful to his office.

"African culture is not inferior," Mantashe told the crowd, "We must protect African-ness."

He echoed SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande's call to boycott City Press, the newspaper that broke the story of the painting and then posted it on its website, citing "freedom of expression".

Earlier, in response to calls for a boycott, City Press editor-in-chief Ferial Haffajee said: "As an editor one tries one's best to be first with the news and to maximise your newspaper's impact. No one wants a boycott."

Jackson Mthembu, the ANC's national spokesperson, said the guard who stopped vandals from destroying the picture was "a fool". On advocate Gcina Malindi, who broke down in court on Thursday, Mthembu said: "Our lawyers are also simple people. Our lawyers also become overcome by this nonsense."

ANC Gauteng provincial secretary David Makhura said he would defend anyone who was insulted in the name of art.

Duduzile Zuma thanked the crowd for supporting his father.

Umkhonto we Sizwe national chairperson Kenny Mapatswe said the ANC's military wing would come to court "again and again to defend dignity".

He said a review of the constitution must be looked into. "In other countries it [the painting] would never happen."

  • Ro - 2012-05-24 19:16

    ANC you are creating a very dangerous precedent. Based on what you want - defacing your 'symbols' is OK just cause an individual thinks its OK. You are dumb dumber

      George - 2012-05-24 20:42

      Mantashe should consider a march to the nearest Primary School where he can ask the principal to give him and his colleagues some sorely lacking education. But of course you can take a horse to the trough but....

      TSR01 - 2012-05-25 13:38

      Incitement to violence.

  • Mantsho - 2012-05-24 19:32

    They are busy with the paiting, people are protesting for service delivery. whats wrong with this people.

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-24 19:33

    Kenny Mapetswe is entirely incorrect. Politicians are ridiculed all over the World. The only Countries where it is not allowed are dictatorships, or under Sharia Law. Is that we want for our Country? I don't think so.

  • Jack - 2012-05-24 19:37

    Duduzile Zuma thanked the crowd for supporting his father. Dude, have you done a DNA test?

  • allan.whitton1 - 2012-05-24 19:50

    If any damage is done at this protest I can presume the SAPS will arrest Mantashe for incitement as he made the call for the march. Can someone tell them that the painting is no longer on display, and tell the Judges that they cannot tell media in other countries what they can and cannot show, so if they want to show an advocate crying then they can

  • bernpm - 2012-05-24 19:59

    The ANC worries sincerely about the "organ of the state", others might worry about the "state of the organ". When is this farce coming to an end?? Let's march to yet another object related to our hatred, a few stones through a few windows will make you feel better! Going to work and be productive could assist in creating the jobs for others, but that feels to much like hard work. The judge should have thrown the case out of court on the issue that (1) the painting had been "corrected" and the original does no exist any longer (2) and the corrected image had already been removed. All National Comedians in full flight!

  • onke.tshaka - 2012-05-24 20:36

    guys, can we not be racist about this and just admit the fact that this painting is in bad does violate Zuma's rights as a human being and yes he has messed up the country...but that doesn't make this painiting justifiable.

  • mcebisi.nkaletse - 2012-05-24 20:42

    Zuma deserve it! We want Jeff Radebe to be our president. Let that dictator go, we're getting enough of his luxury life. To hell with Zuma!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-26 02:18

      Sadly, we will be paying for him and his concubines and children till Kingdom comes. The President gets a pension for life, commensurate with inflation. Whose the Clever Dick?

  • Joe - 2012-05-24 20:49

    Electioneering. Nothing more. Gwede has seen the opportunity to unite the doubtful and he is going to milk this as much as he can.

  • Bryan - 2012-05-24 21:15

    Yet another mindless statement from the ANC. Instead of laughing this off they advocate more senseless marching which invariably will lead to more violence and anarchy and force they SAP to redeploy instead of being better deployed combating crime. And all because of a stupid painting that has already been destroyed. In this frikken country we march for ANYTHING we don't agree with. Service delivery,pay increases,E=tolls,price increases and cost of living and now a pathetic painting. The ANC has some SERIOUS growing up to do. They are the destroying this country and everyone in it.

  • Ron - 2012-05-24 21:18

    Dear Incomparable and Ever Most Loyal ANC Comrade Mantashe, of "counter-revolutionary judges" fame, is poor him so terribly hung up "black culture". Perhaps, he could indulge us by telling us : Why does he talk about "culture", and why not about "civilization" ? After all, there is also "bacterial culture", "viral culture", "criminal culture", "parasite culture", and so on ... And clearly, there is no "bacterial civilization", "viral civilization", "criminal civilization", "parasite civilization", or any of the kind ... Does Dear Comrade Mantashe happen to find "civilization" to high for him to consider ?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-24 21:30

    We will trash the streets ! We will throw rocks at those who oppose us ! We will urinate and defecate on the pavements ! We will destroy the images we do not like ! We will strike fear into the hearts of our fellow South Africans ! Onward ! Forward ! March ! March to uphold dignity, democracy, freedom and respect! Are Sole. ( My respectful submission )

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-24 21:56

    Anc you are making a big mistake with this march....I see trouble coming.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-25 12:56

      I see a lot of taser guns flying off the shelves a day before the march

  • neilza - 2012-05-24 22:03

    Way to go ANC. U really enjoying drawing attention to this painting. Everyone who hasnt seen it will make sure they have a look to see what all the fuss is about

  • Nicolaas - 2012-05-24 22:26

    @mtehembu, finaly you see the light, "our laywers are also simple people" Tell you what, if I were the ACANCER laywers and you call me simple, i will slap you with a lawsuit for defamation of my dignity. How can you call us simple when we try to defend "our prez" simple case?

  • Ntweni - 2012-05-24 23:35


  • Ernest - 2012-05-25 05:52

    hai mantashe go to hell

  • Ernest - 2012-05-25 06:12

    Mantashe u shoud go to your nearest grave and die

  • Bob - 2012-05-25 12:46

    Isn’t it amazing how this one silly painting has made us ALL show our true colours..? Read thru the comments on this page and others and you will notice that even the people with whom you agree, have become arrogant and stupid. Not just those with whom you don’t agree. It’s been a real test which I fear we have all failed...

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-26 02:32

      I fail. I admit it. I was tired 7 years ago, and I am still tired. Anyone holding a B5 injection contaminated with anti-depressants? Even mental institutions have become death-traps. Never put your granny in an institution. There are subtle and horrible ways to make your mother pay for 'our' sins.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-25 12:52

    I am all for peaceful protests and boycotts , and I hope this Mantashe march is not meant to intimidate the Goodman gallery

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-05-26 02:33

      Read his words over the last days, Mgayi. It is.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-25 12:58

    The only crowd they will have there is a rented one. ANC supporters in the majority are becoming sick of this useless grandstanding by the ANC-elite. The whispers travel loud, throughout the land.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-25 13:02

    and now news from SA Minister of higher education Blade Nzimande urged people to STOP READING

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