Marchers arrive at gallery

2012-05-29 12:41

Johannesburg - Marchers arrived at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg at about noon on Tuesday to protest against The Spear painting, which depicts President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

ANC representatives were preparing to hand over a memorandum demanding that the artwork no longer be included in an exhibition.

Riot police with shields and Johannesburg metro police on horseback kept protesters several metres away from the building.

ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the protesters were there to defend the dignity of the ANC.

"Even workers demand the right of human dignity for Jacob Zuma," he said.

Heavy police contingent

The crowd, which stretched over three blocks, was slow to move as busloads of protesters continued to arrive at Zoo Lake well after 10:00, its planned start time.

A heavy police contingent kept close watch, with helicopters hovering over marchers and policemen blocking off side streets into the plush northern suburbs.

Municipal workers dressed in orange overalls joined the mass protest which started to move at about 11:45, nearly two hours later than its scheduled start time.

Jan Smuts Avenue, one of Johannesburg's busiest routes linking the Johannesburg city centre with the northern suburbs, was closed between Zoo Lake and Bolton Road in Rosebank.

Buses, including some with registrations from Limpopo and Mpumalanga, lined the route.

The march was to protest the exhibition of the painting by artist Brett Murray showing Zuma's genitals.

Protesters come from far

A member of the public, Sipho Mweli, said he came from Mpumalanga to join the protest and to support Zuma.

Around his neck he had hung a cardboard placard on which he had written, "Draw your white father naked not our president."

He said the statement was aimed at artist Brett Murray and he challenged him to draw a white man in the manner he had drawn Zuma.

Elijah Tauraza, also from Mpumalanga, said the painting was intended to belittle Zuma.

"How do you portray the president exposed when you have not seen him that way, even when he grew up?" he said.

The painting by Murray needed to be destroyed, he said.

"Keeping it in any form was an insult to Zuma and South Africans," he said.

Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary-general, was also part of the protest.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-29 12:46

    "Even workers demand the right of human dignity for Jacob Zuma," he said Now what exactly does this mean? Odd workers do not demand any rights? Workers normally don't know about dignity, but in this case, even they do?

      Thembi - 2012-05-29 12:50


      Christopher - 2012-05-29 12:52

      Right now these politicians on tv are enciting violence, Saying that we make the inferior etc..Where the hell does this painting say that?

      Squeegee - 2012-05-29 12:52

      Usual thing - one week late.

      jacobus.hendrikse - 2012-05-29 12:55

      They DEMAND RESPECT. Nobody told them respect is not on tap, it is earned. Primitive thinking, at least 200 years behind.

      Tuco - 2012-05-29 12:57

      I'm begining to suspect Zuma's campaign thugs are behind this painting.I mean WTF!! this is no longer about a painting but a second term at raping our country. I'm telling you Zuma is not done with us yet. He needs to feed his bloated family and he's not done by a good mile.

      procold2 - 2012-05-29 13:10

      better news here, posted 7 mins back on like page four,

      Loo - 2012-05-29 13:18

      Links regs links regs kyk hoe mak .. al die eendjies march vir k..aaak

      Piet - 2012-05-29 13:22

      The ANC knows that they are loosing support... They are desperately trying to unite the ANC members again. This whole protest is not about a painting. BUT this will not help. You will still loose come 2014!

      Schmee - 2012-05-29 13:22

      Thanks Procold that is good news. At least in the Cape the police are still able to do their proper jobs and not look after people who want to march.

      Fussed - 2012-05-29 13:29

      Its a sad day when the presedent of a country stages his own protest march for his own benefit

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-29 13:39

      @Fussed- you are so right and its above all a clear sign of a dictatorship entrenching itself

      Walter - 2012-05-29 15:26

      We have 35% unemployment (or so), many government agencies are broke, the water system is under threat, SANRAL has huge debts, most water treatment plants are useless, the complete infrastructure is in dire need of upgrading and the ANC masses think a painting (that does look more like Vavi than the President!) is a major problem?

      Pj - 2012-05-29 16:57

      Did they all got a free copy ?

  • Herman - 2012-05-29 12:47

    Next report: Crowd goes chaotic, burns tyres, breaks windows and robs innocent bystanders.....

      John - 2012-05-29 12:56

      or the "anc highly condems the violence and destuctoiion outside the goodman gallery, the march was peaceful but some racist police officer opened fire with tear gas on the quite crowd that were dancing singing kill the boer and threatening other shop in the area and that they were in their full right to march, sing and dance as there was permission from the high court, a investigation will be carried out and if there where any criminal elements or a third force involved, they will be identified and dealt with the full might of the law" bwahahaha heard it all before.

      Omrisho - 2012-05-29 13:18

      yeah pro... the "da moles" lol

  • Loo - 2012-05-29 12:48

    LUNCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... hamburger for every window you break ???

  • Francois - 2012-05-29 12:48

    I wonder how many of these poor people actually know what they are there for. Most probably just got shoved in a bus, given a T-shirt, poster and free meal and instructed to Toi-toi...

      Diana - 2012-05-29 12:57

      For the same reason i wonder why our security guy didnt abandon his place and carries on with his duties instead of running to join the march? Why a team of plumbers working at our estate are still here and doing what they suppose to do while the whole nation suffers such an immense insult? Maybe these men have got much more common sense than any of so called protesters?

      Jackie - 2012-05-29 13:03

      Your comment makes you a very clever person you know that mos

      Denis - 2012-05-29 13:06

      While they are busy marching, JZ is busy sipping whiskey in his presidential phallus....sorry, meant palace.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-29 13:18

      Francois contrary to what apartheid ideology impressed on you, adult black people are actually adults,shame on your white supremacist upbringing.

      Schmee - 2012-05-29 13:25

      Oh HugoMabasa it's a shame that you have been indoctrinated so much when Mandela wanted peace.

      Diana - 2012-05-29 13:29

      @Schmee : when there's nothing reasonable to confront you with they always come out with a racial card and a Spear story just proves it once again.

      Nigel - 2012-05-29 13:54

      HugoMabasa with his assault rifle, the icon of African Democracy. Obviously a reasonable and peace loving man who just wants the best for all South Africans.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-05-29 12:50


      Herman - 2012-05-29 13:04

      A-maand-lank gaan ons strike!

      Nigel - 2012-05-29 13:14

      Bayete DA...Bayete

      Hugh - 2012-05-29 13:35


      Other - 2012-05-29 14:37

      Merry XMAS!!

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-05-29 12:51

    HAi yayaya! what a waste of time. the picture has been removed already from both the gallery and the City Press newpaper tehn what is the ANC still marching for?

      Luviwe - 2012-05-29 13:13

      This is about campigning for Mangaung

      Oom - 2012-05-29 13:16

      what is the ANC still marching for? For power, votes,.. not about the stupid painting anymore, this one they will drag the guts out of, till it's done it's job, which is to make the ANC look good to stupid poor people...SHAME..!

  • Loo - 2012-05-29 12:52

    YET .. not even a word about Ayanda Mbulu's internationally famed portrait that insults Mandela, Zuma ,Tutu , Obama and others with penises all over the show.. So we defend Zuma's "pride" .. What about Madiba's pride ,, isnt he THE REAL respected leader of us all.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-29 13:14

      They can't accuse him/her of racism. Which is what the ANC thrives on.

      Oom - 2012-05-29 13:17

      Now you’re getting

      Schmee - 2012-05-29 13:27

      Oh apparently that one is okay because it had white and black people in the painting. *Shakes head in dismay at logic*

      Barker - 2012-05-29 16:16 Do you mean this one?

  • Allan - 2012-05-29 12:52

    Removed from gallery - Done Removed from Internet, Facebook, Twitter etc - eish where do we march to now?

      eil33nn - 2012-05-29 12:59

      Thats what i don't get, the painting is defaced, and has since been removed from the gallery. What is the point of this? To giva a memorandum demanding they remove the painting. Wasted time and effort.

      Johan - 2012-05-29 13:06

      Me don't know him Internet.

      Piet - 2012-05-29 13:13

      I now have that great painting as my desktop background for all to see!

      Deon - 2012-05-29 13:20

      Show them the road to the New York stock exchange, it is just past Pretoria.

      Diana - 2012-05-29 13:41

      Allan it makes me rolling under my comp desk. About 2 weeks ago i sent a link to my brother overseas with a short description "Meet his excellency the spear!" As long as i know he just loved it and forwarded to all his friends. So what now are they going to prosecure a foreign citizen and start an international scandal?

      Diana - 2012-05-29 13:46

      @myself oops i mean "prosecute", that's my bloody wrong typing when i am getting cross.

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-05-29 19:50

      It isn't removed from the Internet. AND more sordid remakes are busy surfacing on a daily basis!! He has become the laughing stock not just of SA but of the whole world!!

  • Abrham - 2012-05-29 12:53

    as a hundred year old organisation one can see senility is taking its toll. shame, on the anc to abuse their loyal sheep who get butchered to satisfy the needs of a despot.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-29 13:21

      same can be said of those who supported apartheid,their leaders own property overseas while they have to deal with bee,muppets

      Nigel - 2012-05-29 13:54

      HugoMabasa with his assault rifle, the icon of African Democracy. Obviously a reasonable and peace loving man who just wants the best for all South Africans.

      Other - 2012-05-29 14:41

      Yes Hugo, and just like apartheid, if the cANCer does not catch a big wakeup, they will go the same way......

  • Diana - 2012-05-29 12:53

    I just have heard on a livestream that the Spear belongs to he museum of shame. Why not to establish one and supply it with some picturesque shots from censobug report amongst its items? At least it will be the place where the one can experss himself without being accused of racism and after all if ANC itslef is not a shame to the country?

  • ppisciotta - 2012-05-29 12:54

    SA is indeed the most pitiful excuse of democracy in the world. The middle-east and China should use SA as a poster child for failure.

  • Deon - 2012-05-29 12:55

    Last time we checked it was allready removed after it was damaged. It is like protesting to free Mandela from jail. They are both gone.

      Tintsoalo KayoWachris Baloyi - 2012-05-29 13:11

      hahahha! good point!!

  • Kyle - 2012-05-29 12:56

    Mr Sipho Mweli needs to learn how to interpret and contextualize before he makes sweeping ignorant statements! Lets channel our efforts into the province that has no books for its students so that they can learn how to interpret and contextualize things. Lets not waste our time again in the future!

      Luviwe - 2012-05-29 13:17

      I wish that can be tackled with this kind of vigour as well, except WC.

  • Hugh - 2012-05-29 12:57

    listening to the speeches of these sods, its quite clear that democracy only applies to blacks. The racial incitement and hatred being spewed buy these bigots is quite alarming. There's no tolerance for people who dont support the ANC. We lets make this official, I hate the ANC, its members and supporters, black and white. As I have two black god children, whom I love to bits and live with me, makes my disdain and disrespect for the cANCer being propagated by these racist roaches hell bent on destroying the country even more intense.

  • EMPEROR.NKOSI - 2012-05-29 12:58

    Has anyone noticed the trend on how the present ANC-lead government diverts attention from its administration malpractice, by amplifying \pity\ issues (no disregard to Mr. Zuma's grievances) when it should be focusing on addressing the vital ones such as poverty eradication! I've yet to see resources (of this magnitude) get deployed into anything other than personal vendettas. Our priorities are not insync with the fundamentals of democracy. We a society of DOUBLE STANDARDS!

      Piet - 2012-05-29 13:16

      Well spotted. It is all smoke and mirrors, get everyone worked up about a useless issue then plunder and steal in the background. Same with name changes!

  • ppisciotta - 2012-05-29 12:58

    I bet every man reading this is envious of so much attention to a penis.

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-29 13:23

      wrong,dont bet

      Schmee - 2012-05-29 13:32


      silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-05-29 19:57

      But ppisciotta, that is where a man's brain is ;-)

  • Carlton - 2012-05-29 12:59

    SA where the dumb get dumber, go to work.

      Tommy - 2012-05-29 13:09

      Highly doubt you can get any dumber than this - even the ameba outsmarts these guys. So, the future looks bright, it can only....wait, my mistake.

  • Joseph - 2012-05-29 13:00

    The anc blowing this out of proportion should rather focus on service delivery

  • riaan.coetzee1 - 2012-05-29 13:00

    Dignity??? I am surprised the ANC can even spell the word dignity. They stand for corruption and nepotism at the highest levels - how can THAT be dignified in any language? I think I need to throw up now.

  • Wikus - 2012-05-29 13:02

    Will do anything not to work, idiots.

      Vaughan - 2012-05-29 13:13

      Considering they are a rent a crowd, this is their work. If I was sitting at home doing nothing and a bus arived with the promise of a day out, some free food and possibly some excitement, I would also go join in...

  • siliziwem - 2012-05-29 13:02

    how many were naked?

  • Provence - 2012-05-29 13:03

    Hi commrads, come all the way down town to see uncle Jacob's jingle bells, ja so you are also nuuskurige outjies. Just cut of the unwanted bits and let him sing higher praises of your good works man. Anyway like I said before, I have work to do and will go back to my desk. You unfortunately, still don't have work even though uncle Jacob promised you lots and lots of work, sorry for you ne, maybe vote for another nasty politician next time round. Listen, enjoy your day down town, JHB is a lekker place man, yes, after all its the capital you know. Of cause yes, Diepkloof is not the capital even though the shebeens are 24hrs open. Please when you get the free bus ride home to Polokwane and Mvumbamambane, leave the cars alone. Don't take anything that is not your s even though uncle Jacob said, the country is yours. And listen my China's put the sun block on even though it's a white mans mootie. It will not turn the rubber bullets and tear gas into water. Have a joll and gooi a dop somer vir uncle Jacob's painting. Chill out guys, it's ok it's only a painting, what the hell go ahead and steal it if you want.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-05-29 13:05

    What a naïve thought to assume that the demonstrators are illiterate and don’t know what they are marching against. Please stop with the apartheid black stereotype whereby most blacks were not allowed access to school. These people know what they are marching against, even a lab rat will know this. Let them march its within their rights to do so, stop with the insults. If there is anyone to blame is the gallery and the media, however we will expect more of these despicable acts of disrespect from these quarters; as long as the media houses are still owned by the same people who were perpetrating apartheid the thought of independent media will remain a dream.

      Johan - 2012-05-29 13:16

      No, it will continue for as long as the ANC choose a scumbag for president.

      Vaughan - 2012-05-29 13:18

      Always the race card. Considering they were all bussed in for free, provided food for free, etc. I can guarantee you most of the "protestors" dont care about the cause, just what they are going to get out of it...

      mathoki - 2012-05-29 16:02

      @Lerato , am black full stop. I don't get you, what does apartheid have to do with this painting? If those people are not stupid, they should be out there looking for jobs rather than, supporting a person who won't provide for them, while they were marching,he was somewhere pretending to do his job. The painting was removed last tuesday and on the CP website on monday, why march then? Tell me a good reason, and tell me if its sensible

      Simon - 2012-05-29 16:23

      @mathoki Well said!

  • John - 2012-05-29 13:05

    Talk about a storm in a piss-pot. Seems out time wasting unemployed so called "workers" has forgotten whats important.

  • TheVern69 - 2012-05-29 13:10

    Still Jackson says they march for the dignity of the ANC,but it was said by a judge that a person has dignity,not a political party...just shows they still don't listen!\r\nPS...I would love someone to paint MY genitals! Any takers?? ;-)

  • Freedom - 2012-05-29 13:10

    yor, this is old news, painting went on display, president takes artist to court, painting got vandalised, and ANC still march.. Please call the Men in Black to erase the image of JZ then maybe everybody will be happy.. O and include the memory of Apartheid then we MOVE ON!!!!!!!

  • Freedom - 2012-05-29 13:11

    ANC only good for one thing and that is to screw up the constitution for every one but themselves.. COWARDS

      HugoMabasa - 2012-05-29 13:33

      which one,the one they drafted?

      Other - 2012-05-29 14:54

      No Hugo, the one that was drafted, not only by the cANCer, but by many others. There are many things in the constitution that the cANCer want changed that were put in by the previous NP government during the drafting process. Rembember, the constitution was part of the overall transition to democratic government. The cANCer did not draft the constitution, they were a part of the team of people and political organisations that were responsible.

  • non-believer - 2012-05-29 13:14

    sad how the ignorant are always exploited by (non)-well meaning leaders. hope the t-shirt was worth it.

  • Freedom - 2012-05-29 13:14

    are the ANC paying there protestors.. coz they are not marching for Jobs, they marching for the diginity of someone that does not care if you cant provide for their family.

  • Lance - 2012-05-29 13:20

    An artist challenges Zumas morality and it is turned into a racial attack. Zumas dodgy past is enough to explain why this is more a personal attack rather than racial...but hey when a government isnt delivering they need to keep the racial hatred brewing to insure that that is the glue that keeps their party crumbling party together.

  • Schmee - 2012-05-29 13:20

    "Even workers demand the right of human dignity for Jacob Zuma," he said. How can they be workers if they are not frigging working?

  • Francois - 2012-05-29 13:20

    OMG people (That should read ANC) there is rife corruption, maladministartion and general cr@p in ths country but you are getting yourselves into a bloody tizz because of a freaking painting? Wake up for crying out aloud, do some work for a change instead of creating chaos.

  • carl.dupreez.7 - 2012-05-29 13:21

    People must stop using the word racist firstly when racism has nothing to do with it and secondly when you don't know the full meaning of racism.

      Vusi - 2012-05-29 14:18

      Sis, we black people know the word racist means you are white and racism means you live like whites.Lol.

  • mark.jerling - 2012-05-29 13:22

    If Zuma has not left his **** hanging out so often I doubt an artist would have made a point of it. Get over it. It's art.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-29 13:24

    They want the painting to be excluded from the exhibit... do they know that the painting was already collected by the buyer?? Jissis some people are so stupid

  • Shellerjc - 2012-05-29 13:26

    I will draw my father naked - If i cld find him to see what he looked like LOL.... Oh brother and they say WE ARE the racists??

  • Ashwin - 2012-05-29 13:26

    Could it be that the Zooma camp drove this iniative to see if they still have vot-tas? .... and bus loads from rural areas, (rural areas), was bussed in. Same as during elections.

  • nkulu.bgumede - 2012-05-29 13:26

    im sorry but isnt today a normal working day? you cant tell me that all of these people requested leave just to be part of the march...

  • Ludwig - 2012-05-29 13:27

    ANC protest to protect the President genitals. Meanwhile their's school children in Limpopo without textbooks.

  • Dave - 2012-05-29 13:29

    They obviously have nothing better to do. The ANC should get people working as they promised instead of carrying on like a bunch of idiots

  • Sikender - 2012-05-29 13:29

    It all brews up to one thing. Politicians trying to score points. Who gives a damn about the negative effect to the economy of the country?

  • victor.freeman.39 - 2012-05-29 13:30

    If service delivery, rooting out corruption and general accountability were approached with such fierce determination by our leaders, mzansi would be a paradise.

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-29 13:31

    I think this is turning into a fuss, i wonder if the ANC would also provide buses into their building(s), for corruption (within the government), non-service delivery, crime, poor health and education system.

      Lance - 2012-05-29 16:42

      You are a wise man Songezo. All this marching is to take attention off the fact that so many ministers are unde investigation for corruption. The ANC knows it is not delivering so it needs to unite black people over a racial casue to make everyone forget about the truth that 18 years into the ANC's rulle only the parliamentarians are richer...and the poor are poorer. The money is going somewhere as I can assure you the white people are definitely being taxed hard and have been for quite sometime. Dont be fooled my african your eyes.

  • japie.v.venter - 2012-05-29 13:32

    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.

      myniek - 2012-05-29 13:42

      Well said. I was at court the day some of those group rapist were there...who was protesting outside? No men at all, about 10 women. That's all. But yes, the president's penis is more important than fighting rape, murder, child abuse, joblessness (or at least the ANC thinks so)

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-05-29 13:46

      Theone you just painted the picture of the plight of south africa. people waste money to hire bussed as far as limpop to come to march for the or against the president's penis! they never thought about the poor, the unemployed, victims of crime, rape the list goes on and on until we get to victims of the very same government who is enriching themselves at the cost of the poor!

      songezo.kilani - 2012-05-29 13:53

      @theone atleast now we know we government priotise are, 1. Protect their public image at all costs. 2. Protect their goons (i.e. Jacky Selebi, Bheki Cele, shabir shaik etc). After all they fought for freedom so they can get rich with their families with tenders etc. And to hell with the poor.

  • Rupert - 2012-05-29 13:53

    i have a conspiracy theory , lets discuss this , 1- The spear was a DA invention to distract attention from the youth subsidy salary clashes that took place recently with Cosatu and ANC supporters ,2- Its a continuation of the above , trying to cause chaos in the country and gain political millage 3- its a joke gone really realy bad , what do you think

      Loo - 2012-05-29 13:55

      The ANC had too much Milo I think

  • Ian - 2012-05-29 13:54

    How many did march ? That is the question ? How many ?

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-29 13:55

    All this expense with police, helicopters and top ANC members who have made a huge mountain from a small molehill. When I look at numerous other politicians from around the world who have been depicted in a totally naked form in a satirical manner who have just ignored the issue, makes me wonder at the agenda unfolding. Is there more to this protest than we know.

      racinez1 - 2012-05-29 14:25

      I agree, today there is a March in Sandton at the IDC building against using nuclear power in SA. I think they distracting people from focusing on this issue by having a march that makes no sense.

  • Diana - 2012-05-29 13:55

    Let me repeat myself as i was commenting not so long ago - no face - no case. The painting is destroyed and removed and moreover gallery apologozed for what has been done. It shouldnt be any grounds for protests as a key issue doesnt exist anymore. In addition to all what kind of racial offence is in having sexual organs - every male person has ones doent mater if he is white black or blue. So its as clear as a day that ANC and Zumanoid personally feel big chair started to rock under their fat g@ts and in situation like this a person is prepared to go for whatever it takes to presrve the power. As for the people they pretend to love so much - to hell with them we'll use them once again and once victory is ours we'll blame the apartheid as it always works.

  • NatashaDawnQuinn - 2012-05-29 13:56

    What a complete and utter waste of time. All those people, imagine how much money this country loses today because those people are not at their jobs. Who paid for the buses? Really, do you see Obama's lot marching everytime some draws an innapropriate image of him? No, he and his leading party have a country to run! When are you going to march to the Union buildings and demand a resolution to this corrupt government, crime and question how the government wastes tax payers money on rubbish like this! We are more and more the laughing stock to the international markets.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-05-29 13:57

    Let's hope that these same marchers w2ill also march against a corrupt thieving government and all those who are stealing the wealth of the country. Zuma should be the last person to talk about dignity & corruption and should not be re-elected so that he can "have his day" in court to face the charges regarding the arms fiasco.