Road to close for Joburg art march

2012-05-28 16:06

Johannesburg - Part of one of Johannesburg's major roads, Jan Smuts Avenue, will be closed from 09:00 until about midday on Tuesday for a protest march, metro police said.

About 15 000 people were expected to march from Zoo Lake in Parkview to the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank, spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said on Monday.

The road will be closed between Zoo Lake and Bolton Road in Rosebank.

Marchers would be bussed to the Zoo Lake. The march was expected to start at 10:00.

The march is being organised by the ANC and its affiliates to protest against the The Spear, a painting by Brett Murray, that, until it was defaced on Tuesday, depicted President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

The painting was part of Murray's Hail to the Thief II exhibition that is currently running at the gallery.

Heavy police presence

The work unleashed a storm of protest and condemnation.

Minnaar appealed to motorists to use Oxford Avenue as an alternative route.
"There will be a very heavy police presence," he said.

Three representatives from the march organisers would be allowed to leave the main group and approach the Goodman Gallery from a suburban side street to hand over a memorandum.

"The main march will not be permitted to leave Jan Smuts Avenue," he said.

The Democratic Alliance issued a statement warning business owners and traders to arrive at work early and not to try and move around or expect clients.

DA ward councillor, Tim Truluck, said the day would require understanding and was a "work in progress".

"The JMPD/SAPS will be involved from the city's side. There will also be 5 000 green-clad ANC, red-clad Cosatu and uniformed Umkhonto [we Sizwe] marshals."

  • Shellerjc - 2012-05-28 16:09

    And yet No-one marched against a mentally challened girl that was gang raped. Get a life people

      Bryan - 2012-05-28 16:26

      But as far as the ANC are concerned, a painting is more important than rape and murder...., didn't you know that?

      Alan - 2012-05-28 16:43

      This is unreal - just an ANC ploy to try and canvass votes. I am going to type the following slowly and in caps so ANC supporters can read it: THE. ART. EXHIBITION. WAS. A. PROTEST. BY BRETT. MURRAY - A FORMER. ANC. SUPPORTER. PROTESTING. AGAINST. THE. CORRUPT. AND. USELESSS. PARTY. THE. ANC. HAS. BECOME. IT. WAS. NOT. RACIST!! Got that?

      Omo - 2012-05-28 16:45

      As an African i am ashamed at what is going on.Yes the painting was disgusting but organizing a march to protest it is going too far and an effort to distract people from important issues.They should be protesting bad leadership and lack of service delivery.You guys are making South Africans the laughing stock of the world.Please enough of the "tom foolery".

      Rabble-Rouser - 2012-05-28 16:51

      Another rent-a-crowd jaboree. So they bus in the thousands of unemployed from the squatter camps, give them a free T shirt with KFC and coke. And, oh yes! a printed ANC plackard. Then they bus them back to the squatter camps when they have finished withthem. It seems like the ANC have found some use for the jobless. - 2012-05-28 19:32

      Please can everybody make sure they do not vote for the ANC we must make a stand against these dictators. If you should decide you don't want to vote, the ANC will automatically get your vote. i don't care who you vote for, as long as it is not the ANC. But please whatever you do, do not decide not to vote because the ruling party automatically gets those votes please please please

  • John - 2012-05-28 16:10

    who's marching? rent a crowd, think the country would be a lot better off if these lazy lout found employment and contributed positvly to the country.

      Shellerjc - 2012-05-28 16:23

      Dont get it tho- The painting has been taken down right? So why continue with the damn march???

      John - 2012-05-28 16:25

      shellrlc, any reason to create havoc

      Godfrey - 2012-05-28 16:54

      Check the size of the Police force compare to the DA march on COSATU House

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-28 17:02

      I predict major trouble...when they start to go on the rampage...the crowd will be unstoppable...I feel sorry for the shops in the area. This MARCH SHOULD BE will achieve nothing...but cause damage and thousands of Rand.Not a very bright President to encourage this...but we all know why he is behind the march...SCORE MAJOR POLITICAL POINTS..not worried if people get hurt.

  • Surfing - 2012-05-28 16:16

    Free KFC everyone, make sure you are there early to avoid disappointment, LOL. Free t-shirt as well.

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-05-28 16:19

    15 000 people NOT going to work tomorrow? All those businesses along the route will close for fear of vandalism!God help our economy and thank goodness My business is in KZN!

      Deon - 2012-05-28 16:44

      They are most probably part of the unemployed, have nothing else to do but to enjoy a free bus ride and break a few windows.

      Omo - 2012-05-28 16:46

      @Deon...damn you wicked! Lol

      Press - 2012-05-28 17:16

      Its the painters union that is marching . . .

  • Sharon - 2012-05-28 16:20

    What painting? As far as I know it has been destroyed and removed. Get over it already. If they want to march, they can march against crime and corruption. Pick a worthy cause at least.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-05-28 16:24

    I laugh no one pitches up!!!

      Rabble-Rouser - 2012-05-28 17:12

      They will pitch up. There is a free T shirt with KFC and coke and of course the ANC plackard. And of course there is the free transport.

  • Andre - 2012-05-28 16:27

    Roll-up, Roll-up, anyone feel like trashing the streets...

  • drienie.kruger.10 - 2012-05-28 16:27

    They need to do something about the unemployment in this country, as these youngsters and gogo's have too much time on their hands. they just stand ready for a march, despite what the cause might be for. Zuma your lack of education really shows alot these days, as the only answer you and your comrades have for anything the white man says or does is 'racist' - i think you need to invest this energy in promoting condoms,, so that the poor can stop multiplying by the 1000s a day, coz the real working class definitely does not have the time or funds(unpaid leave) to join your silly willy _ i mean march!!!

  • Donne.3 - 2012-05-28 16:30

    Do you really have to come and interrupt my working day???

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-28 16:31

    Such a shameful waste of time and money. I guess we should have expected this when he sued a man R8000 for almost spilling a drink on him and charged him with assault. What makes Zuma think so much of himself? It's not like he's a success or anything.

      amelia.basson - 2012-05-28 18:48

      Easy to sue people if you're not using your own money & time!

  • Themba - 2012-05-28 16:32

    Lock the gallery and take some time off for the day. Better yet, get some rocks to pelt JZ's unemployed social grant recipients with

  • Bernice - 2012-05-28 16:39

    I am so gatvol for this story. Any excuse to stay off work and close down some roads. The country is suffering enough from all the time people take off work as it is. But then again these so called intellectuals know it all that is why our country could be on the brink of a "CIVIL WAR" before we know what peace is all about.

  • Kyle - 2012-05-28 16:42

    ANC is cashing in BIG time with this painting. Milking hatred and racism to the point that they need to bus 15 000 people to spend a working day protesting. I truly wish I could understand such superfluous actions. *weeps tears of unfathomable sadness*

      Wayne Hambides - 2012-05-28 17:06

      Christ what next????

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-28 16:44

    The sooner we get rid of the ANC, the sooner this nation will start to develop. Useless parasites.

  • melania.nel - 2012-05-28 16:50

    Title meant to say ANTI-ART march. Who will sponsor some leaflets with Ayanda's painting on it? Remind me again why they are allowed to march to a private institution but the DA gets a NO-NO?

      kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-05-28 17:20

      i can donate my time an fly a plane overhead that distributes these leaflets. lets educate the masses to the existance of ayanda's racist painting.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-28 19:47

      Better still, let's educate the masses about satire.

  • Msika - 2012-05-28 16:54

    Why not change the road name to OR Thambo Avenue?

  • Sérgio - 2012-05-28 17:04

    Ridiculous, enough of this,…this has gone far beyond the interests of freedom. Purest revolt impulse by entombed racial hate. Mr. President, how did this remain hidden so long? The extent of sanctioned resources over the qualities of a painting is ridiculous. Mr. President, your beauty serpent brings the devils affection fevered by your arrogance…I guess your legacy belongs to a true marks of a dictator!!!

  • Dooie - 2012-05-28 17:14

    Oh booooo hoooooo...... Get over it you idiots! The painting's been defaced and sold. Not on display anymore. Gone. Weg. Nie meer daar nie......

  • kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-05-28 17:16

    get a life people!!!!! for crying out loud, what is wrong with you - is this painting really such a big deal??? THERE ARE FAR MORE IMPORTANT THINGS WORTH MARCHING FOR!

  • braamc - 2012-05-28 17:16

    They have nothing else to do anyhow, not like they are working, thanks to the cANCer.

  • Detective.Kruger - 2012-05-28 17:20

    Hope the Goodman gallery, have updated there insurance policy

  • spookhuis - 2012-05-28 17:31

    Oh for G!d sake, you got what you wanted, the painting has been censored by two idiots.

  • renesongs - 2012-05-28 17:39

    Umkhonto we Sizwe?? So the ANC have retains a private army? That really highlights the mock in democracy :(

  • Manu - 2012-05-28 17:48

    If people learned to express themselves in a respectable manner and be considerate of the feeling of others things would not have come to this. Let's hope that those who have fueled this fire will now act responsibly and defuse this situation.

  • amelia.basson - 2012-05-28 18:43

    Are we're being punked or has Zuma and his followers all lost the plot? It feels like I'm living in the twilight zone. Marches, court cases, vandalism, apologies, painting taken down and removed from NEWSpaper sites? Hundreds and thousands of tax payers money WASTED and all because of a drawing of a penis? If I was Zuma I would have been more humiliated by the name "HAIL TO THE THIEF"! Or ... maybe he thinks it is really his own penis ...

  • Carl - 2012-05-28 19:27

    Only uneducated, feel sorry for myself, lazy irresponsible people will attend this march.Free t shirt and a chance to do some ANC style shopping. Unfortunately this type of behaviour is a common trend in SA.99% of these people don't even know what they marching for! What will they be marching for next. Bunch of animals. In fact I've seen better animal behaviour.

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