Rural protesters join march on gallery

2012-05-29 11:50

Johannesburg - The protest against The Spear painting of Zuma was slow to start on Tuesday as buses from far-flung areas continued to arrive in the city carrying supporters of President Jacob Zuma.

Buses from Mpumalanga and Limpopo arrived at Zoo Lake early on Tuesday. Some protesters said they had slept overnight at the park in anticipation of the march on the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank.

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

On Tuesday representatives of the All African Federation of Churches, dressed in purple religious attire, said they were joining the protest because they felt the painting dehumanised Zuma.

"We are here to reconcile the country. There is a lot that needs to be corrected," said the church's Archbishop Qwetha.

The march was scheduled to start at 10:00 but roads in Rosebank were still open at 11:00. Helicopters monitored the protest, which was three city blocks long by 11:30.

The area between the Zoo and Bolton Road on Jan Smuts Avenue would be closed once the protest was underway, police said.

  • Matthew - 2012-05-29 11:54

    "we are here to reconcile the country" oh will you guys bugger dont run the show and though entitled to protest and speak out,you're not entitled to hold the country hostage,forcing them to agree or accept. same nonsense as always =/

      asteyn - 2012-05-29 11:57

      are they still on this spear thing???? bloody hell don't we have more important things to do..? As in perhaps build houses, schools, feed the hungry and the poor? FFS!!!!!!

      Patrick - 2012-05-29 12:01

      Thank you to the Goodman Gallery for given Zuma and his miscreants a: CAUSE CELEBRE Be warned however, that it will take more than a ZUMA-TOLL painting to keep fooling the electorate!

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-29 12:02

      asteyn .. tell that to the artist who started all this.

      hayden.cajee - 2012-05-29 12:04

      This bloody LIMPOPO pricks are always ready to up and PROTEST, I bet 90% of these punks have no idea what they marching for.

      Henri - 2012-05-29 12:06

      i hope theres a journalist thats going to ask one of the protesters if they know why they are marching. they probaly dont even know.

      Loo - 2012-05-29 12:10

      @polo ,, EXACTLY .. it took ONE MAN to throw the whole ANC off balance ... Why dont you alos touch the subject of Ayanda Mbulu's depiction .. IN THAT PORTRAIT he humiliated Madiba for one .. nm Zuma.. AND MADIBA in my view is sacred and just ... So you will stand up for Zuma but not Mandela ... THAT is my point. The only sacred and respected leader of the ANC doesnt even get a mention when it comes to his dignity ..DOES THAT work for you ?????

      Mmannyo - 2012-05-29 12:17

      If there is a brainy one amongst them,he/she will use that attendance statistics strategically. A clear picture of which areas are mostly struck by unemployment and high illiteracy rate.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-05-29 12:22

      Bring out the KFC!

      Patrick - 2012-05-29 12:31

      The stupid in support of the obscene!

      eil33nn - 2012-05-29 12:31

      Timeslive just tweeted that the marchers are singing "We don't want whites here anymore", doesn't sound as if they want to reconcile too much

      Hermann - 2012-05-29 16:19

      @poloyatonki ... hey guy the artist was merely a satirical mirroi of Jacob Zuma's unethical behaviour. Get real.

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-05-29 11:56

    lol, the irony...'Zoo'

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-29 11:58

      Rent-A-Crowd is a blooming business, it seems (is this the ANC version of creating jobs?))

      Gershwin - 2012-05-29 12:12

      @peter u talk the words out of my mouth, what amazes me is dont this people work they always protesting and where does the ANC get money to fund this

      Felix - 2012-05-29 12:32

      @Gershwin, mostly tax money but I see four of their employees were shot this morning doing a 'withdrawal'.

  • Susan - 2012-05-29 11:57

    Busses? Rent a crowd? Director - mr or mrs Zuma, perhaps?

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-29 12:07

      Nope its a tender that went to one of his kids...

  • Henri - 2012-05-29 11:58

    Keep them on the streets, now they will worthy of an issue that they dont know the full context of yet hope for some free shirts and water and KFC. joke goes into 2nd week.

  • Hermann - 2012-05-29 11:59

    Looking at all those posters, taking note of the costs of transport I ask myself how many school books could have been bought with that money or maybe a house built to replace a shack.

      grant.hide - 2012-05-29 12:17

      Intruders :D lol. You wernt anywhere her to be found, further north yes. And if you wanted to be territorial, this place would smell like pee. But it doesn't and you weren't here when we arrived. Lets see, if we hadn't come and you still had spears and huts, Germany would have taken this place first and you would speak German.

      randomhero6661 - 2012-05-29 12:18

      polio you ask too much and do too little...

      Piet - 2012-05-29 12:22

      @poloyatonki, you would still be living in a mud hut. But you would probably be happy with that. But also, if not in 1652, then someone else would have arrived here to conquer and develop the land 'cause it sure would not have been done by the people who moved here when they saw the invaders of 1652 were developing the land or the people who were local to the land at that time.

      Aaron - 2012-05-29 12:22

      @Poloyatonki you are hilarious. What would things be like if we hadn't been colonised? Check out Liberia. We would have been lucky to end up like Liberia, which was never colonised. It's a fantastic place, I'm sure you'd enjoy living there. In fact, why don't you?

      Francois - 2012-05-29 12:25

      Poloyotonki - You are reminde that black people also came from the North of Africa and ended up in South Africa. The only people who REALLY deserve then to be in South Africa in their full right is the Koi-San people. Let the "Intruders" leave and go back to the state that Zim is in.

      Susan - 2012-05-29 12:26

      Oh please, Polo. What would America have been if Columbus didn't arrive there? The question is academic. We are all here, and NONE OF US asked to be born in this country. But we were and we have to make the best of it.

      Schmee - 2012-05-29 12:26

      ROFL Poloyatonki you are so funny. Now go back to school and learn something useful.

      Mark - 2012-05-29 12:26

      Intruders Poly? Surely you mean oppressors. In answer to your question - you'd still be living in a cave rubbing wet twigs together.

      Tasneem - 2012-05-29 12:32

      Why don't you enlighten us Polony? Play us through that scenario...Cos the way I see it you would be some tribal leader's bitch, begging for scraps, going to war against some nearby rival tribal every other week. If you haven't died of some disease by the age of 25 (one that the "intruders" already found a cure for like a hundred years earlier), you'd probably have been captured by one of these rival tribes and condemned to slavery for the remainder of your life...hell, you fill in the rest, troll, i couldn't be bothered.

      balan.morgen - 2012-05-29 13:42

      @ Poloyatonki, it was those 1652 settlers that started building SA. If not for them you would have been a Kraansburger, bushman, caveman, hutman, with no infrastructure, cities, technology etc.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-29 13:48

      Poliodonkey, watch this video

      phinda.b.nxumalo - 2012-05-29 16:13


      randomhero6661 - 2012-05-29 17:04

      @PHINDA college of hustling??? haha! you could hustle a light switch if you wanted to.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-29 11:59

    I wonder how much the ANC regime pays these rent-a-riot crowds ??? 'Please come closer comrades and collect your tsotsi hamper. In it, you will find a yellow T-shirt, a Streetwise Two and a bunch of rocks. Please use liberally'.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-29 12:04

      What a stupid comment.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-29 12:12

      What a stupid march

      Keith - 2012-05-29 12:20

      some beers and braai meat and arrange some gays for them they quite happy with that

      Nigel - 2012-05-29 12:22

      What a stupid government. You can only laugh or cry. I'll LMAO.

      grant.hide - 2012-05-29 12:24

      Realistic comment, How many millions could have been used to buy houses and closed toilets? What a waste of time and money this is. And if the people there actually understood the artists work, mabe they would turn on each other, so mabe they should also go inside and try piece this one together. The goodman gallery should put it all on display in front for all to see. If they can't understand english, mabe the pics will do.

      Tasneem - 2012-05-29 12:39

      teh hehehehe Besh, and how is that plan working out for you so far? ;) tehhehehehehe. sucka fool.

      balan.morgen - 2012-05-29 13:48

      @Poloyatonki, You are a BIG RETARD.

  • Attie - 2012-05-29 12:02

    this a joke with these idiots been so hyphocritical. pawn magazines and strip joints are legal or you can see them on t v as well. grow you lot

  • Clive - 2012-05-29 12:03

    Let this rent-a-mob complete their pointless march, then they must hop back in their buses, drive to Limpopo and demonstrate for something meaningful, such as books for schoolchildren, medicines in hospitals and an end to patronage, theft and corruption. Talk about wrong priorities!!

  • Tsietsi - 2012-05-29 12:05

    What a waste of resources and time. Can somebody knock some sense into Zuma's head? Is he content with all that is happening in his name. Maybe he is not aware that this is not the way to do things in modern times. But then where are the other leadfers?

      phinda.b.nxumalo - 2012-05-29 16:06

      you are a disgrace to the black majority. Sies1

  • The-third - 2012-05-29 12:08

    get a job and contribute something useful for a change.

  • Jane - 2012-05-29 12:09

    pathetic - aren't these people supposed to be working Next thing they'll be crying that they got dismissed

  • Johan - 2012-05-29 12:10 Have a look at this painting, from 2010. I bet no one has heard of it, or seen it.

  • alfredo.jordaan - 2012-05-29 12:10

    I'm certain that majority of those people have no idea what the march is about, just there because of a free trip to joburg and fee T-shirts.Sad actually.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-29 12:13

      Yep, just like every ANC regime march

  • fani.masemola1 - 2012-05-29 12:11

    This is just yet another strategy by a man who became state president through peoples' sympathy. unfortunately it wont happen again. time will tell and the truth shall set every one free.....

  • Ayanda Excellent Mpisane - 2012-05-29 12:12

    I wonder what they are marching for,istead of focusing service delivery

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-29 12:16

      I think the ANC bussed in these hordes to come clean up the gallery that was vandalised.

  • Bennie - 2012-05-29 12:12

    This whole debakel has clearly shown the immature and illiterate nature of the ANC. Ths protest is about a painting that has already been taken down , would love to release a bag of hissing mad mamba's in that crowd.

  • Sean - 2012-05-29 12:13

    what a joke ... Really get over it already

  • Johan - 2012-05-29 12:13

    We should rather rename the town Amanzimtoti to "'n-man-se-toti" to honour him.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-29 12:20

      A massive what? Actually, that's what the Prez and co. got their knickers in knots about in the first place. The spear wasn't long enough and came out as more of a scalpel. So the Prez took offence. Just to think, three extra inches and no one would have complained ...

  • Keith - 2012-05-29 12:18

    Would it not be a good idea to invest and build a massive ZOO for these clowns ??Just the thought of gathering at the Zoo Lake ??? why the Zoo Lake ?? that sends a message folks that they all belong to the Zoo and we can generate billions to have them in the Zoo Lake that will creat jobs and feed the poor and hungery

  • Mark - 2012-05-29 12:19

    Didn't know we had such a lot of art critics or is it the promise of free chicken and a side of looting that drew the crowds? Will they be handing out free t-shorts as well?

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-29 12:19

    So, that's why he visited Elex yesterday.

  • Provence - 2012-05-29 12:20

    I'm going to paint something similar of FW De Klerk and called it, "Ou boet se Knopkerrie." I will then have my exibition in the Voortrekker monument where everyone can bring their families and enjoy pootjiekos and brandewyn. Hopefully the AWB will be demonstarting so that I can also get my day in court and edvertise so that tannie Martie can make some bucks for me. Dis lekker in Afrika jong. Ons bly maar agteruit even though we boer voorentoe. Sometimes life is just great with all the other peoples in our Mthondwe Isizwe rainbow nation. Eish, I enjoy my president, he is so commical, I don't even need to watch Koeksister Paleis anymore. Enjoy the day all my adopted brothers and sisters.

      almeleh - 2012-05-29 12:29

      If you do, can I organise a march? please, please.

  • TheRealWitblitz - 2012-05-29 12:21

    Just another excuse to take a day off from work and dance in the streets. Fun times?

  • Schmee - 2012-05-29 12:23

    I trust that taxpayers aren't paying for these buses!

  • maria.ferreira.545849 - 2012-05-29 12:24

    Do they not work.....??????

  • sabelo.sigudu - 2012-05-29 12:24

    Some people have time for playing. out of everything that you can do some they just decide to go and protect.. iesh that is a waste of time . People should be working on good plans that should be helping on developing this country not petty issues like marching for some ART work.i feel so sorry for such a waste of time.

      phinda.b.nxumalo - 2012-05-29 15:50

      you coconut, go to halland where you belong. sies! you are a disgrace to the black mojority.

  • tom.dittmer - 2012-05-29 12:27

    It shows what a great job Jacob and his ANC government are doing that so many people are free on a Tuesday to come and protest about a painting...

      phinda.b.nxumalo - 2012-05-29 15:48

      the ANC is in power not the DA, IF YOU WANT TO BE RULED BY A WHITE MAN, GO TO GERMAN. Africa is for black people.

  • Provence - 2012-05-29 12:27

    Ag sommer ejoy the day in the sunshine all you lovely rainbow people. Don't forget the suntan lotion and cover up all the parts ne. Send greetings to uncle Jakob. He is such a lovely man, last week we ate samp and beans together. We sat beside the fire and agreed to make another painting of him, this time we will call it "Ndoda se Knopkerrie" We also decided to change the skin tone to a lighter colour. In that way no-one will recognize him , well maybe not everyone, you know what I mean.

  • sonofoldman - 2012-05-29 12:29

    Zuma is not GOD

      Clive - 2012-05-29 15:50

      True, but many ANC types think he is.

  • djflapps - 2012-05-29 12:30

    don't these people work???would love to know what would happen if i told my boss i am taking the day off to go and protest against some painting...FFS

      Besh - 2012-05-29 12:45

      incase you haven't realised SA has a 40% jobless citizenry of which the majority is black, For some KFC and a free T/shirt i'll march the whole day. hopefully this (40%)will include some whites and afrikaaners in the near future as BEE and Afirmative action take effect

      Omrisho - 2012-05-29 13:03

      Besh... there, you said it "For some KFC and a free T/shirt i'll march the whole day." So it's not about the painting then? Where are your principles?

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-05-29 12:30

    And what about bussing people in to learn about art and appreciate the finer debates about aesthetics?

  • djmain1 - 2012-05-29 12:31

    By Zuma's conduct, he deserved this - fair comment. Live by the spear, die by "The Spear". Phansi cANCer, phansi.

      djmain1 - 2012-05-29 12:31

      Forward to fascism!

  • Ryno - 2012-05-29 12:33

    "Buses from Mpumalanga and Limpopo arrived at Zoo Lake early on Tuesday. Some protesters said they had slept overnight at the park in anticipation of the march on the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank" who paid for these busses don't these people work where did they all bath/shower/toilet if they slept in a park

      Aaron - 2012-05-29 12:37

      It is not legal to sleep overnight in Johannesburg parks as it is against the by-laws. Another example of selective law enforcement.

      ishmael.valoyi - 2012-05-29 13:25

      Let me guess! They bathed in one of those trash filled dams, actually..they sh**t on the dam before taking a bath..

  • smbonani - 2012-05-29 12:35

    are these pictures representing our unemployment rate?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-29 12:36

      Nope, only the unemployed who still vote for the ANC. The zoo was the perfect place for this lot to meet.

  • menny.hendricks - 2012-05-29 12:35

    Goverment seems to be milking the tax payers money to fund protest tht only ever benefit their own "profound" opinions of what freedom of speech should mean to each and evry 1... are we individuals who think freely and the right to express it in that manner.... Protesters are given lunch transport n what ever else to stand by matters they have not been properly informed on or bothered t research and THINK for themselves...

  • solverman - 2012-05-29 12:36

    Brilliant... the ANC has finally found something to do with our unemployed, give them a meal... bus them in, using our tax money to demonstrate..... I bet you not one of those protestors could point out the painting of The Spear.....

  • Mmannyo - 2012-05-29 12:42

    The spear saga being used strategically, now remember that laugh from zille, I can see it on zuma's face. He is already eyeing for another wife. You go for extra time ZUMS by the look of things.S-A-D :O(

  • Provence - 2012-05-29 12:48

    Fellow country men lend me your ears. Why all the quarrels about Uncle Jacob's painting? Can you fart against thunder and be heard? No. So, stop wasting your employers time as I am doing and let's go back to work. At least we have work, otherwise we should also join the struggle down town. Hey, what do they have to lose, they have no job, nothing to do, at least they got a free bus ride and to see the capital city where uncle Jacob and his buddies hang out! Well at least uncle Jacob and buddies are employed even though they don't work. Eish, one day when I am in power I want to be just like uncle Jacob!!! And don't worry you will, the next chappie to become the rainbow manager will be just like uncle Jacob, how could he possibly be different. Enjoy the sunshine and mielie pap while it lasts my beautiful people. Don't forget the sun block and cover the delicate parts especially those who are breast feeding on this trip down town.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-05-29 12:49

    Give the marchers a print of the painting, at lease then they will know why they are marching.

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-05-29 12:51


  • Christiaan Kroezen - 2012-05-29 12:59

    Honestly guys, this is just another example of a idiotic march for a stupid cause that you neither know or care about... protecting his honor?? Your a couple of years too late!! But i bet you this will be chalked down as another stunning victory for the ANC and the clueless masses!!

  • philschalkwyk - 2012-05-29 13:01

    If they worked as hard and as diligently as they march, this country would prosper!

  • Iceberg - 2012-05-29 13:02

    The gallery is closed, the editor appologised but bus loads of people are brought in to strengthen Zuma's quest for a sympathy vote and fuel racial division. And what do they get? A T-SHIRT AND A PRINTED POSTER and probably lunch. - 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 marches. - Our democracy is going down the toilet but no one marches. What are we thinking and where are our priorties? We have now proven beyond doubt that our collective mentality doesn’t rise above the waist.

  • Ofentse - 2012-05-29 13:04

    If the painting was done by a Black person would it get as much attention or labelled racist?!!! jst thinking out loud

  • Dorothea - 2012-05-29 13:05

    gee, the ANC are a bright bunch. and i mean this. they know exactly how to push everyones buttons. as long as they continue to polarise the nation, light the fires of racism and continue to fool white people into thinking that the ANC are stupid, they have secured themselves power....

  • Winifred - 2012-05-29 13:07

    All this energy spent on this stupid painting, gosh, we must be the laughing stock on the planet. These protestors should feel ashamed of themselves, protesting over something that have been sorted in an amical manner. Why dont we see them protest against rape, murder, fraud, corruption, service delivery, education, health. Do none of these things matter to them. They are only shaken by a painted penis, heavens what is this world coming to. A free bus ride, dry roll and a piece of 2nd grade chicken. oh and a cheap T shirt made in china NOT even from their own country. I believe zuma could have put this all to bed without the fuss, but he does lead from the back of his lackies so what did we expect. The Anc never do anything peaceful they are still living in the past, when will the wake up. Let bygones be bygones move on make a better life for all.

  • Valecia - 2012-05-29 13:15

    Why should the people protest for a stupid painting whereas they should be protesting to stop crime and rape and prostitution and provide more employment insteading of a painting that's worthless its already damaged goods.

  • duncan.biyela - 2012-05-29 13:15

    Sad that the masses protesting are the unemployed percentage of the population, the same fools who were promised better jobs,schools and health care by the people they protesting for and they dont even relise that they are being used. Not fair to take advantage of the ignorant and not fair to use our taxes to pay for a pointless "March" Another Non-ethical Cock-up (excuse the pun)

  • Jango - 2012-05-29 13:29

    Don't these people have work to go to? Always pleading poverty, but they can time off for something like this!! I would like to know how much money was lost in production to-day! Must admit they are doing an excellent job in crippling OUR country!!!!

  • Timothy - 2012-05-29 14:11

    Bet they didn't just get a Streetwise 2 but were upgraded to a Tower Rounder Meal. Excellent!