Silence descends outside High Court

2012-05-24 12:01

Johannesburg - Silence settled on the streets outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg as South Africans, old and young, stopped to watch a court case over the controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma on big screens.

Inside the court lawyers for the ANC argued that The Spear by Brett Murray, depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, was disrespectful and violated his dignity. They asked that it be removed from an exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank.

The audience stretched for over a block, watched over by police in crowd-control vehicles.

Earlier ANC supporters arrived on Harley Davidson motorbikes, stirring up a gathering crowd toyi-toying in support of Zuma.

Members of the ANC's military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe paraded in front of the spectators.

"We are here to support our father, the father of our nation," said Fannie Nkosi, a member of the public.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, and Zuma's son Duduzane, were spotted arriving at court.

The court will decide on whether, in this case, freedom of expression supersedes an individual's right to dignity.

On Tuesday the work was vandalised by two men who smeared paint across it. A third man was later caught trying to spray paint the word "respect" on the wall outside the gallery. All three were arrested and the gallery temporarily closed.

  • John - 2012-05-24 12:14

    I notice there is no law for the ANC and many laws and taxes for everyone else. If there was not these ANCHOGS would not be allowed near the courthouse as the roads were supposed to have been blocked of to traffic.

      ike.moroe - 2012-05-24 14:27

      Now you have arrived in the new South Africa where freedom of expression is a right protected by the institution. Those masses around the court are doing what is perfectly constitutional.

  • Cape - 2012-05-24 12:20

    The ANC wants nothing to do with the "west" and they defend their cultural values to the end, yet they wear "western labeled" clothing, drive "western designed and maufactured" cars and drink the finest "western" liquor there is, yet the "west" is evil and "we don't need them, we can look towards the east". SA will become bigger than Kimberly GAT!

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-05-24 12:50

      you forgot soccer, its their national sport but yet its a western sport.

      PeteWalshZAR - 2012-05-24 14:02

      Whom are you defining by using the word "their".

      ike.moroe - 2012-05-24 14:23

      Accompanied by topless white dancers, and skin clad white men carrying medieval age clobbering sticks...

      ike.moroe - 2012-05-24 14:30

      With your obvious racist attitude, if sane voices don't speak, very soon you will be mixing fists with your black compatriots doing it in the racist GAT your utterances are influencing.

  • berni.venter - 2012-05-24 12:27

    There is so much material in the above article for our satirical cartoonists... Can't wait to see what they come up with!!!

  • Timothy - 2012-05-24 12:38

    Didn't know Zooma was the father of the nation... elected president by the ANC... ya.. the people didn't even chose him... Pappa Zooma is not feeding his children

      Press - 2012-05-24 13:47

      He's not my father as far as I know - but knowing the legacy of the man I might have to get DNA evidence . .

      ike.moroe - 2012-05-24 14:25

      I suppose you go around hungry, wearing torn veldskoene and tattered farm hat.

  • James - 2012-05-24 13:28

    Hey guys , What is the point of this??? The picture is defaced and as far as i believe it has been taken out of the gallery. WHAT A WASTE OF TIME AND RESOURCES!!!

  • Phelamanga - 2012-05-24 13:35

    The Comrades arrived on Harleys! And it looks as if yet another contribution of uThondo weSizwe has made a paternity claim. I thought Mandela was The Father of the Nation, in metaphoric terms. However, the present one is literally the father of a nation. New ones keep creeping out in the most unexpected places!

      Denis - 2012-05-24 13:53

      Father of the nation? Or do you mean father of Africa? Remember the pre has a son with a Zimbabwean woman, whom he fathered during exile in Moz. The guy who shockingly looks like Zuma came to SA and was hush-hushed and deported. Lol

  • isingh - 2012-05-24 13:58

    Malema is not here now to cause a stampede, if Zuma lost or won this appliction so instead he found some other cronies to come to court to support him/Harleys and all.If he was succesful he would have actually beieved that he is invincible.Ihope,but Iknow Iam wrong that the tax payer not the anc will be fitting these useless legal bills.Zuma rule the country your days are limited so make the most of it.Well done brett and the MAIL AND GUARDIAN and thank God for our courts.

  • chris.piro2 - 2012-05-24 14:24

    Pleae people let us respect one another in SOUTH AFRICA

      Parys - 2012-05-24 15:15

      How on earth does those who voted for Zuma respect's a very sad and sick situation and the world must think we are all really naive if not plain stupid.

  • FooFunk - 2012-05-24 14:28

    So with this statement - The Spear by Brett Murray, depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, was disrespectful and violated HIS dignity - That means Zuma will be footing the bill for this circus parade?!?

  • Mbambo - 2012-05-24 15:25

    The Court Case ofcause, a complainant being The Spear. Is he (The Spear) the one to foot the lawyer's bills or the State??. How ironic, you bloody agents!!!.

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