The Spear's big day at the FPB

2012-06-01 07:29

Johannesburg - The Film and Publication Board (FPB) will decide on Friday whether to classify Brett Murray's contentious painting The Spear, which depicts President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals.

FPB chief operations officer Mmapula Fisha said earlier this week that the classification committee would inform stakeholders of its decision in writing by Friday.

She said the FPB did not have the legal jurisdiction to classify any content published or broadcast by media outlets.

However, she said this did not mean it would "fold hands over the issue".

The decision on whether to classify would be based on all the information presented at a hearing in Centurion on Tuesday, said FPB spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase.

"This committee will make the decision whether to classify or not. It will make a decision as to what classifications and restrictions will be applicable if the members decide to classify," he said.

Ndamase said the FPB's interest was the portrait, not the person it depicted.

Advocate Matthew Welz - for the Goodman Gallery, in Johannesburg, where the painting was shown - has dismissed complaints that the genitals depicted in the portrait would harm children who visited the gallery for inspiration.

He said the Goodman Gallery had a proud history of displaying protest art and the Murray portrait fitted this class.

The portrait was not rude nudity, but a strong political statement to those in power, said Welz. He rubbished submissions by the complainants that the image was "porn".

Confronted about the South African history and context, Welz said it was not the mandate of the FPB to determine whether the portrait was appropriate for the country.

  • Charles-Bronson - 2012-06-01 07:40

    The Film and Publication Board is another teeth less unite who want to show they can bark for useless corrupted JZ e-toti.

      Jennifer - 2012-06-01 08:22

      yes... and that old spear does indeed belong in the hall of shame

      mihaip007 - 2012-06-01 08:30

      errr - dare I say that ayanda's paiting of genitals (all over the canvas) did not attract the need to be categorized? The only difference I see between ayanda and brett is the age and the race! So what should us white people now think about THIS? Should we LABEL this as all the other anc followers love to? hmmm

      paul.coetzee1 - 2012-06-01 08:43

      And the 2012 " Newsmaker Of The Year" goes to ......(drum roll)....our State Presidents Dong. What a country we have become. LOL

      Rabble-Rouser - 2012-06-01 08:45

      If the FPB classify The Spear it will be the pinnacle of stupidity. It will simply be an irrational academic excercise. The Spear no longer exists in it's original form (it's been defaced) so what will be the point of classifying it? In any event what purpose does it serve if it cannot be enforced? Media establishments are out of the jurisdiction of the FPB. And they cannot control it's distribution amongst private individuals. Nor can they control it's publication on the "international" internet. And then there is the contradictions in respect of thousands of art works, with exposed genitalia, in art museums and other galleries across the country. If an individual does not like it or finds it offensive then don't look at it.

      Martin - 2012-06-01 10:04

      Martin - 2012-06-01 10:05

      i kinda like both paintings, the spear and the terreblanche one... even ayandas one come to think of it

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-06-01 07:51

    couldn't give less of a crap about the 'spear'.

      Walter - 2012-06-01 08:15

      It's all a load of codswollop! Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill - make that a "dick-hill!"

  • zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-06-01 07:54

    Who cares what that Board that contains people who don't even know what the job descriptions entail. The FPB is just a toothless organisation when it comes to such matters, this is evidenced by what happened when their sat for this matter. Let the FPB sit down and redraft their scope of work, perhaps now they know what they should add.

  • Megan - 2012-06-01 07:56

    Firstly, I thought the FPB decided that this had nothing to do with them. Secondly, isn't this whole thing FINISHED... what's there to decide on?

  • Steve - 2012-06-01 07:57

    Yeah, who really gives a rat's butt!

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-06-01 08:01

    I wish the ANC was fighting the issue of tender corruption in government with the same passion they fought this whole Spear saga.

      mihaip007 - 2012-06-01 08:31

      you make me PROUD to be part of this nation....

      atholl.hay - 2012-06-01 08:59

      Jeez! I wish as much fuss were made over the R26 BILLION that was lost to corruption by the government in the last financial year!

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-01 08:18

    Hello its not in the gallery anymore and its nothing they haven't seen on tv. Shouldn't you be worrying about the children who have no classrooms and text books.

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-06-01 08:22

    The meeting will be postponed I know. Bunch of confused insensitive gatkruipers trying to please president with lack of knowledge.

  • jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-06-01 08:30

    Buthelizi Mangosuthu is very ssilent about the zuma Nudity picture. let us have someone drawing him a susch or King zwelithini and see if the same respond to Zuma will be.

      Patsy - 2012-06-01 10:07

      Hopefully, THEY will have the sense not to make a senseless fuss.

  • Ian - 2012-06-01 08:30

    oh please what a freaking joke, the painting is all wrong, if we didnt have such a dickless , spineless coward for a president this might be different, but he and his gangsters only care about lining there pockets and there parties and overseas shopping sprees and blue light gangster convoys, not this country or its citizens well being, DICKLESS COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Loo - 2012-06-01 08:31

    What is THE POINT OF THIS. Germany have or will have the spear in some rich guys house. The Electronic media (Internet) does not fall under their mandate and its anyway impossible to regulate as it is international intellectual property. The most they can do is to rule that it may not be screened on TV during Telly-Tubby ad breaks basically. PFFFT ,,, I say again what is the f** k**g point ?????

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-06-01 08:40

    waste of time and money. No jurisdiction, no way of enforcing even if it had jurisdiction.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-01 08:41

    PECKERSPEAR FOREVER!! ZOOMER GOT WHAT HE DESERVES!! When he unzips again may he remember!!

  • Piet - 2012-06-01 08:43

    When is this sh.t going to end???? There must be more and better news out there somewhere.

  • Susan - 2012-06-01 08:50

    It is like throwing the baby out with the bath water...the painting is just a symbol not Zuma's real willy is all over the do they plan to ban that...I ask you..

  • Loo - 2012-06-01 09:01

    The DA must launch a complaint with the FPB regarding Ayanda Mbulu's painting now . .... let's see what happens.

      Patsy - 2012-06-01 10:10

      What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Quite right Loo. It's about time this entire subject was treated equally and not racially.

  • cherholdt - 2012-06-01 09:03

    And yet there are people without work, children dying of hunger being molested. People are shot in the street for a cellphone. And we spend time and money on issues like this ????????????????

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-01 09:42

    Oh let's just stop all the crap. Neither the painting nor it's subject nor the supposed angst its caused is worth all the money that has been wasted in fighting the ridiculous claim. Since when is all that more important than the lives that are being destroyed or lost because of the rampant rape in this country. If JZ had put all his efforts into fighting rape we might have saved some poor souls from that destruction.

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-01 09:49

    Black bottle, NO LAWYERS definately THERE WERE NO LAWYERS

  • Johan - 2012-06-01 09:56

    So If they do not classify the painting does that mean the rent a crowd dept at Shell House must must get going again. The graphic designers at New Age is probably working on the posters already.

  • bearpup - 2012-06-01 10:07

  • Patsy - 2012-06-01 10:18

    FPB, please, before you make any judgments on this particular painting, buy a dictionary and look up the word 'PORNOGRAPHY' In the OED it says "explicit description or exhibition of sexual activity in litrature, films etc etc etc. I don't see any of JZ's numerous wives or girlfriends included in this picture - or any other female or male. So, in your wildest imagination, it simply CANNOT be termed pornographic.... PLEASE, enough of this absolute nonsense now!!!

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