Zuma painting defaced at Goodman Gallery

2012-05-22 11:19

Johannesburg - The controversial painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed was defaced by two men at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

One suspect painted a red cross across Zuma's face and genitals while the younger man spread black paint across the artwork.

BBC correspondent Andrew Harding tweeted, "Zuma picture smeared with black paint. Man who did it tells me "picture was offensive." gallery guard assaults him. 2nd man arrested too."

A private security company was guarding the painting at the gallery when the incident happened.

The suspects were arrested and taken to Rosebank police station.

Cape Town artist Brett Murray earlier said his artwork was never meant to hurt anyone but an "attempt at humorous satire of political power and patriarchy within the context of other artworks in the exhibition and within the broader context of South African discourse".

The ANC approached the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday to try and stop the gallery from displaying the 1.85m-high painting titled The Spear, and City Press from carrying a photo of it on its website.

The painting is part of Cape Town artist Brett Murray's Hail to the Thief II exhibition at the gallery.

  • Johana - 2012-05-22 11:22

    ANC thugs. They will come for me and you and everyone that does not agree with them. Mark my words.

      Brad - 2012-05-22 11:25

      Stupid is as stupid does... They just proved a very important fact.

      Naturalcompany - 2012-05-22 11:25

      Yes scary years ahead in this country

      JasonMichelleVanderbijlpark - 2012-05-22 11:25

      Regardless of what it is they have damaged, it still stays "Damage to private property"! Charge the idiots!

      vernon.wolf - 2012-05-22 11:29

      Change your FB profile pic to that of the Brett Murray painting!

      Gichumz - 2012-05-22 11:30

      Greg - 2012-05-22 11:31

      ...the kind of behavior we've come to expect of mindless ANC supporters with no appreciation for anything, tragic...

      dewald.galjaard - 2012-05-22 11:36

      thanks that'll be R139k thank you very much.

      Martin - 2012-05-22 11:36

      regardless everyone has a copy on their pc now, zuma cannot escape his short commings hahahah

      trouzerjazz - 2012-05-22 11:39

      I think its perfect because now its another ANC cover up, its amazing how truthful this work of art has been.

      Tgif - 2012-05-22 11:40

      Try and Paint out every picture on Google you stupid ANC fools !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      stuart.steedman - 2012-05-22 11:44

      They can't deface the Wikipedia article about the painting. That's on there for ever, where no ANC thug can touch it.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:46

      What they fail to realize is now theyve destroyed thier own evidence against Murray. I cant wait for the courts to ask for proof now thats its JZ and theres a penis in the painting

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 11:48

      @ eric_t: Brave? That's not bravery fool, any little jackass Tsotsi can do that, and they just did. Nothing to do with bravery, but then, how would any of you know the true meaning of the word 'bravery'? Spineless cowards that you are.

      Ilze - 2012-05-22 11:51

      Just so that everyone who do not follow all the media reports know: two males did this. Ons White the younger one Black. Very interesting...

      Sharon - 2012-05-22 11:54

      @ Stuart - can you imagine people all over the country splashing red and black paint onto their computer screens? hahahahahaha

      KhaphelaTZ - 2012-05-22 11:54

      @Theresa,"uncultred mentality of the majority", i can only hope that the term majority does not refer to African people!!!!!!!!!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:56

      @KhaphelaTZ - Stop looking for racism you racist

      Marius - 2012-05-22 11:59

      Never thought an exposed totter would cause so much trouble.

      Mfundi - 2012-05-22 12:00

      The artist must make 20 different ones in all colors, except he must use the same face...Zuma's face, lol!

      Byron - 2012-05-22 12:01

      @KhaphelaTZ - only time will tell, it's still early days (in the morning), it only takes an incident like this by 2 individuals to trigger the bigotry and generalizations in some. Wait for it, it will get nastier on this page as the "so-called cultured" respond to the "so-called uncultured"

      ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-05-22 12:03

      Be careful what you say or do because they will send agents to deface,cross you out and paint you black !!!

      Ivy - 2012-05-22 12:04

      DA thugs use media. they will make sure we go back to apartheid.

      Renny - 2012-05-22 12:05

      Oh I love living in SA, never a dull moment. Keep it up

      Arthur - 2012-05-22 12:05

      Just before the protest I said this was going to happen, and that I hoped the gallery had decent private security there. I wonder how the thugs are going to pay the R130 000 owed for the painting. Bunch of cretins with no brains.

      stuart.steedman - 2012-05-22 12:06

      Share this post on Facebook, and change your profile pic (no to censorship!):

      Raj - 2012-05-22 12:07

      How in hell did you arrive at the conclusion they were ANC. The media carried letters, penned by both Black & White, rejecting the painting. Were they all ANC. You and your 491 supporters should have been in Ventersdorp today

      Andres - 2012-05-22 12:08

      Well done... now the ANC-aligned-vandals have made the artist the victim. You could have just waited for the courts or public-outcry, but now by acting in the same manner COSATU did at the DA-march, now the sympathy begins turning against you. Always overplaying the hand they're dealt.

      NrGx - 2012-05-22 12:10

      cant even keep their handy paint work between the black lines!

      KhaphelaTZ - 2012-05-22 12:13

      @ Pete,dont come here and act when people talk about the majority we know that the majority of people in south africa are Black, so please stop being a fool.

      Vernon - 2012-05-22 12:15

      why does the anc always have to 'cover' things up?

      Jacob - 2012-05-22 12:15

      You all probably thinking it black people who done this but surprisingly a a oldish white guy was involved

      John - 2012-05-22 12:16

      Let them come for me and see me smile

      Sean - 2012-05-22 12:16

      @Ivy - DA uses the right channels like civilised people do , unlike certain people with bush mentality or should I rather say no mentality !

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:21

      I hope them criminals get a STIFF fine.. bwaahaaaa

      Arthur - 2012-05-22 12:22

      I reckon every artist in SA should paint Zuma naked. Maybe also international artists. Do a mass Zuma tottie paint off. I'd love to see them try close down "the Twitta" and "the fessbook" and sue everyone or deface all the paintings. Going to start painting my one tonight, who's with me?

      jaco.faling - 2012-05-22 12:23

      And now with all the hype the painting and the image will be written to the history books. Zuma and his cronies will never live this debacle down. If the artist wanted to make a point about bad leadership and the people who follow them, than I think the painting and the story surrounding it can be describe as a success to drive the message home.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:24

      whaahaaa - such a furore. First we had E-Toll, now the E-Tollie scandal!! ROFLMAO

      Morama - 2012-05-22 12:26

      @Theresa,I now felt offended.Please delete your stupid offensive comment and stop painting all with the same brush.

      Martin - 2012-05-22 12:32

      jacob this is the equivalent of hitler putting up a curtain to hide a concentration camp, i chose hitler cos its insulting to you too being compared to nazis.

      marius.dumas - 2012-05-22 12:32

      I'm not a Zuma supporter, but it is not about who you vote for or who the person is. Any paining aimed at an individual, expose their genitals with the aim to humiliate without consent is a violation of basic human rights and dignity. If they can do it to Zuma then they can do it with anyone. I think it is done in bad taste and threatens human rights and dignity more than threatens Zuma. It is not just an attack on Zuma or the ANC, but an attack on the rights of everyone.

      Jacob - 2012-05-22 12:32

      It's strange how people jump to conclusions & make assumptions without knowing the full story. Everyone was assuming that this was done by black people nut got it half right. Theresa your comments are in bad taste.

      Eye's Que - 2012-05-22 12:34

      Ja, pity they can't paint us out as easily!!!

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:35

      WHAAHAAA - I hear the painting is now depicting somebody without balls?Give those guys that did it a Bells! It couldnt be more apt!!! whaaahaaahaaaaahaaaa

      Lucy - 2012-05-22 12:36

      lets see how many protesters line the streets now. Lets see the justice system work now...the sooner these a**holes that supposedly know how to run a country are gotten rid of the better. They are so power and money hungry. They also did not like the elephant sculptures in durban cos that reminded them too much of the IFP. They dont like the Khoisan people either and most probably would destroy that artwork too. EverySouth African of every colour should get a photo of this artwork that has been published, with or without the artists permission and stick it on their front doors. We already targetted with crime so cannot be more targetted.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:37

      @Madiba - I think the painting is worth more now - it shows a man withour Balls! who is laughing now? Eish - and another 2 thugs off the streets as well! Happy days!!

      nkulekweni - 2012-05-22 12:37

      You are scarily right Johana. I cannot believe this. Are we living in a Stalinist state on top of all the corruption and incompetency. Those who value freedom should march to the presidency and demand that we be given the freedom we fought for. That freedom for which countless people died is completely different from what the ANC thugs are peddling. Imagine this act of thuggery and these people think they are fit to be our leaders!!! I am so angry!!!!

      Madiba - 2012-05-22 12:40

      Its freedom of expression damn-it they where expressing what they feel, give them a bells please. lmaoo IIIII LOOOOVE IT. they where collaborating it( have u ever heard of song remix, well this one is called art remix)

      Carina - 2012-05-22 12:46

      oooooooooooooh publicity publicity ........... nice!

      Freddie - 2012-05-22 12:58

      What stupid, ignorant ANC voters they are.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:58

      Eish Collen is here too guys. Darn - there goes the neighbourhood. Well - I have to say that the reaction that this painting of the painting has caused has only made the painting even more famous. Seems like the more they try to cover it up, the worse it gets for them. I have been very entertained!

      nkulekweni - 2012-05-22 13:03 is black people like you that I hate. You are either extremely stupid or you are also partaking of the gravy train. It is not because the ANC government is in the majority black that Brett's painting makes sense, it is becaue the government is largely corrupt. Look over the border at Botswana...led by a black government and the cleanest, least corrupt country in all the developing world. Do the kids there die of hunger adn starvation, do the kids there go short of text books? Look at their education system ect ect ect and then look at us...tolerating dictators and looters of our country and defending them just because they are black. Grow up!!!

      janine.arulnathan - 2012-05-22 13:17


      Edwin - 2012-05-22 13:31

      This was to be expected. Was this the US of A and old Barack with his ding dong hanging out the artist would have disappeared permanently. 2 Guys defacing a portrait of a proud Zulu who also is the president of the country? Not even worth the mention.

      thitos - 2012-05-22 13:35

      I love this video

      monkinsane - 2012-05-22 14:20

      Ivy - Go talk trash somewhere else - your lack of intelligence is annoying me.

      Chrissie - 2012-05-22 15:54

      LOLLLL what a joke! At least everything nicely "covered up" now!

      rowen.loretz - 2012-05-22 22:30

      what is it with all the // power to the people comments at the end of there pathetic comments ? They have no power , the people have no power - only a few elite in government - plonkers!

      Pierre - 2012-05-23 09:16

      I don’t think you can assume the “vandals” are ANC supporters. Maybe they are just people that think this portrayal of somebody else is untoward. They took the law into their own hands, because the law are being tied up with political correctness and goodie to shoes mentality, and the media with the DA are just cowardly exploiting the situation. Give these guys a medal. It is anyway a stupid contemporary nonsense painting that only draws attention due to its shock value. Then just to keep perspective to the past as SA’s have a bit amnesia when it comes to politics. In the late 80’s the film “Cry Freedom” were showing. The National Party dealt with that by blowing up part of one of the movie theaters…(It was proven during an amnesty or other hearing.) But then because there were Homelands, the NP could blow up anti-Apartheid propaganda outside the homelands.

      Smell - 2012-05-23 15:50

      I find it unacceptable that many contributors here find it OK that the democratically elected leader of a country, still scarred by a torrid racial past, is depicted in this fashion. I can just imagine the outcry if Verwoerd, Vorster, PW Botha or De Klerk was depicted in this way. So I can only deduct that many of us remain infected by racism. "Art" is not a legitimate excuse to offend. Not to this extent. Not in a country with a history like South Africa.

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-22 11:23

    Shows you the level of intellect of these people, if you don't like it break it! MORONS!!!

      Ronald - 2012-05-22 11:27

      Then the ANC doesn't like SA very much

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:28

      Our democracy has been saved from this so called one-sided artists.

      Gichumz - 2012-05-22 11:30

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-22 11:32

      @peter, yes maybe but its been replaced by a dicktator...

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:33

      @Peter - Yes because taking the law into your own hands is a sign of democracy, you are an utter fool. Also i like how you used "so called one-sided artists" because you have no proof he is one sided so you just speculate and stir

      KhaphelaTZ - 2012-05-22 11:44

      I wonder who "these" people are that you talk of.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-22 11:46

      @khaphela I'm speaking of the 2 arrested and everyone with a similar persuasion...

      phalane.queen - 2012-05-22 11:48

      @Peter democracy saved when the shoe fits. What do you say about ayanda mabulu's painting?

      richard.fahrenfort - 2012-05-22 11:49

      Yep. Ill say it again: Too late. Everyone has already seen. Its all over the internet. Brett must just paint another one for the buyer. The vandalised one should remain on display as a show of the current sad state of our democracy, lack of respect of the constitution and the indoctrination and cult of personality of these supporters...

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:50

      @KhaphelaTZ - Trying to find racism when there is none, well done you just proved to the entire country that your a racist...

      nmateke - 2012-05-22 11:51

      I would have done that for my father or leader that I support too...being intellect would matter.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-22 11:57

      @nmateke, are you an education refugee? your sentence construction and grammar is horrific!

      KhaphelaTZ - 2012-05-22 12:16

      @Peter i dont need to find them, they always reveal themsleves. Now sit down

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-22 12:19

      Nice try @Khaphela, but Im not a racist Im just anti-stupid.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 12:21

      @KhaphelaTZ - Yea you just proved your point, you have revealed to us that all you look for is something to shout racism at. Also Im comfortable standing, so I'll sit when i feel like it

      Denise - 2012-05-22 18:38

      Nobody needs to attack Zuma’s “dignity”… he is doing a mighty fine job of it himself. In my opinion the painting of Zuma is quite good. There are much worse pictures of him around dancing in animals skins. At least Brett Murray portrays him as a bit sophisticated wearing a western suit and the glasses on his face indicates some level of education. He is being portrayed as Mr. King Dingeling Zuma, sophisticated and learned. So what is all the fuss about? Instead of complaining Zuma should be bragging.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-23 09:37

      The critical mistake in all of these articles is calling his genitals "private parts" I mean seriously those things are streetwise enough to walk to school by themselves.

  • Hallo - 2012-05-22 11:24

    LOL @ painting. Case closed.

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-22 11:44

      hahahahahahaha ahahaha

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:55

      So the ANC is just stupid then for going to court "hahahahahahaha ahahaha" as Poloyatonki would say :P

      Mewik - 2012-05-22 11:59

      If you know anything about art you will know that this act has just made this possibly the most famous and valuable South Africa piece of art ever created? Art is about the message of a work, not a pretty picture on your wall. This picture now speaks a billion words, thus making it more valuable than you can possibly imagine. But yes yes case closed, move on, nothing to see here. Well done anc!! Victory!! Cake for all...sorry not all as in everyone just all as in the more equal than others folk!! Nom nom nom nom

      Felix - 2012-05-22 12:09

      I think they have actually increased the value of the painting. A true reflection of SA now.

      Press - 2012-05-22 12:15

      Does this now mean the ANC agrees and sanctions that we must black out any old or new streetname we dont like . . . . ?

      Hallo - 2012-05-22 12:19

      Mewik - I could not care less. In fact, in our climate, the less provocation out there the better.

      Mewik - 2012-05-22 12:34

      Well it doesn't really matter if you care or not. Either way it still exists whether you acknowledge it or not.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:42

      The painting has become even more famous! The artist sure ot his message across with the defacing! LMML @ the Muppets

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-22 12:42

      ..See a fantastic business opportunity here.. Got a lovely A3 size copy of this fantastic piece of art. Know a few good clay-model artists and have a very strong contact with a pottery. Make a few thousand porcelin models of this and sell as memorabalia. I think it will be a hit and can see money rolling in..Thanks to you, idiotic thugs!!

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:43

      eish - another Trollotonki alert!

  • trudiroos.potter - 2012-05-22 11:24

    Black paint nogal! Someone did not like the smile on that face..............

      Martin - 2012-05-22 12:15

      i see a small spear and i want it painted black

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 12:34

      Don't mention the black paint. If you say "black paint" it might be racist.

      Msika - 2012-05-22 12:59

      Give those men a double of Bell's special reserve!!

  • Sharon - 2012-05-22 11:25

    They won't even be prosecuted. They will be hailed as "patriots" and even have streets named after them. Freedom of speech and expression seems to be extremely one-sided, it only exists on the side of the ANC.

      Hallo - 2012-05-22 11:28

      Artists should be prepared for criticism and any backlash. If they wish to express their freedom of expression, so should others.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-05-22 11:31

      They will be. A R130,000 criminal damage = jail time or a large fine.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:34

      @Hallo - So should politicians... whats your point? two wrongs make a right? Your everything that's wrong with SA

      stuart.steedman - 2012-05-22 11:45

      @Hallo so vandalism is okay, is your basic point? You must be an ANC voter...


      Byron - 2012-05-22 12:06

      @stuart - it's not vandalism - it's on a canvas, so it's art - and no, I don't condone what they've done at all, it was real stupid to paint over a painting especially since it's the subject of pending legal action

      ape.inleathers - 2012-05-22 12:17

      I agree with you. the ANC can do and act anyway they like.Another Zimbabwe

      Hallo - 2012-05-22 12:23

      Peter and Martin especially. Get an education and some balanced perspective you clowns.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 12:35

      @Hallo - If you cant argue your points dont make them public you idiot, name calling only shows how incompetent you are. Which we can all see now. The only person with an unbalanced perspective is you, you only see it as hatred when there are other ways to see the painting. So please take your double standards and shove them

      Martin - 2012-05-22 12:43

      Hallo you clearly like rape, i mean consentual sex, cos by going with the flow you are being consentual, i prefer fighting, you will just stay for breakfast cos you had a nice time!!

      Alan - 2012-05-22 13:01

      @Madiba - great logic there! So you wouldnt mind if somebody exercised a little 'freedom of expression' on you? - 2012-05-22 13:54

      @Hallo - The crime is not against the artist because he has already nsold it. The artist did not commit a crime. If he did then they must prosecute. These vandals have committed a crime. We can't take laws into our own hands

  • dougbal01 - 2012-05-22 11:25

    Why did he go to see it, if you hate porn why watch? I do not agree with his action as the ANC was taking the matter to caught. So the person does not trust the system also even now after 1994?

      regardt1 - 2012-05-22 11:46

      lolz nice spelling of court "caught" keke

      ina.f.chatwind - 2012-05-22 11:59

      Caught????? Who did they catch?

  • Anthony - 2012-05-22 11:25

    Now thats no respect...

  • Mirrorman - 2012-05-22 11:25

    Glad they got arrested. Philistines!

      Sean - 2012-05-22 12:26

      I watched on the news : The guy painting the red cross was all calm and even put the paint brush neatly on top of the paint holder , the other guy smearing the black paint on was more nervous and became a bit rowdy , that was until the security headbutted him.

      Mirrorman - 2012-05-22 12:48

      @Sean: I wonder.... I wonder.... Was this a publicity stunt??

  • AdeleFHM - 2012-05-22 11:25

    OMW! This is shocking! Brett better take action, I'm tired of this leadership in our country it's going NO WHERE!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:36

      @MATHATA - After you

      Fredster - 2012-05-22 11:46 that you in the picture?

      martinh82 - 2012-05-22 11:46

      Painting is already owned by a German collector. Unlike apologetic Brett, this guy will probably sue and press charges, because that is what happens in civilised countries.

      regardt1 - 2012-05-22 11:49

      @MATHATA thats no way to solve a problem, don't like it then f off? you have a lot to learn. Intolerance only breeds more of the same, one day you'll find yourself on the wrong side of it... Then you can decide if you want to f off...

      Schmee - 2012-05-22 11:51

      You are right Martin, you don't mess with the Germans.

      AdeleFHM - 2012-05-22 12:01

      Ag Mathata, shame ! @Martin & Schmee agree you don't want to mess with a German, ouch Also agreeing with most here, how does this solve the problem? This painting went viral already, anyways what's next for breaking news?

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:45

      it's the new E-TOLLIE SCANDAL!

  • Peter - 2012-05-22 11:26

    even the painting being smeared with paint is not going to help, it will just add to its value.

      Martin - 2012-05-22 11:40

      and we all know what is under it

      Felix - 2012-05-22 12:12

      Agreed, true reflection of SA politics now...

      Sean - 2012-05-22 12:29

      I thought the same , maybe it`s worth double now !

      Martin - 2012-05-22 12:34

      yep like hitler saying "der ist nothing to zee ear"

      Bob - 2012-05-22 13:05

      It just looks far too easy to do what they did....

  • nishaatf - 2012-05-22 11:26

    There goes the fun in that , this was done by the ANC them self

      thandierapola - 2012-05-22 13:23

      What if it was? How far would you go to protect your father. As Africans we respect our elders. I may not agree with a lot that Zuma is doing in his, note this, private life, but I was prepared to go damage that photo myself. Next it could be an offensinsive photo of Jesus or Muhammad or King David who had many wives. Despite David's faults God saw it fit to put his story in the bible. Let us put Zuma's private life aside and concentrate on his work. Then we can take our country forward.

      blipsie - 2012-05-22 13:35

      @thandierapola. Maybe if he did some work we can concentrate on it? Zuma has tarnished his own reputation. Shouldnt ones actions be what dictates the respect one receives?

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-22 21:08

      @thandie, concentrate on his work, what work ou are talking about? Zuma working? OMG, that is the first i hear ZOOMER working. the only work he knows is how to keep him occupied with his wifes and the rest of the time is stealing my tax money for him and his corrupt cronies.never compare zoomer to GOD, he is way too low and please do not insult my religion by comparing this excuse of a human being called zuma to GOD!

  • Peter - 2012-05-22 11:26

    Justice served

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:37

      Justice? Lol shame sweetheart were you that upset by it that you think people taking the law into their own hands is justice, maybe you should find a country where your views are agreed with, like China maybe

      martinh82 - 2012-05-22 11:55

      Yes because damage to private property is justice. Look at all the justice that gets handed out each time Cosatu or ANC marches.

  • mxolisi.joloza - 2012-05-22 11:26

    Yes this thugs attack naything that is against their reasoning and thoughts

      patient.mothiba - 2012-05-22 12:04

      ba go loile boss....

      given.makalima - 2012-05-22 17:35

      O jele korobela this boy lol O j

  • Mewik - 2012-05-22 11:26

    I would imagine by doing this they have made the value of this painting increase ten fold. The owner must be loving this.

  • James - 2012-05-22 11:26

    pathetic... wonder how much they get paid 4 it

      Mthokozisi - 2012-05-22 11:58


      clayton.bezuidenhout - 2012-05-22 12:18

      @Mthokozisi Or they just saw the cash in the wallets of those who paid them.

  • khulu.hlongwane - 2012-05-22 11:26


      Martin - 2012-05-22 11:30

      Knob.....and its Bells...chop

      jannie.debeer - 2012-05-22 11:34

      Give them Chivas and AK 47's. Banana Republic. Soon to be on CNN shooting into the abandoned buildings in the once proud city centers from the back of broken Toyota bakkies.

      Christopher - 2012-05-22 11:38

      I agree. Give each one a 'bell' and drop them in the ocean :)

      JouMa - 2012-05-22 11:39

      muppet yes we can hang them from the bell in PRETORIA

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-05-22 12:15

      Yea heavy ones and push them in the sea ............perfect

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 12:35

      No, not yet. Give them each a lead pill then a bells.

  • Bennie - 2012-05-22 11:26

    I think it is official that ANC has beyond reason proved themselves as illiterate thugs of no real value !!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:44

      Yup its gone to court yet they cant wait?

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 11:54

      Over and over and over again......

      KhaphelaTZ - 2012-05-22 12:19

      are you for real.

      Titi - 2012-05-23 11:08

      Australia awaits you if you're not satisfied...please leave quietly

  • Christopher - 2012-05-22 11:27

    HAhahaha...Its going to be woth far more now. It should go into a museum about the struggle for corruption and womanising and respect in South Africa. Geez he can paint another this time with a smaller you know what. If they did not realise its too late its on the internet, now we can just compare the difference...

  • Eben - 2012-05-22 11:27

    Whala, modern art? I think this will add extra value to the painting!

  • Henry.E.S.Moorcroft - 2012-05-22 11:27

    So what. Now he will just have to paint another one and send the painting overseas!!!

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-05-22 11:28

    Ok so no point going to watch the court case against Brett *going back to my work desk* lol

  • TheKingPimp - 2012-05-22 11:28

    They must bloody pay for it! finish and klaar!

      Connie - 2012-05-22 13:57

      Of cause!!!!

  • James - 2012-05-22 11:28

    It is a sad point in one's life when you realise, no matter how hard you work, how dedicated you are, how much blood sweat and tears you put into your career, you will never be as famous as Jacob Zuma's penis.

      Jones.Jacq - 2012-05-22 11:45

      hahahaha I feel inadequate now

  • phathuchicos - 2012-05-22 11:28

    lols...I am speechless.

      phathuchicos - 2012-05-22 11:29

      and whats the reason of going to court now when there is no art work to debate about.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:45

      @The-Azanian - There is non but the ANC will make up a reason since it no longer looks like JZ and there is no longer any evidence

  • KhaphelaTZ - 2012-05-22 11:28

    Whilst we cannot condone vandalism, this action is welcomed!!!!!!!!

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-05-22 11:34

      you really have no idea of the implications of this type of behaviour, do you? When you have a valid comment or critisism of the powerful, what will protect you once all of these protections of law are cut down. Julius has wiped the sh-t out of his eyes 2 years too late. What is going to happen to the average man when someone in power doesn't appreciate his opinion? The thuggish, stupid and irresponsible actions of the current ruling elite are the thing you should be worried about, not 1 artists opinion of a president who cannot keep his prick in his pants.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:58

      I.E. you just condoned it you idiot....

      deonk - 2012-05-22 12:19

      @KhaphelaTZI cannot condone it... but I condone it... ooo the intelligence is strong with this one.

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 12:35

      By whom?

      Sibongile - 2012-05-22 13:07

      Totally agree with you KhaphelaTZ. Some of them, their very own lives have been spared by this action. This portrait angered a lot of people.

  • vernon.wolf - 2012-05-22 11:29

    I propose we all change our FB profile pictures to that of the Brett Murray painting!

      Tgif - 2012-05-22 11:46

      Good one Vernon , I already have like to see these ANC fools trying to paint out every computer screen in South Africa ."Eish man we are so tyyed of this paint job nauuw Eish Man Hauww !!! lets rather buy somr KFC and Beers"

      kagiso.nuru - 2012-05-22 17:25

      i'll do the same

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-05-22 11:29

    Not surprised here......

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-22 11:29

    The buyer is going to want his R 136 000 back ...

      Daryn - 2012-05-22 11:34

      Perhaps not, would like to get it reevaluated maybe, perhaps the infamy will up the value?

      Mewik - 2012-05-22 11:53

      Yeah the painting is now worth an absolute fortune. The owner didn't buy a picture he bought the message it conveys. Anyone can make a pretty picture.

  • heather.macalister - 2012-05-22 11:29

    reminds me of Mr Bean in the Bean movie where he wipes out the face in the Whistler Painting....

  • Vusi - 2012-05-22 11:30

    Ayeye, this is don't come with your west tendencies here lmao

      Christopher - 2012-05-22 11:41

      Hahaha..good one Stille..

      Vusi - 2012-05-22 11:57

      take them and leave our peaceful land...

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 11:59

      Oh Vusi, you guys are just so damn stupid you put your big foot in it every time. Just about anything you possess that is worth having has it's origins in the Western (or Colonial) world, and then you go and make a statement like that. What a Chop!!!!

      Franklyn - 2012-05-22 12:07

      give back your computer you idiot and get off the internet.

      Vusi - 2012-05-22 12:08

      Case dismissed, next time you will learn not to insult elders kwaaaaakwaaaa

      patient.mothiba - 2012-05-22 12:09

      @Stille you're sick and mentally tired...

      Francois - 2012-05-22 12:10

      Vusi, with all respect, you realise if you loose all you will be looking like Zimbabwe, without food and people suffering. Do you think the every person in this country share your view. I really didn't ask to be born in this country, but I also don't want people like you to give it to the dogs. When will you realise that the leaders you "look" up to does not really care about you OR me as the individual?

      Francois - 2012-05-22 12:13

      Oh and one more thing... Our land isn't peaceful. People are getting killed by everyone in this country irrespective of skin color. In Zim all the farmers have left and now it's factions killing each other. The whole of Zim is in South Africa if you haven't realized it by now.

      Vusi - 2012-05-22 12:18

      Ladies and Gentlemen the artwork was indecent, and something had to be done about it. So it's all done lets get back to Company needs to make some money

      Peter - 2012-05-22 12:27

      @Vusi - And who proclaimed you the master of what is indecent? Or a tool just like the ANC wants you to be, congratulations you have now been promoted to the head of the flock

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:27

      @Vusi - I little late for that - the E-Tollie Scandal is already laughing stock around the world.

      debbie.aht - 2012-05-22 12:28

      @ Vusi what land,this is Gods creation that u vandalise,He made heaven and earth and Gods creations will outlive us all.

      Vusi - 2012-05-22 12:33

      hey don't come here and tell me about God, I dont believe in God I believe in Amadlozi I am an African

      Franklyn - 2012-05-22 12:41

      if you dont like open-minded thinking then go back to central africa where your fore-fathers originated from.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:47

      personal opinion here Vusi - you may not believe in God, but yousure need Him!

      Mark - 2012-05-22 12:51

      where will the masses of unemployed ANC supporters gather to protest? courthouses are western too

      Vusi - 2012-05-22 13:00

      Now this will teach this guy not to mess up with the elders, this will probably cost more than the price of the painting itself lol

      debbie.aht - 2012-05-22 16:18

      @ vusi what peacefull land are you talking about,do ever know what a land luk like ,shame poor thing and he does not belief in God.come to my hometown then i will show u what land luk like and what i have a accomplish,idioot en n stuk drol.

  • Sematla - 2012-05-22 11:30

    SQUINCH! 50-50.

      javaslovers - 2012-05-22 11:58

      chris,u nutter

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-05-22 11:30

    There you go President Zuma - You represent criminal thugs who do not respect freedom!!!!

  • trudiroos.potter - 2012-05-22 11:30

    Gives new meaning to the song "Paint it black" Rolling Stones.

  • Xzaviera - 2012-05-22 11:30

    Defacing the painting is gonna up the value of the painting ... wait and see...

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-22 21:22

      @Trudiroos, do not worry, tomorrow zoomer will sing " black is black, i want my penis (opps!painting) back"!

  • Claire - 2012-05-22 11:31

    This is disgusting behaviour and shows a complete lack of tolerance for differing views. Zuma brought this on himself... no artist would have depicted Madiba similarly.

  • riana.bruynslombard - 2012-05-22 11:32

    What a disregard for art!! Can you imagine how valuable that painting could have become??? Sad sad sad!

      Heinz - 2012-05-22 12:52

      Remember that savage, illiterates don't enjoy art like we do. They do enjoy KFC, but that's not art.

      Rob - 2012-05-22 13:06

      It now expresses double the meaning it had in its origional state! The idiots have more probably made the painting many times more valuable in the defaced state.

      Keith - 2012-05-23 07:07

      But it really wasn't Art. Bet you that Murray's paintings will increase in value because of this; he is now world famous!

  • Eben - 2012-05-22 11:32

    HaHaHa!"face doesnt matter, everyone by now knows whose "willy" that is!

  • Aphiwe - 2012-05-22 11:33

    Haven't read it yet but yet plz give those men a bellz, (purely coz I reli don't care 4 this whole damn thing n I find it hillarious) this just made ma day, whew, haven't laughed this much in a while. People are silly out there #dead#

  • Richard - 2012-05-22 11:33

    almost like Nazi Germany in the 30's

  • happanaphox - 2012-05-22 11:33

    lol i say give that man a medal or a bottle of BELL'S.......

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 12:03

      Sorry, one got assaulted and arrested, and the other also arrested. Doesn't sound like much of a celebration does it? Sorry no Bells - just the treatment two jackass little Tsotsi's deserve.

      Erna - 2012-05-22 12:30

      Maybe Zuma will pay their bail??

      heinrichbooysen - 2012-05-22 16:01

      maybe he will pay the bail with his balls....

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-22 11:33

    This is getting out of hand.

      Connie - 2012-05-22 13:59

      You can say that again

  • michele.menetrierlimacher - 2012-05-22 11:33

    Sad is a country who fought for freedom only to become so intolerant .......... Some sad years ahead .....

  • Andrew - 2012-05-22 11:33

    Typical of this ANC thug govt. A bunch of criminals and nothing more. A complete scumbag regime.

  • - 2012-05-22 11:33

    Here we go again, i smell an uprising watch the space my chinas

  • Timothy - 2012-05-22 11:34

    haha... I hope the rest of the world is enjoying this pathetic south african soapie! this story just gets better and better! It is sad that our news over the last few days has been occupied with this painting. There are more pressing matters.... anyway the damage is done and the whole world gets to see how pathetic south africa is!

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 12:22

      The rest of the world doesn't care. South Africa's not that big, you know...

      Erna - 2012-05-22 12:30

      You wrong Salee, we're the laughing stock of the world!

      Saleé - 2012-05-22 12:47

      The world is rather preoccupied, trying to save Greece, Spain and Italy.

      Kirsten - 2012-05-22 14:25

      hello my friend- you're right- clearly people belkow havent googled world news to see how far spreading this is

  • James - 2012-05-22 11:34

    How are they going to sort out the online pics? Throw paint on your screen? Morons...

      eve.carrington - 2012-05-22 11:39

      No they are probably stupid enough to try tippex thou!

      Christopher - 2012-05-22 11:45

      they gonna blister their fingers by clicking undo. lol

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-22 21:26

      they will make a law to state that all computer screen should be tippex friendly!

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-05-22 11:34

    This is good news.

      Stille - 2012-05-22 11:40

      im making it my profile pic. idea. Lets start a campaign to have the image spread further on the internet. whoohoooo

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-05-22 11:53

      First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:29

      Trollotonki alert

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:30

      r Paul - I think Trolly has already painted over his screen.. LMAO

      Jacqui - 2012-05-22 13:45

      Gordon, it would have been nice if you had mentioned the great man's name that penned these classical words.

      Mike - 2012-05-22 17:21

      @Jacqui: You could have mentioned it too: Pastor Martin Niemöller.

      Gordon - 2012-05-22 19:17

      actually it is under dispute somewhat, but if you insist.

  • Ben - 2012-05-22 11:34

    Bogom bogom

  • happanaphox - 2012-05-22 11:34

    LOL i say give that man a medal or a bottle of BELL'S..........

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 12:05

      Sorry, one got assaulted and arrested, and the other also arrested. Doesn't sound like much of a celebration does it? Sorry no Bells - just the treatment two jackass little Tsotsi's deserve.

      Alan - 2012-05-22 12:31

      maybe some CANE rather?

  • adrian.boulle - 2012-05-22 11:35

    Well he can always just paint another portrait. Next time he can make the privates bigger. LOL

      Michael - 2012-05-22 11:49

      I think smaller would be more appropriate given their pre-adolescant reactions

      regardt1 - 2012-05-22 11:57

      or smaller?.... haha lolz

      Franklyn - 2012-05-22 12:00

      The painting has now moved from the realms of debatable art into definate iconography,it is now a valuable and illuminating part of our history and needs to be preserved !

      Keith - 2012-05-23 07:12

      Franklyn, put it in the Apartheid Museum.