Zuma painting draws protest crowd

2012-05-22 11:06

Johannesburg - As promised by the ANC, hundreds of people carrying posters slamming a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma toyi-toyied outside the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

At the Goodman Gallery The Spear painting was smeared with black paint.

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."

Wearing T-shirts proclaiming: "President Zuma has the right to human dignity and privacy" in the same red and black as the Brett Murray painting the ANC wants removed, his supporters sang songs and ululated in Kruis Street, opposite the court.

Glossy posters with the ANC logo saying "We say no! To abuse of artistic expression" were held aloft as a man dressed in military camouflage led the group in song and chanting.

A large ANC branded stage backed into Pritchard Street opposite court and traffic was diverted for the application by Zuma and the ANC.

They want the Goodman Gallery, which is exhibiting the painting which shows Zuma's genitals, to remove it because it violates his and the party's right to dignity. They also want City Press to remove images of the painting from its website.

Both the gallery and City Press have refused.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-22 11:08

    Paint has been thrown onto the painting...its going to be worth more now!!hahaha

      Christopher - 2012-05-22 11:09

      It will be a painting for the cause of South Africas Future! It should go into a museum now!!

      Christopher - 2012-05-22 11:12

      Paint another one with smaller balls this time!

      Gichumz - 2012-05-22 11:13

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:15

      "because it violates his and the party's right to dignity" lol the ANC is making it their problem now

      Sharon - 2012-05-22 11:20

      I wonder how the new owner of the painting feels now that his investment has been destroyed. It truly is a sad day for freedom of expression in South Africa :-(

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-22 11:28

      i like the way it was "black" paint hahahaha!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:30

      @Sharon - You will probably find its increased in value because it now involves even more controversy lol

      Surfing - 2012-05-22 12:07

      Where did the money come from for those posters etc.?

  • jacques.joubert.swart - 2012-05-22 11:10

    The rent-a-crowd industry is happy now that the Malema bandwagon has passed... more high-profile court cases!

  • Riad - 2012-05-22 11:10

    Who would foot the bill for this case, would this come out from the tax payers coffers considering that this as nothing to do with state issue?

      Riad - 2012-05-22 11:18

      All these poster and T-shirts that's printed, was this paid for from our taxes?

  • Lucy - 2012-05-22 11:10

    Could ONE JUST ONE of these protesters please tell me what they know about art -or freedom of expression - and name an artist - any artist - at all. Suppose they maybe just maybe would know how to do paint by number or connect the dots - but I doubt that could even do that.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:20

      Its a rent a mob from the ANC, there's no reason to toyi-toyi anything. The court is the only justice system needed. I dont understand the ANCs logic behind this. Now they are just going to look like a bunch of morons if the court passes judgement in favor of Murray. Once again no logic used only emotions

  • Gichumz - 2012-05-22 11:13

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-05-22 11:16

    This spear thing stinks of political distraction... Tomorrow we're gonna wake up with the painting removed,the tolls activated, info bill passed into law and Malema as president...

  • Peter - 2012-05-22 11:22

    Why doesnt the same mob toyi-toyi about the lack of medicine in hospitals, No books in schools halfway through the year, Corruption, nepotism, fraud, the R30 billion wasted on e-tolls that is now going to affect all pensioners black or white or service delivery, the rest of the country protests about service delivery they are seriously misguided if this requires a mob to chant songs about

  • Shirley - 2012-05-22 11:22

    Realy cant these people protest about the important things-crime,service delivery???By their actions they are just attracting more attention to it. The black artist who painted a similar picture a while back,has his painting on the net and is still being viewed. This is much ado about nothing-literally! Get over your self already!

      Peter - 2012-05-22 11:25

      My sentiments exactly, all they are showing the world is how backwards we are. Their argument is that a painting makes us look bad, well what does what they are doing show to the rest of the world we arent? Defiling public property is a criminal offence those 2 should be sentenced heavly for taking the law into their own hands

  • George - 2012-05-22 11:32

    Racists can't hide behind the constitution and get away with obvious display of disrespect for Africans. . Soon we will have to resort to drastic measures including violence to stop this. It is becoming clear that some white people have no respect whatsoever for Africans and African culture. We can't keep rushing to the courts to denounce racism.

      Maredi - 2012-05-22 11:44

      Mpaketsane, tla ke go botse fa warra, that painting has got nothing to do with Africans but everything to do with a womanizing president with 4 wives,a fiancee, girlfriends all over the place, 22 children and 13 children out of wedlock. The man has lost all sense of shamefulness. He deserves to be lampooned in every way possible.

      Shirley - 2012-05-22 11:45

      blah blah!!

      Maredi - 2012-05-22 11:46

      By the same token the ANC can't keep rushing to courts to defend such a flawed character that sleeps with his friends' children.

      mholthuysen - 2012-05-22 11:48

      Is this racist too painted 2 years ago by a "black" African artist... Have a look in the mirror - that is the only racist you are going to see.

      Plett - 2012-05-22 11:49

      If you want respect, you have to EARN it. Respect is NOT a RIGHT. If Zuma was a true statesman, a person of integrity, with morals and dignity, worthy of honour and respect, I bet you nobody would paint paintings that disrespect him. Please get over yourself - this is not a display of disrespect for Africans or African culture. This is social commentary on a "leader" who has no self-control, no respect for women, who openly incites violence against a portion of the population and who can't keep his privates private. What the heck has Jacob Zuma done that deserves (nevermind demands) any respect whatsoever? Play the race card idiot, it's the only card you've got.

      Stirrer - 2012-05-22 12:58

      Why is the painting racist? Don't black dudes have dicks? "some white people have no respect whatsoever for Africans and African culture" - now I'm REALLY confused. Black women to tribal dances with their boobs exposed. To it looks like shameless nudity is part and parcel of black culture, so what is wrong with the painting?

  • George - 2012-05-22 11:43

    I commend the white comrade who stood firm and defaced the so called painting. He is one in a million. I will contribute to his legal fees.

      Felix - 2012-05-22 12:37

      Love the pic on your profile. A clear indication of the respect you hold for your culture.

  • B.Rabit - 2012-05-22 12:03

    Hundreds of members ?? are you serious?? Its a stupid painting. Why doesn't the ANC gather its supporters and strike for the Youth Wage Subsidy to get put in place instead of throwing paint around?

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-05-22 12:16

    Dont these people have jobs?

  • Johann - 2012-05-22 12:20

    The Jobless people, please go and apply for Youth Development Fund. Leave the person alone that knows to express they freedom of expression. What happen ANC, U have made the rules so stick to it. THIS IS LIKE A BALLOON THAT BURST IN YOUR FACES.

      Johann - 2012-05-22 12:24

      O Yes forgot.... Youth Development Fund held back, because all ANC and Cosatu is in COURT to defend a painting .... The second Balloon is on its way.

  • Bavumile Vum-Vum Mkhize - 2012-05-22 12:22

    Im tired of hearing this, wrong or ryt it seems as if people hv ran out things to complain about. Hv we 4goten about high corruption whch result in non-service delivery.

  • mzeelie - 2012-05-22 12:34

    Did you see the posters? Looks like a sponsored event!

  • monique.feilingrawjee - 2012-05-22 12:51

    dont these people have jobs??? why don't they protest over poverty or crime - money wasted printing posters over this nonsense...

  • ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-05-22 13:01

    okay good for them,ANC can we go back to corruption(mdluli and half Jay Z cabinet), e-toll(gauteng), potholes (free state).

  • Phillip - 2012-05-22 13:12

    Those who went to toyi toyi infront of JHB Court are blind,Zuma is a womaniser there's no need to worry about his picture he must first stop raping woman then we can start to support him.showerhead

  • Bob - 2012-05-22 13:14

    I think it’s so pathetic how the blacks are allowed to sing anything, but we can’t have a simple painting. The only racist thing about all of this stuff, is the racist attitude of our government. BBBEE affirmative action and so on... IT SUCKS..!! Viva DA Viva...

      thabani.alfred - 2012-05-22 13:29

      Wt r û trying to say Rôb?is ths painting yours n yo people now? You r pathetic!

  • debbie.aht - 2012-05-22 13:41

    I think Zumas so-called comrades wanted to take Murrays picture off the wall to wash it under the shower,hhahahahaha,It all they can do toyi -toyi wasting time and money and still wants to earn a salary for the day,

  • wayne.g.giles - 2012-05-23 23:30

    If Murray was a racist, he would not have fought against apartheid... If only the unemployed rent-a-crowd knew that he is painting it as it is. This is such a waste of time and again many exploiting their time and energy in trivial rubbish instead of really concentrating on the pending problems at hand. We need to stand up as a nation and grab all the corrupt politicians by the balls (excuse the pun) and demand they do what they they were voted for to do. They are definitely accountable for their actions and its time they are held accountable. Enough said..

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