ANC ready for art battle

2012-05-24 07:21

Johannesburg - The ANC is ready for its High Court action against the Goodman Gallery and City Press over a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma's with exposed genitals, it said on Wednesday.

"We are more than ready," said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

"We have done all that the court wanted us to do. We have filed heads of argument and a lot of people are coming to defend the image of the ANC and Msholozi [Zuma] tomorrow [Thursday]," he said.

Asked how the ANC felt after the arrests of four people on charges associated with the painting called The Spear, he said: "The fact of the matter is that it has outraged not four people, it has outraged millions of people.

"Millions and millions are offended, and those millions are not necessarily black people only. They find it insulting."

Earlier on Tuesday, George Moyo appeared in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court for allegedly spray-painting part of the word "respect" on a wall at the gallery.

Barend la Grange and Louis Mabokela later appeared in the same court for painting a red cross over the genitals on the painting and smearing black paint on it respectively.

They were all charged with malicious damage to property and were released on bail of R1 000 each.

Zuma won't be at court

Also on Wednesday, gallery guard Paul Molesiwa, 36, appeared in the same court for alleged assault and was granted R1 000 bail.

He was filmed head-butting and flipping Mabokela on to the floor as he tried to cable-tie his wrists.

Zuma would be delivering a lecture on one of the ANC's founders Pixley ka Seme in the Eastern Cape at the time of the hearing, Mthembu said.

"We knew he would not be there," he said. "Our lawyers, and the lawyers of Zuma's children and family are ready and we are quite confident that we will make a good showing," he said.

Zuma's children applied to join the case on Tuesday.

Mthembu said the ANC did not condone the incidents that occurred on Tuesday, but felt that the sentiments showed outrage.

The ANC and Zuma applied to have the picture removed on the grounds that it violated Zuma and the party's dignity and rights.

After his court appearance La Grange said: "A High Court must get involved for a painting? It took me 15 seconds to get rid of the painting."

In the meantime, imitations of the painting are popping up on the internet, including one of DA leader Helen Zille, which she laughed off, and it has already inspired at least two advertisements.

  • Peter - 2012-05-24 07:25

    STOP WASTING MY TAX MONEY! Go find the sicko that murdered the 5month old baby and his caretaker. OR go fire MEC Humphrey Mmemezi.

      kabelo.leballo - 2012-05-24 07:29

      How about they be ready for fighting unemployment, service delivery and corruption?! these idiots' priorities are upside down!

      Peter - 2012-05-24 07:33

      @kabelo.leballo - Spot on my friend! the painting is down, the exhibition is closed, the painting was vandalized. Everything they wanted has happened. Yet they still waste our money and the Courts time. They must move on FFS, they are so full of themselves

      Foodfor - 2012-05-24 07:40

      I am really interested to see that if the ANC had put the same effort and dedication towards fighting corruption amongst their own members, as they did for this painting, what a better place SA could have been by now...

      deabreu - 2012-05-24 07:41

      While poeple are still poor, people die in hospitals and kids are hungry at schools because the government are enriching themselves & wasting money, a rich and powerful man used an entire country for HIS own agenda - to remove a picture that HE did not like. This one man used propaganda and all government tactics, including making it a racial issue, so that HE could have HIS personal way. No-one cared before. This painting is NOT OUR problem, it is HIS personal problem. But he used ALL of us to do his dirty work!! Freedom and equality to everyone, and not just the elite few.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-24 07:41

      Bully taking on a weakling. This is racist if ever something in this country was. You are our 'hero' Zip-it-up Zuma; mobilizing the state and the rabble to fight a gallery and a single artist using our tax money. Grow up.

      Tuco - 2012-05-24 07:43

      This is mind manipulation. There are far much more important issues to report. The media hype around this stupid painting is just getting ridiculous.

      melania.nel - 2012-05-24 07:55

      I agree 100%!!! And they are so blind that they don't breath a word on the much worse painting of zuma by Ayanda Mabula. I hope someone distributes flyers with those paintings depicted on them!

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-24 07:59

      Corrupted goverment, F@uck you and your e-tolls

      Rob - 2012-05-24 08:00

      Couple of nights ago the wife was on her way to fetch someone at the airport. Phoned to say was caught speeding on a camera at a spot we know there is a camera. Very innocently said to me that she thought they took the cameras down at night time I laughed and said HONEY we can only wish the service delivery was only half as good, what a wonderful country this would be!!! LOL

      theO rAcLe - 2012-05-24 10:43

      Check this out

      Bob - 2012-05-24 13:54

      ANC ready for art battle, everything is a fight to the ANC, not a debate, not a discussion...always a fight...

  • Surfing - 2012-05-24 07:26

    If only you were ready to govern a country.

      Koos - 2012-05-24 07:40

      That means work.

  • Bennie - 2012-05-24 07:27

    ANC is becoming less relevant each day !!!

      Peter - 2012-05-24 07:29

      Agreed, focus all their energy on this while MEC Humphrey Mmemezi goes around spending thousands of rand of tax payers money of clothes

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-24 07:40

      Clothes and hamburgers Peter ... R 10 000 worth of hamburgers disguising an "artwork" he bought from McDonalds???

      Peter - 2012-05-24 07:45

      @carpejugulim - Yea WTF kind of artwork do you want to buy at McDonalds? A statue of Ronald?

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-24 09:36

      bwahahaha Peter might be Ronald or it might be one hellova big hamburger ... a giant mcmeal

      Jacqui - 2012-05-24 11:32

      Can you imagine if they lose the elections one day?. What anarchy will be in for then?.

  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-05-24 07:30

    Talk about screwed up prioritization!!!

      John - 2012-05-24 08:21

      I see the people of Kwa-Thema are having their dignity impaired by poor service delivery, but to the ANC it is much more important to waste taxpayers money on a court case on a picture that would be laughed out of court in most civilised countries

  • JoCL89 - 2012-05-24 07:35

    Because a painting is more important that our country's education, high unemployment and high crime rate. The ANC is great in prioritising.

  • Koos - 2012-05-24 07:39

    He is afraid the judge wants to compare size and he is found short.

  • Tuco - 2012-05-24 07:40

    Media mind manipulation. We are being manipulated to focus on this stupid painting for a week now whilst real issues are being side lined. There are far much more important issues. REALLY NOW!!

  • Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-05-24 07:41

    A waste of time, waste of money and waste of resources. Rather put that effort into finding the murderer of the 5 month old baby and getting school books to young learners, for a start!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-24 07:42

    Oh wow woopee, government must be sooo proud of themselves.

  • Jacques - 2012-05-24 07:44

    Lemme see if I got this right... A 5 month old baby is strangled, people are without water and services, a very senior police officer might or might not be a murderer, and yet here we are, the most important issue is a piece of canvas? It's not the Shroud of Turin, move along. This country should be in a straightjacket.

  • timothy.martin.9655 - 2012-05-24 07:44

    The artist has caused an absolutely unnecessary debacle. Why paint anybody with his genitals hanging out, surely there are better things to paint, he and all those that are protesting and carrying on about this should go and find a real job, well perhaps that is why this whole debacle has come about , because there are few real jobs available. But this artist is a fool, really.

      Peter - 2012-05-24 07:51

      We can go round and round in circles with this all day. There wouldnt have been a painting to begin with if JZ was a good president. The problem is the ANC blows everything out of proportion so they can look like the Hero. Going to court to stop the public display of a painting thats no longer on public display, its the most irrational waste of money since the e-tolls

      nicola.kaden - 2012-05-24 07:55

      You obviously have no idea why Brett Murray painted The Spear do you? The face is Zuma's, the body is that of Lenin and the penis is arbitrary. It simply depicts how people in power misuse it for personal gain. He's not just simply painting Zuma and his penis as a hobby. Artists do tend to think before they create, in case people were wondering.

  • annaline - 2012-05-24 07:45

    Mr Zuma, please get over yourself and your stupid painting...a baby of 5 months has been murdered and you carry on about a stupid painting...get your priorities straight please.....we cannot live in this lawless country are waisting time and money dammit....

  • Jason - 2012-05-24 07:45

    Wish they put this much effort and passion into education. Problems would be resolved!

  • Henry - 2012-05-24 07:48

    Wow. Lets deflect attention away from the anc's gross mismanagement of the country,away from sunday times exposure of malema's millions,away from the murderous mdluli.......lets fight a supposed race issue.A painting for Pete's sake. Phuk the anc. Burn in hell terrorists

  • Ryno - 2012-05-24 07:49

    anc has lost touch with reality: it is time for change - they are have not played any role in reconsiliation / nationbuilding / change for the better in the last 12 years

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-24 07:54

    "Millions and millions are offended..." Proof? Are more people offended by a painting than by a blue light vehicle knocking down a boy or a politician stealing millions or a man raping a baby or thugs murdering a farmer ? If the ANC stands for the people, where is the court action for these cases? One can only conclude that the ANC does not stand for the people, but only for itself.

  • Dominique - 2012-05-24 07:55

    I think it is pethetic that the ANC goes on about it and call it that the white people are racesd over black people but you can have paintings of black women showing there boobs dont you think that is discrimenating

  • melania.nel - 2012-05-24 07:55

    And they are so blind that they don't breath a word on the much worse painting of zuma by Ayanda Mabula. I hope someone distributes flyers with those paintings depicted on them!

  • farmfreund - 2012-05-24 07:59

    news 24 just f-off i am SA living in Europe please bring news not bullS... is there nothing els to report about than a painting of some rino, please come onn, bring some real news. or is the afirmative action catching up with you................................................

  • UNITY - 2012-05-24 07:59

    Just Great, if the painting hasn't painted thie picture by now, then everyone, in this country for and against this painting have all missed the boat!! We are wasting time ,energy and tax payers money every time the ANC says let's take it to court. Does anyone ever care about political reform that has values such as one partner,safe sex with a condom, and family planning? Does anyone care about political unrest ,due to lack of service delivery, Job creation,investment, implementation of youth wage subsidies, getting the economy rolling. Scrapping the e-tolls which is more wastefull expenditure and tax payers money. Sorry Mr Finance MR , where is comrade Sibusiso now!! In hiding, his loud mouth arrogant attitude, like the rest of what ANC stands for, a dictatorship government! So when Mr President says he knows what he is doing! The question is do u have more of the right people to suuport your leadership, or will the control of power dictate your existance in the country. We fail to get the basics right each time, more humphrey memezi's in the paper each day, what kind of leadership is this? More convicted heavyweights in hospitals then in prison!

      Freedom - 2012-05-24 10:01

      am so with u Unity.. this morning on the News they were discussing African day 25/05/2012.. and an representative with an American accent mention, it does not mean if you are born in Africa you are African, it when Africa is born in you, o and the colour of your skin. So Shalk, and Pieter and Visnathan and Tom, Marie, Tiffany born in south africa is not african

  • Ngwana - 2012-05-24 08:00

    *We are more than ready,* said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu. I wish you could be ready to get rid of incompetent high officials, corruption, thugs in SAPS, bad service delivery, and so on. During world cup, the country showed how to deal with crimes effectively and efficiently, now things have gone to where they used to be. I wonder how much of tax payers money has been spent so far in high court to get rid of the spear, of which is impossible. Chasing the wind...

  • bernard.bracka - 2012-05-24 08:01

    Meanwhile lions(criminals) will be getting ready to us...while tamers are busy chasing the flies.

  • Tax - 2012-05-24 08:01

    Disgusting, crude,offensive and immoral. I'm talking about the ANC not the painting.

  • kirsti.a.usher - 2012-05-24 08:02

    What a trivial matter to be wasting funds on. There are far more pressing socio- economic issues that require attention. Insecurity and ego clearly form the basis of this case and come first, rather than a country that requires and adequate leader. Why is it that Helen Zille can laugh off a subjective display by an artist, knowing that there are important issues to be dealt with, whilst Zuma cannot.

      cyprianm1 - 2012-05-24 08:16

      Are you saying an old man who maybe older than your father should be humiliated like that in public like that? What it was your father? Would you just let it go?i dont think so.

      Peter - 2012-05-24 08:21

      @cyprianm1 - Are you saying you like your tax money wasted? Or are you one of those that doesnt pay tax? You dont even know why they are going to court, stop showing your stupidity

  • Mavhungu Vincent - 2012-05-24 08:04

    Let them go to court, it is their rights like what murray did. No one is clean who are you to judge. No matter how bad zuma might be, no one has to violate his rights. You all talking talking, shut up. Last week you were too much talking about the DA guy who got injured at the march.

      Peter - 2012-05-24 08:14

      Apparently you completely miss understand why they are going to court. its not to defend the rights of Zuma but to get the picture taken out of the public eye, which has been done already. So all they are doing is wasting, wait for it... YOUR money, yes YOUR tax money. I know its early in the morning but lets wake up to reality

  • Mavhungu Vincent - 2012-05-24 08:05

    Let them go to court, it is their rights like what murray did. No one is clean who are you to judge. No matter how bad zuma might be, no one has to violate his rights. You all talking talking, shut up. Last week you were too much talking about the DA guy who got injured at the march.

      Peter - 2012-05-24 08:16

      "Last week you were too much talking about the DA guy who got injured at the march." Again you missed the entire thing, im suprised your body functions properly with the lack of common sense you have. It was not about the person who was injured but the rights of the DA to march that COSATU denied them of and the violently attacked them

      Mavhungu Vincent - 2012-05-24 09:45

      Same as zuma, He has the rights to go to court.

  • nicola.kaden - 2012-05-24 08:08

    I'm just waiting for Brett Murray to jump out and say \surprise! You all were part of a performance piece!\ People should view his earlier art and the other pieces of the exhibition before jumping to conclusions.

  • peter.mcfie - 2012-05-24 08:09

    since when did it become a capital crime to express the way you feel ? Are our politicians now art critics too? Stop wasting our tax money Mr Zuma, the courts are very busy dealing with real issues. Why dont you put your pride aside for a minute because this smacks of the old regime and their obsession to control / censor media for their own betterment. Sir you are a public figure,keep a level head for all of our sakes, dissmiss this as garbage and move on dont use it as a lightning rod to cause upheaval.

  • rainqueen.manamela - 2012-05-24 08:14

    I'm stil angry wth th security guard.very angry....if he ws my Man I wudhv dumped him 4 wht he did 2 tht boy,it wsnt necessary xem.*fuming*

      richardman.mgabhi - 2012-05-24 08:21

      Stupid security gaurd. Mxn. Am gala he got what he deserve.

  • tendy.nevhutanda - 2012-05-24 08:17

    Wasting taxpayer's money with some stupid art battle.just get over it.

  • bernard.herbert.9 - 2012-05-24 08:21

    People can come out in their masses to defend the image of the ANC and Zuma all they want, but only their own lives, and track record has done damage to such an irrepairable degree, some silly painting could never touch that! Why dont you rather spend the money putting more homeless people in homes... THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR IMAGE!

  • Kegomoditse - 2012-05-24 08:22

    However the President is going to fight the Art, He had lost whatever he is trying to protect long before the Art... Crime Rate is rising, Poverty is striking South Africa, 11.5 million children are living in Poverty and apparently one of 8 children infected with HIV globally lives in South Africa, 1.5 million kids is South Africa lives in homes with not flushing toilets...DID THE PRESIDENT HEAR ABOUT THE CHILD KILLED IN DELMAS?

      leoa.martins - 2012-05-24 09:25

      I'm sure he heard about it, but does he care? This painting issue is much more important in his eyes. A good president would go to the painting, endorse it with his signature, and he would be seen as a hero. But instead he will waste whoevers money (definitely not his own) on fighting HIS cause. Sad state of affairs when you have a president who cares more about himsekf than his people and our country!

  • Ettiene - 2012-05-24 08:33

    Fighting artwork is more important than fighting crime.How about getting the sickos who killed the 5 month old baby.Zapiro better watch it ,the anc is comming for him.The rulling party is failing in every way.Time for new rulling party.

  • joanita.hilton - 2012-05-24 08:34

    Isn't the ANC always ready for some trivial battle of some sort? Lets not pay attention to issues that matter, like homeless hungry people dying in the cold, out of control unaffordable Electricity prices, unemployment etc... Lets all rush down to court to defend some 'spear' painting, that, just so by the way, has been X'd. What a waste of the

  • rick.pretorius1 - 2012-05-24 08:39

    What a joke! its a painting!

  • ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-05-24 08:40

    take my advise ANC watch prison break

  • braamc - 2012-05-24 08:41

    Rather be ready govern honestly and with integrity your dick!

  • Shaheed - 2012-05-24 09:14

    ANC are on the verge of fighting for the dignity of one person, what happened to the dignity of millions of people that live in poverty, and hunger due to their corruption and mismanagement of funds.

  • colin.langley - 2012-05-24 09:17

  • Polotic - 2012-05-24 09:32

    This is becoming ridiculous and smacks at double standards. Artist Ayanda Mbulu painted a picture of various state leaders including Zuma with his penis encased in the elbow support of a crutch and with Bishop Tutu with his genitals prominently displayed. No objections were raised from the very quarters that are expressing moral outrage and calling for the artist to be stoned to death. Could it be that the complainants have another agenda which they have not shared with us (Diverting the attention of the masses from the real issues facing this country).

  • GerhardVO - 2012-05-24 09:37

    This is a classic example of propaganda used to detract your attention from the real issues at hand. In politics you never waist a good scandal to grow your party's power. Is this perhaps blown out of proportion to the other really serious issues on our plate? Is the SANRAL E-toll issue with Minister Gordhan's recent legal action against the E-Toll interdict and a recent flopped inflation-link bond auction indicating the state is struggling to raise funds? Should we not rather focus on that? Will this fiasco be used to curtain our freedoms (speech and expression), it seems so. When a story like this one surfaces, you should look VERY carefully at the other news stories.

  • amelia.basson - 2012-05-24 09:51

    Just had a look at Ayanda Mabula's painting and it's MUCH MORE offensive than Brett Murray's painting! On her painting JZ's penis is supported by a crutch! Why was her painting not "removed on the grounds that it violated Zuma and the party's dignity and rights".

      dulcie.theron - 2012-05-24 10:11

      ..and did you take note at how the bishop is portrayed, all of this in the presence of Mr Mandela?

  • Freedom - 2012-05-24 09:55

    Its good the anc is in power then their people can see how they are f-ing it up.. I refuse to pay my taxes!!!!! we are law abiding citizens should protest outside Parliment and SARS like the taxi drivers and state that the Prez should not be allow to lays complaints, he choose to be in the public eyes so live with the critism... VIVA South Africa, VIVA..

  • thandazab - 2012-05-24 10:08

    Hey ANC how about u start battles against unemployment, crime, poverty, corruption? Start fighting for our childrens proper education. How about proper health care for the poor etc? No? U wud rather fight over stupid paintings? Oh ok dats fine wat do I know anyway?

  • Gany - 2012-05-24 10:45

    If only there was so much emphasis on poverty.

  • James - 2012-05-24 11:03

    Lol! Haha! The world laughs! w w h t t p:// h t t p:// h t t p:// h t t p://

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-24 11:29

    What battle?. Tne only battle they have is with the bulge and bulge they do.

  • Bullard - 2012-05-24 11:45

    I would have never thought that a paintin would get the ANC and its hired protesters( lol) running and protesting like headless chickens. I mean is that painting the major issue of the country??? or crimes, lack of school textbooks, rape, and e-toll???? Nah guys, lets get real:p

  • Chantelle - 2012-05-24 12:44

    All this bloody fuss over a painting. Maybe try focusing more on unemployment and the unsolved murders, kidnappings, child porn ect. But Noooooo lets forget about all these minor things and focus on a damn painting. Unbelievable!!!!!!

  • Ro - 2012-05-24 19:08

    Wish they would spend as much time and passion running the country. But then again empty vessels make the most noise - you do the math