ANC wants members out in force to defend Zuma

2012-05-21 22:34

Cape Town - The African National Congress on Monday issued a call to all members to turn out in force at the South Gauteng High Court for a hearing over a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma.

Artist Brett Murray's depiction of President Zuma with his penis exposed, entitled The Spear, has sparked outrage from the ANC, which was granted an urgent hearing set for 12:00 on Tuesday in an attempt to stop the painting from being exhibited.

On Friday, the party the served the Goodman Gallery and City Press newspaper with court papers over the controversial art work, saying the papers were seeking to interdict both parties from "displaying and exhibiting on their website or any other platform including the online channels the offensive and distasteful so-called portrait" of the president.

Now it has called upon "all its members, supporters and the mass democratic movement structures" to gather at the court "to defend the dignity, reputation and integrity of the president of the ANC and of South Africa".

"We view this portrait and the depiction of the president by the Brett Murray and Goodman Gallery as distasteful, vulgar, indecent and disrespectful.

"It is our view that the continued display and exhibition of this so-called portrait will continue to be an affront to the dignity and the privacy of President Zuma in all his capacities but also as a South African whose right to human dignity and privacy is protected and guaranteed by the South African Constitution," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

Party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the depiction was rude, crude, disrespectful, and racist.

He said if it had been a white man depicted, the reaction would have been very different. As far as many people were concerned, black people were just objects, he continued.

"I said how about the idea of going to court tomorrow and as we sit there we can take off our trousers... we can walk around with our genitals hanging out... it's crude," he said.

The party urged members to converge at Kruis Street, in Johannesburg from 10:00 as an act of solidarity with the president and the ANC.

Nothing shocking

City Press newspaper, however, is not budging, saying by publishing the portrait it was doing what it is "constitutionally entitled to do" - reporting on an "interesting and remarkable exhibition that marks a renaissance in protest art".

It said the the publication of work contained in the exhibition, titled Hail to the Thief II, was a "publication of artistic creativity protected by section 16 (1) of the Constitution".

Executive editor Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya said in doing so, "we neither sought to endorse nor adopt the messages conveyed by the exhibition or the portrait. Rather, we allowed the public to judge the matter for itself".

Moya said the interdict, if granted, could not possibly be enforced.

"The horse has long since bolted. As a direct consequence of the media statements made by the applicants and the launch of the present application, the portrait has been given widespread national and international publicity."

Internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge added his voice to the ongoing debate around the painting in an affidavit supporting the gallery’s opposition to the application, City Press' Nicki Güles reported.

"Penises, in the age of Aids when explicit sex education for primary school children is de rigeur, are a dime a dozen. Much of Aids education has been to break down traditional taboos of children being shielded from adult sexuality," he wrote.

"There is nothing shocking in the specifics of the image. The shock is in the metaphor - Lenin and the penis meeting President Zuma.”

Political power and sex

Kentridge, who has been exhibiting his work at the Goodman Gallery since the 1980s, said in his affidavit that "the themes and symbolism employed by Brett Murray in his work are typical of the themes and visual language employed by many fine artists in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Americas. It is a global, modern language".

He said that the overt depiction in Murray's painting is in line with a "change in attitude towards a public discussion of political power and the sexuality that accompanies power", Güles wrote.

Murray made "no attempt to make an image of President Zuma as a private man with a personal life," he claimed.

"The genitals in the image are worn like the coat of Lenin – almost as a badge of office. It may be an incorrect summing up of the president but it is not an illegitimate subject to address."

Kentridge said we are "fortunate to live in a country with a constitution that acknowledges the importance of open debate on all issues”, according to the City Press report.

Güles also reported that the Goodman Gallery's owner says that she will not allow her gallery be dictated to.

Owner Liza Essers said her gallery cannot be a "gallery of integrity” if she allows "any individual, even the most powerful” to dictate its content, the City Press report said.

The report said that In her affidavit before the South Gauteng High Court, Essers also speaks of her "amazement" at the fact that since the controversy surrounding the painting began on Thursday, so many people, both within South Africa and abroad, have seen images of the artwork.

Essers echoed Kentridge's sentiments on the painting, saying "the depiction references an ongoing public discussion in society as to the relationship between political power and the sexuality that accompanies this power.

"The relationship between political power and sexuality is one that has been much discussed in recent times, for example President [Bill] Clinton and Monica Lewinsky; [former International Monetary Fund head] Dominique Strauss-Kahn; and the former prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi," the City Press report said.

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  • Michele - 2012-05-21 22:46

    This is really becoming quite ridiculous..

      Christopher - 2012-05-21 23:03

      If they could mobilize for this country as they mobilizing for their ridiculous egos this country would be a a beautiful place to live. Bunch of egotistical maniacs!

      thanuj.thulsie - 2012-05-21 23:12

      yes utter ignorance and waste of our tax money by taking it to court,then they still want to march nad cause unwanted disruptions.come on anc get a life,do something good for your poor people suffering instead,then u have have something to talk about

      Sean - 2012-05-21 23:32

      What a bloody joke ! Throwing stones and singing kill the boer will be the order of the day , PATHETIC !!

      Boer - 2012-05-21 23:54


      Lila - 2012-05-22 00:16

      ..."MEMBERS" out in force...*giggle giggle* teeheeeehhehee

      Lila - 2012-05-22 01:14

      As far as I know, Ayanda Mabulu is a guy...his paintings are all vulgar. The picture of Zuma is actually quite tame compared to the rest.

      Juan - 2012-05-22 03:02

      @reindi3r Mantashe is quite right, it's a racism issue. I think the ANC is more offended by the fact that it's a white man that drew the painting rather than the painting itself. So "up yours" ANC the legal experts say you don't have a hope in hell.......

      Oscar - 2012-05-22 05:47

      Michele, it is really becoming quite ridiculous....but not more than what we expected because the ANC is quite ridiculous in everything ells it does.

      Anthony - 2012-05-22 05:53

      all that for one prick?

      Paddy - 2012-05-22 06:03

      Don't these "supporters" have to work? I really don't know what the fuss is all about. The picture doesn't even look like Zuma. To me it looks more like Vavi.......

      Rob - 2012-05-22 06:05

      Most of them will be at court anyway as they really havent got anything to do at work!!!

      Keith - 2012-05-22 06:06

      Anthony, the thing or the man?

      Rob - 2012-05-22 06:07

      @ Anthony... Brilliant!!!

      Vince.York - 2012-05-22 06:28

      Should be good ONLY if they all turn out in their short grass skirts and swirl about in dust transported to the location AND ALL WAVE THEIR WA"MASHINI SPEARS AROUND HIGH (or low) - howling and screaming at the world to STOP because they want to get off it.

      Gert - 2012-05-22 06:54

      Yes the anc is becoming more ridiculous-next thing they will confiscate the painting as evidence and then they have an 'accident ' with it. It is time the new owner must remove it out of SA for safe keeping from art vandals.

      Martin - 2012-05-22 07:30

      Mike - 2012-05-22 07:36

      Dont they need permission to gather, strike, gather or have a strike. The only people who are going to gather in Kruis street is the non working class. Rather start to look at the judge who is going to preside over this case..

      Zulu - 2012-05-22 08:05

      Just when Julius successfully sowed division within the ANC. This painter has provided a faction free way for people to rally behind Zuma, which is exactly what Zuma needs right now

      Sharon - 2012-05-22 08:27

      the only way to stop this would be to ban traditional weapons

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 10:03

      Another gathering of the Gutter People

      Lucy - 2012-05-22 10:25

      Unfortunately Michelle the whole country is a joke and ridiculous at the moment. Besides that, the ANC are using this as a divide and conquer issue - to gain more sympathy as they know eventually even the black people in this country are sick and tired of them - and it is not really about the painting but to make an issue of it that people are making fun of a Black president and therefore a black person - which as we know is not the case. Sadly with the way they operate and mobilise the uneducated and unemployed - it makes them seem do - gooders and brings the race card into it - which the uneducated and unemployed fall for. So sad that these idiots think along the same lines as Mad Bob.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-05-21 22:46

    The heading should read to intimidate the judge no doubt...

      bernpm - 2012-05-22 00:30

      yes, trying to influence did Justice Minister Radebe in his "advice" on TV.

      Jack - 2012-05-22 07:25

      Whatever the result of the judgement, more people have now seen "The Spear" than would ever have known it even existed. It even has its own page on Wikipedia!!! The outcry made by the ANC over this has led to it even making it into the foreign press. This is no longer about an art exhibition in's a statement to the world!

      Frank - 2012-05-22 09:10

      Mob mentality is all they have....they have no choice but to use it!

      Pierre - 2012-05-22 10:24

      Nobody here is reasonable. Step away from the racial and political polarization in the country and look at it for what it is. A painting like this have no merit and have to come down. Do you think any other country will stand for something like this? One probably can find some very “hippy-arti” gallery in New York that will portray George Bush in a similar way, but even they get closed down every now and then. Be reasonable. Free debate and free speech is fine, but this is not a reasonable portrayal of the leader of this country.

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-05-21 22:46

    So much for respect for the rule of law. Pity Juju won't be there to 'HANDS OFF JACOB\.

      Press - 2012-05-22 00:16

      Rent a mobs who are closing down galleries will soon be burning books . . .

      Zama - 2012-05-22 04:35

      No pity of any thing my brother its just payments of the sand off of Juju they must just enjoy it

  • Frank - 2012-05-21 22:52

    We will defend Pres Zuma and the ANC the only way we know how. They will get what they are asking for

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-21 22:58

      Amandlaaaaaaaaa comrade, lets get them #Power to the people

      melania.nel - 2012-05-21 22:58

      Who is asking for what Frank?

      donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-05-21 23:00

      Yes the only way you know is through violence,mayhem and chaos as always,its the african way or as juju once said 'the efrican agenda'

      Mewik - 2012-05-21 23:05

      If you're lucky you might get to have some cake this time!!!! Nom Nom Nom!!!

      Christopher - 2012-05-21 23:07

      Yawn...his days are numbered! the international community and the people that invest in this country sees him as a sad leader. Its too late for him. Hopefully the next president is a true leader and not a sheep like Frank and Totsi here.

      tobydt - 2012-05-21 23:12

      LOL, and were back to the fanboys killing for zuma.

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-21 23:21

      We do not forget, we do not forgive ,we are the people, we are ANC, expect us #Power to the people

      TheSuperC - 2012-05-21 23:45

      @Tsotsi-Baby, you idiot. You insist on using Twitter hashtags, but it contains spaces - typical. :)

      Sean - 2012-05-21 23:47

      @Frank - Suppose that`s all primitive idiots like you know !!

      Sharon - 2012-05-22 00:14

      I wish they were as enthusiastic about running the country as they are defending Jacob's whatsit. They really need to get their priorities sorted out a bit quick!

      Arthur - 2012-05-22 01:05

      Well said Sharon!

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-22 02:47

      And we, the overburden taxpayer will depise Zoomer the only way we know. He will get what he is sasking for. To the prsiding judge, will you kindly order these laywers representing zoomer to pay the cost from their pockets when you rule against them, that way you ensure that no taxpayers money are wasted. To the bussines owners and employers, please double deduct any of these protesters salary for the day that they did not provide you with production but instead cause you losses by toy-toying for free KFC!

      Wimpy - 2012-05-22 05:53

      the only way we know. ja we know by birning every thing. white pride world wide.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 07:10

      @Tsotsi-Baby - Do you want me to make you look stupid like i didnt in the previous article about SMME and the painting? Dont start your nonsense

      Peter - 2012-05-22 07:43

      @Sgentshentshe - because we dont want to "draw Zille with the tities hanging out", jeez your worse than a child, yet a child probably has more common sense than you do

      Robert - 2012-05-22 13:16

      There is unfortunately only one way you know Frank. That is why Africa is in such a mess and will ultimately require assistance in everything they do.

  • Theo - 2012-05-21 22:54

    OMG They never learn do they !!

  • Martin - 2012-05-21 22:54

    Hahaha real african spear exposed

  • Konanani - 2012-05-21 22:55

    Mxm,do jzee and anc have to always remind us abwt the spear

  • rudy.jansen1 - 2012-05-21 22:55

    two dicks in one painting, what's the major issue here?

      Sean - 2012-05-21 23:47


  • melania.nel - 2012-05-21 22:56

    Will they do the same to Ayanda Mabula? His Zuma painting is clearly racist and not straight forward like this one. Like Pieter said: why don't the ANC just buy the darn thing and destroy it? Why spend millions on a court case? Its an ugly piece of art but still remains just that, ART.

      Mewik - 2012-05-21 23:22

      No responses I see. Sums it up really.

      Koos - 2012-05-22 01:36

      In this case the artist is white, hence to 'racist' call.

  • jimzimbo - 2012-05-21 22:58

    God help South Africa.....

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-05-22 05:53

      The prayer of Zuma: 'Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am.'

  • Warren Nicholas - 2012-05-21 23:03


  • Assis - 2012-05-21 23:04

    \Dear ANC; If Zuma can attract so many wives with his penis then I think all people will agree that it is a work of art.\

  • gareth.jones.7771 - 2012-05-21 23:04

    This painting would have ended up being a complete dud if it wasn't for the ANC giving it so much advertising. It should have been ignored in the first place.

      Bruce - 2012-05-22 05:22

      Yes, the artist and the gallery are laughing all the way to the bank! If I lived closer I might have gone to have a look myself! Defending the dignity of the president, he has none left to defend! Did all the damage himself with his lifestyle, the painting purely pointed it out!

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-05-22 05:57

      @Bruce. AS the history of the courts indicate, this case may be postponed, for a while. Maybe till 16 June 2012, so you may still be able to go look at it.

  • Warren Nicholas - 2012-05-21 23:04

    Absolutely pathetic, have they got nothing better to do? What about the issue with Jacob Zuma and the shower head stuck on his head?! That's how the country sees the man... We all have our own opinion, get with the program!

  • Frank - 2012-05-21 23:06

    I support this, we cannot allow the enemy to make a mickey mouse out of our president! If they continue like this, unfortunateley we gonna have to show them who's the boss here.. :(

      melania.nel - 2012-05-21 23:10

      Who is the enemy Frank. Let us all know. The boss is the gov and they should start to act like it. This is petty and wasting a lot of resources for this ugly painting.

      Alfred - 2012-05-21 23:35

      Your president has been a laughing stock for years. If you want to show us something hows about you show us how you're capable of running a country without lying, stealing and impregnating everything with a hole or a heartbeat?

      Carlito - 2012-05-21 23:39

      'panzees and violance, then we wonder why Africa is like this pathetic

      Phae - 2012-05-22 00:48

      Spoken like a true neighbourhood bully, go away silly person.

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-22 02:52

      @Frank, do you know what the term boss mean? I do not think so. See that you view zoomer as a mickey mouse, i presume that you are winnie the poop!

      Keith - 2012-05-22 06:16

      Yes, the ANC should pass a law in parliament making it a criminal offence to paint pictures of Zuma with his doowat hanging out of his pants. By the way, is the fuss because it does not flatter Zuma?

      Vince.York - 2012-05-22 06:44

      To the FORE!!!!!!!!!!! - - - - upwards THE SPEAR

      Gert - 2012-05-22 07:04

      We didn't vote for him, he is not our president.. but he happens to be the pres of SA

      Nigel - 2012-05-22 10:20

      Your President is a Mickey Mouse idiot.

      antoinette.jordaan - 2012-05-22 13:20

      He doesn't need a painting to be made a "mickey mouse". And again, who's the enemy?????/ The artist?

  • Alu - 2012-05-21 23:07

    Some peoples don't have respect for the President, if it was in Zimbabwe you were not gonna hear such rubbish about the president, the rights of the south african are too much, going as far as taking the president of the country to court just to expose his private parts, come on SA for how long will this embarrassment go on?

      Dewald Annelie Labuschagne - 2012-05-21 23:16

      All jokes appart, I agree. we must have respect for our leaders to have respect for our country. I think this artist had to go this far to get attention. So he is probely not a good artist

      Mewik - 2012-05-21 23:20

      Zimbabwe is a dictatorship with a 95% unemployment rate and an economy that has been decimated by it's own government. I keep seeing this comparison, yet I fail to comprehend it. Do you want to live as they do in Zim?

      Alfred - 2012-05-21 23:32

      The prez has been doing just fine exposing his private parts all on his own and now you want to get uppity because someone said something about it?

      Johan Vermaak - 2012-05-21 23:38

      @alu The ANC is taking the artist to court, NOT the artist the president!

      Abby - 2012-05-22 00:07

      I think this palooka artist must be deported back to his forefathers land. We don't need this kind of behavior in Africa. This is really getting out of hand.

      Phae - 2012-05-22 00:41

      BTW Abby this insult is old, tired, overused and has no effect on anyone anymore, just thought you should know in case you think it is original and hard hitting.

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-22 02:56

      @ALu, please do us all a favor and return to Bobjaanwe? You do not belong here. Too think, you come live of our hard working tax money and then you have the nerve to come and tell us that about our rights. You had zero rights to begin with in Bobjaanwe, so shut up!

      Keith - 2012-05-22 06:19

      This embarrassment will go on as long as the President does things which make him look foolish.

      Peter - 2012-05-22 07:13

      @Alu - he might be a god to you but he is a civil servant to us, and a poor one at that. He is elected by the people so he has no more rights than we do and if anything less rights since he should be prepared to be insulted just like any other world leader when they stuff everything up, point and case JZ

      Peter - 2012-05-22 07:14

      @Abby - You should be deported for your racial slurs we dont need you in our beautiful country you are wasting our oxygen

      Sharon - 2012-05-22 08:35

      @ abby,go to a cosatu march and then you will see the behaviour you so desperatly want

      Abram - 2012-05-23 13:54

      President Mugabe tried to be good to settlers in 1980 thinking that they will share the wealth of the country with blacks and change their attitute toward blacks,it took uncle BOB 23yr to realise that this people will never change they are dangerous and evil

  • Dewald Annelie Labuschagne - 2012-05-21 23:11

    I tought it would be longer! What a gr8 way to get attention. Not everything is about B&W. Make me wonder, a man can only paint what he see.....mmmm. Where the hell did he see that thing

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-05-21 23:13

    Is this the million penis march?

      Koos - 2012-05-22 01:37

      members galore.

      Wanderering - 2012-05-22 05:49

      Beware all members of the third wors is going to be out.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-05-21 23:15

    Sky high murder rate, rape cases off the charts, starving kids, huge unemployment, fraud and corruption to the tune of billions, infrastructure teetering like a rotten tree, the list goes on. With all this, I find it hard to imagine they have time to worry about a painting.

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-22 07:22

      By acknowleging the stats you mentioned it means that they acknowledge some responsibility and accountability for having to do something about them. Come on now, it is far easier to have a bitch fit about an ambiguous painting than to actually have to do something for a country that is being destroyed

      Iceberg - 2012-05-22 07:33

      Michael, I agree but Zuma taking this to court is simply brilliant. Murray's intention with this painting was to get the country talking about how the ANC and particularly this president have been destroying democracy with their looting and corruption. Unless the judge throws this out today, the country will see through the courts exactly how Zuma has portrayed himself and behaved as the president of this country. If he had any chance of a second term, this exposure is going to be the end of him.

  • lownabester - 2012-05-21 23:16

    "to defend the dignity, reputation and integrity of the president of the ANC and of South Africa". I never knew he had any left

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-05-22 06:06

      Just to differ with lownabester: He never had dignity or intergrity, so he could not have any left. On reputation he takes the number 1 prize as he had a reputation to start with and now has even a worse reputation.

  • Nico - 2012-05-21 23:22

    Oh, but now the ANC may protest, but the DA were provacative !!?? Really !!?? Typical ANC mentality !!! How in the world is this painting racist, as reported !!!??? If the cat gets kittens, it will probably also be racist............Oh yes, sorry, Jacob Zuma would've done it !!!

  • thozi - 2012-05-21 23:24

    I do not condone the so-called "Spear" painting, simply out of respect for a President of a country, an elderly person and the legacies we are leaving for our up-and-coming youths. At the same time, I cannot support, in whatever form, the intimidation of our courts. To me, the planned and intended 'over-ridding' of the courts by unruly and ill-disciplined hooligans of the ANC, is comparable, or even worse, to the "dirty" painting itself. Let the court be allowed to consider and give its judgement without being put under undue influence... otherwise, public opinion is going to be, they ruled in favour of the President because of the pressure exerted by the 'mob'.

      Dee - 2012-05-22 01:50

      And if only our leaders could mobilise forces to deliver books on time to school children - without a law court having to order this; and if only our nation could express as much outrage and debate over today's picture in Times newspaper of children living and feeding off a rubbish dump site.... But I cannot help wonder why Goodman Gallery didn't just ship the painting off to Germany & remove the brochures when they became aware of how much hurt it is causing to many South Africans. Regardless of constitutional rights, compassionate society takes peoples feelings into account - and a 'win-win' compromise surely far better than a 'confrontation in the courts' approach. And people's feelings in our vastly diverse multi-cultural society surely must matter.

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2012-05-21 23:32

    thE Anc must be bored. Khanti vele shame if it was bigger we wnt have even one complain from those currupt idiots.

      Sharon - 2012-05-22 08:39

      this painting must be about one of the comrades that the anc is continually going on about

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-21 23:42

    Bring on the rent a crowd once again it will be interesting to compare pictures of the crowd that protected Casatu House. I wonder if tax-money is going to be spent, maybe from another secret slush fund. What is this call to thuggery and intimidation by our ANC-government, it looks like we are well on down the road to 'Mugabe-ism'. ANC supporters should get rid of Zuma if they want to support the ANC. Pathethic

  • Mphotant - 2012-05-21 23:45

    As an ANC member self: let me be open with my comrades and all other citizens of this country:\r\n\r\nI would appreciate and be glad to see the ANC giving same attention to the falling Eastern Cape education, falling apart hospitals, corruption, etc. \r\n\r\nIn my view the attention given to the portrait in question is equal to a need to intensity need to adress on all promises made to the citizen of this land...why can't ANC run to courts suing itself for failing to deliver on its mandate? This is truly sickening.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-22 00:45

      As ANC supporters, all who truly love the ANC should march down to the courts in support of not banning the painting, and send a clear message to it's leaders to get their act together. They are failing the country.

      davidfvanstaden - 2012-05-22 08:39

      @ Mphotant - If only all ANC members could think like you...this country would be a whole different place...

      Mphotant - 2012-05-22 12:44


  • Erna - 2012-05-21 23:49

    They just don't know when to keep quiet. The ANC and its alliances have done more harm to the president's dignity than the artist, the gallery and Citipress together!

  • Bob - 2012-05-21 23:50

    This is an illegal gathering being called for by the Government of South Africa...despicable behaviour…! Seems our beloved President cannot do anything by himself!

      Koos - 2012-05-22 01:39

      He likes his member to do the work.

  • nhlanhla.ndlovu.10 - 2012-05-21 23:51

    Artists are creative people and before we consider to protest outside court building,we need to analyse what was in his mind when he crafted that art depicting the president genitals.Unless we will be used by our leaders since they have failed to advice him on issues of national importance.

  • Frank - 2012-05-21 23:59

    After seeing this disgusting and disrespectful painting by the enemy, i finally understand why Mr Mugabe did what he did. I finally understand where he comes from. Im not his critic anymore

      Phae - 2012-05-22 00:33

      Heehee 'painting by the enemy', what is going on in that head of yours Frank? It must be as addled as 88 year old, paranoid Bobs'.

      Jtzll Fy Niaina - 2012-05-22 02:13

      Simply put, YOU ARE AN IDIOT. It's ignorant people like you that bring about people like Brett murray pr whatever the hell his name is.

      talita.vandermerwe - 2012-05-22 06:15

      We can learn even from our enemies. Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD), Metamorphoses

  • Bobo - 2012-05-22 00:01

    Ah Yes ....It`s true...That man has no D!ck.. Bobo for Prezident !

  • conni.tyabule - 2012-05-22 00:09

    Shame! Poor Jacob. Now It's not only your 'hundred' wives that are seeing your 'cahunas', It's the whole world. Tut tut. I say hundred because more than one wife is an affront to the economy. Disgraceful yes! Racist?? How? Mr. Zuma, the nation has more to worry about, like those people without water since January, those other dozens of school children still being taught under school trees and just never made it on television to tell their tale, like those millions of women that are raped and are just asking rapists to be kept behind bars and not to be left to roam the streets because dockets go missing, like those kids that are starving in rural areas because their parents don't meet BEE/AA or whatever requirements or are just struggling to get employed, meanwhile others drive mercedes with big bellies swaying from the over consumption of booze and meat, like those kids that are homeless and have no blankets this winter. I'm sorry, your 'Spear' at the moment is like not even on my lists of things to even consider protesting about. Yes, I am a proud south african, just not an airhead driven by political drama. You sir, have a lot to think about before even considering a second term. I would love to like my president. Good luck with the removal of the art though. They aren't an easy bunch to sway these artists as you will soon realise. I wonder, is it wise for any of the maybe protesters to sing 'Umshini wami' oh dear! How ironic would that be?! Adios!

      Amanda - 2012-05-22 06:04

      Well said, Conni! Valid points you made here.

  • Crracker - 2012-05-22 00:10

    The old tactic. Mobilise for nonsense while the REAL problems can be shied away from.

  • Phae - 2012-05-22 00:25

    What a despicable turn of events, this is the lowest move by Zuma and his cronies over this debacle yet. They are going to, yet again, bring chaos to the streets, with the very real possibility of rioting because of his goddam penis. I hope he has charges laid against him personally for any damages or injury incurred as a result of this call to support his pathetic, weak and quivering little ego. Culture my @ss, this is just inciting mass hysteria to cover the inevitable loss of this court case. Racism my @ss, how dare he use this as an excuse to insult whites and incite death threats from black people because the artist happened to be white. Is there a voice of reason on this matter in the ANC?.... Anywhere?... Anyone?

      Robert - 2012-05-22 13:28

      Sorry Phae, they they don't really care as long as the masses keep them in power. Their moral compass is situated in the same position as Zuma's member.

  • vuyani.frans - 2012-05-22 00:27

    Malema warned the nation when he said \UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA WE HAVE SEEN DEMOCROCY BEING REPLACE BY DECTATORSHIP\ this is what we are experiencing 2day once a person is excising his right of expression his taken to court and our own Anc is mobilising people 2 go and support the individual hence SG is always saying the is no one that is bigger than the Anc,President Zuma must fight his own battles not the Anc fighting 4 him, This artist has a right to freedom of expression if he violated Jacob Zumas right Privacy/Human dignity that will be determined by court.

  • vukyj.vee - 2012-05-22 00:30

    To a man who proudly sang \mchin wam\ during his rape trial, and a man who marries everytime we blink,a man who publicly displays no moral in terms of sexual desires should have no stress over a stupid comic pic, and did write the name \Zuma\ on the pic?, we will respect a man deserves to be respected, respect is earned, I guess its Karma of waisting tax payers money upgrading ur multi-million house to accomodate more wives to mary...Come Mangaung u will fall, u might have put away our leader J.Malema but u won't shut the voices of the youth, I think the pic is very funny

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-05-22 00:35

    That piece of art is a very sad thing. How do one justify insult. Do real some races respect black people??? My answer is a Big NO! Why I sometimes think so is of this: The shocking video Bloemfontein urinators were very young white students shot a video showing thmselve serving four old black female housekeepers and one elderly black male housekeeper with beef stew which one of the men had previously urinated into. White teenage racist Johan Nel, 18 went on a racially motivated killing spree. I hate racism with all my soul. How do our respected black brothers and sister who have found home within DA view this? Freedom to me means doing something that is good to myself but does not violete someone's rights.

      Phae - 2012-05-22 01:30

      Urinators are not be confused with terminators, a dangerous misconceptions! But seriously dude, there is soooo much more to understand than what you speak of about the DA, the Reitz4 and Nel. Your 'Freedom to me means doing something that is good to myself but does not violete someone's rights' is great and honourable, but its the ' violate someone's rights' that causes the problem. All of us often do it without being aware of it because we all have different views and beliefs about things like, sex , manners, religion, money, politeness etc. That's why we have to allow others the freedom to say almost anything except incite violence, be construed as sexual harassment, or racist language, . We really are strong enough to take other insults without behaving like injured children. I am continually shocked with the seeming inability of black people to tell the difference between an opposing opinion and racism, just because I don't agree doesn't mean that race was the reason! I was just thinking; is it an insult to disagree with an elder in your culture? Because maybe that's where the misunderstanding comes in, I see disagreement as a chance to expand my knowledge of life, and see if our own beliefs are valid, and I teach my children to question me whenever they think my ways are out of date or incorrect and we still have deep respect for each other. I think I have plenty of respect for black people but maybe the way I show it in my culture is different to yours,... That is after a smile and a handshake? :)

      Jtzll Fy Niaina - 2012-05-22 02:08

      I dont think this painting has has anything to do with the DA and their views but everyone is entitled to an opinion i guess, I just think that a lot of people in this country have bot yet healed from apartheid and thus causing animosity between the population but the government should encourage the nation to be one and think as one and stop this whole bringing up the race issue when and issue occurs, you are all south africans at the end of the day and that should be what the focus is on. One nation

      Phae - 2012-05-22 02:19

      Indeed @Jtzll Fy Niaina, I think so to.

      Iceberg - 2012-05-22 07:55

      Nkosi, the Reitz 4 and Nel have been dealt with in terms of the law. They were punished and rightly so. The lack of respect we see from all spheres of society and government institutions and officials for the basic laws of this country is deplorable and to think its a race issue is too simplistic in my view.

  • gavin.dandridge - 2012-05-22 00:46

    Where is the call for members of the ANC to rally against corruption, unemployment, housing etc. Should they absent from work for something as pathetic as this.

  • dulcie.theron - 2012-05-22 00:48

    MXM........ what a shame, \all in the name of the presidential penis\ where's the glory in that. And to defend the penis from whom? What about our children that need to be protected from that damn penis? When will their rights be acknowleged???

  • dulcie.theron - 2012-05-22 00:50

    MXM........ what a shame, \all in the name of the presidential penis\ where's the glory in that. And to defend the penis from whom? What about our children that need to be protected from that damn penis? When will their rights be acknowleged???

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-22 00:51

    Supporters of the ANC should march down to the courts tomorrow in support of the painting not being banned. Our artists are not South AFrica's enemies, and ANC members should not allow themselves to be continuously be hoodwinked by the week leadership that presently fills the highest offices of the ANC, ANC supporters can send a clear message, that it is time for the ANC leadership to get their act together.

  • Ngwana - 2012-05-22 01:03

    We need to respect one another but not everyone will respect you. You can't force a person to respect you. In other words u must move on. Culture or race? I don't care! Do what's good.

      Koos - 2012-05-22 05:00

      Falling on his sword, spear, eina, eish.

      Amanda - 2012-05-22 05:48

      I wish there were more people like you, Ngwana. The world would be a much better place to live in!

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-05-22 01:08

    WTF, the matter is going to be heard in court. Surely Pres Zuma will have the chance to defend the matter there, no need to make a stand on the street. Anyone want to bet that there will not be any rock throwing incdents?

  • Sibusiso - 2012-05-22 01:09

    Forget it shower head, we are only going to march for your resignation, you are trying to make the public forget that you and mdluli are pushing mafia friendship with our taxes by dragging the artist issue. The only support I will show is a march for better service delivery

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-22 02:56

      This make 100% sense,

      Koos - 2012-05-22 05:06

      Sgentshentshe: brother you are right. We have no respect for people that plunder and steal state funds to enrich themselves, their friends and their families. If they happen to be black then yes, we don't respect THOSE black people. If you feel your are part of that group then we don't respect you either. Please answer this: What respect were shown to Thabo Mbeki by, I suppose your friends, ANCYL and The Spear brigade?

      siliziwem - 2012-05-22 05:13

      sgentshentshe usisidenge, umuncu...there im black

      Vaughan - 2012-05-22 07:29

      @Sgentshentshe are you another product of outcomes based education? Can't understand a word you wrote. No wonder we have the highest youth unemployment in the world...

      Mewik - 2012-05-22 07:43

      He's not unemployed, he's unemployable. A common problem it seems.

      Sibusiso - 2012-05-22 09:22

      Sgentshentshe, I'm so black you won't believe it, I grew up in soweto and I'm very educated maybe that's why you think I'm white, I'm just smart to see that the ANC is messing up this country.\r\nIts people like you that racialize everything and support criminals beacuse of their skin colour. You need to wake up, zuma doesn't give rats about you or this country, he's only feeding his 23 kids and many wives(the zuma tribe). If we black people can stand up to these pigs, we can see a better S.A

  • Arthur - 2012-05-22 01:11

    If Zuma wins we know the courts are a bunch of bull. My next painting will be of Zille with green boobies because she must be in envy of Zuma's Tsotsi, although she's the mother of the Western Cape, for some it's all sour milk.

  • hussein.diedericks - 2012-05-22 01:22

    Politics and cartoons\OMG of ZuMA\

  • hussein.diedericks - 2012-05-22 01:23

    Politics and cartoons\OMG of ZuMA\

  • hussein.diedericks - 2012-05-22 01:23

    Politics and cartoons\OMG of ZuMA\

  • Jtzll Fy Niaina - 2012-05-22 02:01

    Unfortunetly for President Jacob Zuma, you do not command respect, you earn respect and this unfortunately is the respect he has earned for himself. It is said that there is no smoke without fire and the reality of the situation is that this artists idea for this painting dis not come out of nowhere, saying the presidents behavior had absolutely nothing to do with this would be the same as saying that the smoke just cones from the ground

  • bobi.tsotetsi - 2012-05-22 02:02

    Since de anc dnt have any job to do,can dey finishin de roads rather dan waistin tym going to court dnt dey trust de judges dey apointed or dey want to intimidate de judge. a paitin is a paitin dnt dey know wat a spear is how many ppl have bin painted in dat form. its zuma de victim again prior to mangaung anada pity party wat is this a game. everybody who will be joining de march after that remember to go help wit cleanin de cities,and ques and de hospital help publik seervants who are payin supliers to do so.since will be spendin de whole day @ court it shows u have tym. can this painting be forgoten or is the plot to shift focus frm malema?

  • Tshepo - 2012-05-22 02:12

    why can't he fight his battle alone

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-22 02:48

      O what big words you have spoken. Some people still have kids to feed and a job to look after. It's time he must fight his own battle. Rent them @ R150/hour/person!!!!!!!!

      Deana - 2012-05-22 06:12

      Because of his lack of balls- thus the painting of a huge penis- to compensate!