Lekota accuses ANC of fascist tactics

2012-05-29 20:20

Johannesburg - The ANC has opened the door for dictatorship by using "fascist tactics" in its response to The Spear painting, Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said on Tuesday.

By calling on City Press and the Goodman Gallery to respectively remove the painting from their website and exhibition, the ruling party had expunged Section 16 (1) and (2) from the Constitution, he said.

"Specifically the "freedom of the press and other media" provided for in 16(1)(a) and "freedom of artistic creativity" articulated in 16(1)(c) became casualties."

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande and the secretary general of the African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe personally agitated for the boycott of City Press, said Lekota.

"Now the editor of the City Press, anxious about her personal safety and that of her journalists, apologised for exercising her constitutionally enshrined right and removed the artistic work from the website of the newspaper."

Lekota, president of the Congress of the People, said the owner of the Goodman Gallery had "been dragged before TV sets to issue an apology under military-like supervision".

"When the ruling party, ie the government, frog-marches a citizen in this way, as [Minister of Arts and Culture Paul] Mashatile did, and threatens to unleash mass force on society, the Constitution is thrown out of the window."

  • Hermann - 2012-05-29 20:42

    Good for you Lekota.

      Sean - 2012-05-29 21:31

      Yip it`s true , they just use the uneducated masses !!

      Michele - 2012-05-29 22:01

      It's a bit late now Terence, he should have commented last week ! That's the problem with Cope, they are not nearly vocal enough and had better jack up quickly or they will leak more votes going forward.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-29 22:05

      Much like inheriting a billion Rand only to die broke or forfeiting a three goal half time lead; ineptocracy is one’s failure to succeed from a position of strength. A political example of ineptocracy has now become, without doubt South Africa’s ruling party the ANC; which after 18 years of leading one of the most fertile and resource rich countries in the world hasn’t developed any sustainable solutions to generating wealth for its people beyond affirmative action, land redistribution and the nationalisation of assets. After almost two decades of rule, the ANC’s sole solution to endowing its people is still to merely take wealth away from others. Surely this is their failure?

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-30 10:02

      This whole thing was one big publicity stunt!!! His popularity and the general popularity of the anc is n question. So the first cheapest thing to come along is this stupid painting (which was in poor taste) that from all the pics so far looks as if it had been done in Photoshop. Even if it was the real thing, then there is still the fact that every time these myfudies need something done they get a couple of crowds together and then black mail anyone involved with location style “voters’ day” tactics. “You will or ells”. But what do expect to get from a bunch of criminals. And to all the idiotic no brainers out there. It is definitely not because his black. The anc is the only entity in this country still stuck in the apartheid era, they keep it alive to control the masses, they destroy infrastructure so people will always be hungry for what should be basic rights, destroy education to keep black people were they need them. It’s so sad that there is still black guys that thing of me as “baas” and we know what some white guys say, and its true it will take a generation or two to change, but not with these old dogs still up and about. Dinosaurs should be extinct, but somehow they are still running things in a modern age. Wake-up SA

  • Sonja - 2012-05-29 20:43

    ANC = All-out ...Narcissistic... Chaos!

  • John - 2012-05-29 20:51

    Luckily HE said it and can't be called racist! Imagine if Zille said it..

  • eddiebant - 2012-05-29 20:53

    You're so right.

  • Jack - 2012-05-29 20:53

    The defining moment in Zimbabwe came when Mugabe paid the war veterans $4,000,000,000 that he could not afford. It caused the downfall of Zimbabwe. This is the pivotal moment in the history of SA. It is the turning moment when South Africa, like Zimbabwe, became a fascist state. And on it's way to failure.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-05-30 13:29

      Hey Jack, parranoid much?

  • John - 2012-05-29 20:54

    Zoomer has succeeded in raping lady justice once again. It's already done. Question is, what can be done to stop the ANC abusing power further? Let alone making them accountable for something for once in their lives

      sifiso.msimango - 2012-05-30 16:34

      u sound like da fan, please go tell your boss zILLE to go close open toilets, its stinking

  • mholthuysen - 2012-05-29 21:06

    Indeed we need to rename: Adolf Zuma, Joseph Nzimande and Herman Mantashe. A sad day for a young democracy when the ruling circus has nothing better to do than to cause a stir over a painting and as usual forgets to true problems of South Africa.

      fdalana - 2012-05-29 21:34

      hmmm..adolf zuma.lmao

      jacques.koorts - 2012-05-29 21:47

      Adolf Zuma.. mmm that would make a great painting ;)

  • colin.dovey - 2012-05-29 21:09

    the ANC are starting to scare me.......they are doing everything but run the country....except into the ground....

      Hugh - 2012-05-30 11:13

      its "ruin" the country, not "run"

  • Luviwe - 2012-05-29 21:13

    This breed of leadership is so obsessed with power to such an extent that they can do anything wrong like intimidation of the CP editor, which is very shamefull. Atleast the galleery is still standing firm on the spear. This is another National Party in a different colour trust me. This government will never hand over power when they lose elactions. Think about this idea of abolishing provinces. This Idea had gained traction after they lost WC. They think they have a divine right to rule the entire South Africa. Now the DA is proving how incompetent they are and corrupt in the process. The turn of events in the past two weeks should makes us open our eyes and look at this HYENA in a SHEEP SKIN.

  • sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-05-29 21:25

    Marching and voicing our concerns is our rights as well and in no way we have contradined any bill, we just exercised our rights and if certain individuals felt otherwise, that their own business and should refrain from making it ours, and the irrelevent and not so useful Lekota should not try to use our name to get some symphathy from certain sector and prove his stupidity by saying things that dont concern him and say things which don't hold water, we tired of these so called blacks who says stupid things as to amuse certain sector, Mr.Lekota who you actually said is nonsense and who ever is believing is believing nonsense...please stupid Sir tell us by doing what did we contravene,

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-29 22:11

      More people were at Sandton Square today, singing for Madiba's birthday, than the POOR turnout for the Gallery walk.....what does THAT tell us all....the ANC is losing!

      Sthe Maximus - 2012-05-29 22:23

      U just angry and subjective!!same as your ANC leaders. *shakinghead*

      Sthe Maximus - 2012-05-29 22:25

      We are doomed I tell you!!

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-29 22:27

      @Xavier7034 - um, Madiba, Nelson Mandela's birthday is July 18. This tells us that we do not know what day of the week/month of the year it is. Or what the protest is about.

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-05-30 08:52

      Singing Happy birthday Mandela? Is FW De Klerk a guest of honour?

      Mark - 2012-05-30 14:31

      You see sir, that mentality is creating our downfall. It may well be your right to march but are there not more pressing issues which we can divert our energies into. Eg. March for employment, Houses, Lower Prices, Less Nepotism, Less Corruption, Better Policing, etc. Your caption indicates ''their'' and ''our'' How about looking at the general public in a ''we'' scenario ?? Or is the ANC only looking after a few to their own detriment.

  • Sean - 2012-05-29 21:52

    It has be 18 yrs and whites resists are still confused and angry. At least for COPE it has only been 5 yrs. It's a lengthy hard life that Lekota and his companions of resists are living. I'm sure they don't even know what to wake up and do on an ordinary day. But anger is like that, it always spills over by itself. I'm gonna wait and watch you for the next 10 yrs to see where you end up. But you should hv learn by now that one must really think deeply before taking action out of anger.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-29 22:11


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      mark.j.porter.5 - 2012-05-30 02:23

      What is a 'resists'? lol

  • jacques.koorts - 2012-05-29 21:53

    Will the spear painting on wiki also be removed ;)

  • Andile - 2012-05-29 21:54

    It is no secret Chikota that you never liked Pres Zuma even when you were the chairman of the ANC. When you picked the sections you deliberately negleted to also mention sec 16(2) (c) as well as sec 36 (1). Mr Lekota wake-up the right of Brett ended when Pres Zuma's right to human dignity was invaded.

      Thabo - 2012-05-29 22:00

      I dnt care if zuma is naked or not...hes a useles presdent who knows only 2 marry many woman. I wil keep on buying city press until malema becomes president

      pjanie1 - 2012-05-30 06:04

      Lekota lost majority he think is the ryt time to campain no mr lekota,mr lekota he must imaging if it was his exposed asset dnt come with agenda please because dont consen you just stand back and watch be a gud boy.

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-05-30 08:49

      Good luck Thabo in waiting for never.

      mikenortje - 2012-05-30 09:18

      Sorry Andile but we do not know if Pres Zuma's rights of dignity where infringed, his advocate is still leading evidence (in between crying. This is going to be extremely difficult to prove. If I sleep with an HIV + women, have affairs, father children out of wedlock, does that mean my dignity is intact? All CP and Murry have to do is point to these things which Pres Zuma has admitted to and bye bye case!!!

  • oupa.norog - 2012-05-29 22:51

    The ANC’s response to “The Spear” has damaged them immensely. Scanning through Twitter, you find that almost every black person is against this ANC action. They are asking the real questions; what about crime, corruption, job creation, education, health services and more? I feel sorry for Madiba and the freedom fighters who today are witnessing the destruction of the ANC, barley 20 years after it was unbanned. Reuel Khoza’s words are echoing “Our political leadership’s moral quotient is degenerating…”

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-05-30 08:35

      ANC stock value started to plummet when Mbheki was ousted in what could only be recalled as a internal coup d'etat , they bullied Zuma in and now they bullying the rest. Polokwane saw the rise of personality populism over principled leadership and effects are there to see. If any quote from the ANC that stuck with from the last election was this " Jacob Zuma does not debate " .

      Luviwe - 2012-05-30 10:07

      Before you can debate you need to be able to comprehend.

  • Vince.York - 2012-05-29 22:53

    Well, considering that you were not so long ago a close bedfellow with this bunch of outright thieves, HOW MUCH HAVE THE FACIST ANC STOLEN THESE PAST FEW DAYS while obscuring the citizenry's attention with a different version of coercion? (just mere blackmail and threats of sheer brutality!)

  • pitso.dlungwana - 2012-05-29 23:08

    Mr lekota must first solve his issue with Bhazima shilowa before he can comment about the ANC and still alot of money from poor people of COPE.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-30 07:15

      Makes sense. First read the newspaper before drinking coffee. Or...first drink coffee...yes.

  • Edward Mos Native Sithagu - 2012-05-30 04:17

    Cry the beloved country

  • lebohang.thaisi - 2012-05-30 06:25

    I couldn't agree more with Mr. Lekota on this issue...the values of our Constitution have been eroded by this bullying act. People being forced to submissiveness because they fear for their safety. Dictatorship in the making!

  • hein.verwey - 2012-05-30 06:40

    Hear Hear!

  • henk.f.prinsloo - 2012-05-30 06:52

    Did you forget what the young ruling ANC with the very fast vociferous of Lekota did with the National War Museum? As Michele says; "It's a bit late now Terence, the should have commented last week!" Xavier7034 perhaps expressed this the best: "A political example of ineptocracy has now become . . . South Africa’s ruling party the ANC; . . . after 18 years of leading one of the most fertile and resource rich countries . . . hasn’t developed any sustainable solutions to generating wealth for its people beyond affirmative action, land redistribution and the nationalisation of assets." Sonja; "ANC = All-out ...Narcissistic... Chaos!" From one who might be kicked on his:- JACK, (SAID); "It is the turning moment when South Africa, like Zimbabwe, became a fascist state. And on (IS A )failure. BUT THIS NEWLY COINED WORD HAS COME HOME TO STAY:INEPTOCRACY! Yes, South Africa has come home, home to Africa South Africans begged the Clerk for this. The parcel is open and the new toy is in tatters! Flush the toilet!

      Terry - 2012-05-30 11:29

      @henk .f.prinsloo. Xavier"s statement is not his own expression but an extract from an american newspaper! However the article he is referring to makes interesting reading and gives us insight as to how little other countries think of the ANC's ability to rule this country!

  • tjordan.rsa - 2012-05-30 07:28

    This is making so much news, how about children without books to study, unemployment, corruption... (This can become a long list) I am so tired of seeing the amount of attention this painting has received in the short period of time. If only all things happened that quick

  • themba.fourtyone - 2012-05-30 07:35

    u ryt lekota. the old ANC leaders fought 4 our freedom which the new ANC leaders are holding it as they own it, they can kiss my vote gud bye

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-05-30 07:36

    All those sheep defending this corrupt, useless dictatorship party...dont say we didn't warn you, don't come crying when the ANC turns on you, & they will, this I promise you.

      Whitemist Blackmist - 2012-05-30 08:15

      MALEMA warned the nation about you all see he was all said he was crazy...who is laughing now...who is the real thorn to the ANC?

  • amelia.basson - 2012-05-30 08:41

    South Africa is headed by the Godless, supported by the clueless and enforced by the spineless! - A 17 year-old mentally challenged girl was gang raped & the video went viral. No one marched. - An 8-year-old girl was raped by a 15 year-old boy & her eyes gouged out. No one marched. - Entire provinces are without school text books - it’s almost June. No one marched. - Our imminent police chief is a gangster & has brought our police service to its knees. No one marched. - Our country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. No one marched. - Our democracy is going down the toilet but no one marches.

  • Keith - 2012-05-30 09:58

    But was this constitution ever applicable ?? Its has been thrown out the widow since Mandela stepped down

  • Hugh - 2012-05-30 11:11

    Love this man. Right up there with Moeletsi Mbeki. Calls it what it is. Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

  • maloke - 2012-05-30 12:08

    The goodman gallery and stupid city press editor brought this to themsleves because the ANC asked it to be removed, like they always are ...seeking attention, they decided not to and act like they real hard. The picture was offensive at 1st place, to kids and to any one looking at it and the worst part it was referring to some one who happens to be a black person living by the values of his culture and being criticised for that. Lekota, you can Suck the gallery painting's d#

  • Byron - 2012-05-30 14:35

    Is a painting really whatour leaders really need to focus on?! At the court case there were highly appointed individuals(G. Mantashe, J. Zuma, and more...), in a time when the world is battling to keep the economic system together and people desperate to get the adequate living needs in order to keep surviving... Yet, a painting(expression of freedom) is the focus of our top leaders... Really, the painting doesnt bother me, the conduct around it and the entities involved bother me coz our people are still struggling with problems that were faced many years ago, a damn painting that is couple weeks old gets media attention like a natural disaster. In all, this situation is a disaster!

      mark.j.porter.5 - 2012-05-31 07:01

      Well said

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-05-30 16:19

    lekota, u are failure for life, u fail from anc, u got fired, u have failed as we speak, pls fire yourself

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-05-30 16:40

    Zumkota has been silent for the pst years, now the first time he opens his mouth it stinks. him and his 23 followers dont have direction but just to bark at the back of da

  • derrick.wilkie - 2012-05-31 11:29

    We must respect our laeders and boycott fakes like the artist.

  • derrick.wilkie - 2012-05-31 11:31

    A nation that does not respect their leaders is on their way to self implosion

  • Shadrack - 2012-06-02 10:10

    lekota is stupid

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