Spear controversy not over for ANC

2012-05-28 13:17

Johannesburg - The ANC welcomed the removal of a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma from City Press's website on Monday, but still wanted an apology, ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

Its legal action in relation to the display of the painting would also go ahead, he said.

"We appreciate what has been done," said Mthembu after City Press editor Ferial Haffajee said she had removed an image of artist Brett Murray's The Spear depicting Zuma with his genitals exposed.

"We appreciate that at least Ferial is saying she can now understand the pain. All that we are saying to her, is can she apologise for the pain," he said.


"Please apologise to the people of South Africa. This pain has been so deep seated."

The apology should be made to the "people of South Africa, the ANC, and everybody".

"If they made such an apology and removed the image it would go a long way."

The ANC would also continue its legal action to have the painting and images of it banned, so that it had clarity from the courts on what was acceptable in terms of the right to artistic expression and the right to human dignity, said Mthembu.

"The court must assist us [in showing] how far can those people go who are in the artistic environment [to] violate those rights of those human beings," he said.

The court may change the remedy they asked for, because it would be moot to order that the image be removed from City Press's website, he said.

The original painting itself was defaced last week when two people painted over it.


"Is it lawful, or insulting? The court will advise," said Mthembu.

The removal of the painting and the image, and an apology, was what the ANC sought from the start, he said.

Once Haffajee apologised, they would call off the boycott of City Press, called for by Minister of Higher Education and SA Communist Party secretary general Blade Nzimande and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, last week.

"We will then call off the boycott," he said.

Haffajee's actions so far, and an apology in a letter to Zuma's daughter Duduzile was not enough.

An extract of the letter to Duduzile Zuma read: "I understand that what is a work of satire to me is a portrait of pain to you. I understand the impact on your little brothers and sisters, who may face teasing at school. Playground cruelty leaves deep scars. And if they and your dad saw the work in our pages and it caused harm, then I apologise from the bottom of my heart."

Mthembu said the apology had to be to the whole nation because everybody was affected.

The nation's anger and rage

Earlier on Monday, Haffajee wrote: "The Spear is down."

The decision followed more than a week of controversy over Murray's reworking of a Russian propaganda poster of Marxist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, for his exhibition Hail to the Thief II at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.

"For any editor to respond to a threat to take down an article of journalism without putting up a fight is an unprincipled thing to do, so we've fought as much as we could. It doesn't serve City Press or South Africa to dig in our heels and put our fingers in our ears," she wrote.

On Tuesday two people were arrested for defacing the painting, a third for spray painting part of the word "respect" on the gallery's wall. A senior counsel broke down during a court challenge by the ANC, Zuma and Zuma's children, to have the painting and web images of it, banned.

Haffajee said she did not want City Press' plans to be imperilled by being forced into the role of opposition.

"My own identity is that of critical patriot, I am a great fan of my country, and that is how I want to edit. Besides, there are really important stories we lost sight of like the continued investigation into Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli, unemployment and the infrastructure budget.

Olive branch

"That we are now a symbol of a nation's anger and rage is never the role of media in society. We are robust and independent, yes, but divisive and deaf, no."

She would be "silly" not to admit that fear played a part in her decision. Vendors were at risk when newspapers were burnt on Saturday and a journalist was evicted from a National Union of Mineworkers conference.

Lessons learnt were that society had started its path to setting how presidents can be treated in art and literature; that mutual understanding was still a work in progress; and that pain was still deep.

She was personally hurt by tweets about her, especially one by mining magnate Patrice Motsepe whom she knows personally.

"We have not yet defined a Mzansi way of maintaining a leader's dignity while exercising a robust free speech, or reached an understanding that a leader embodies the nation, no matter what we may think of him or her. Neither does it seem our leaders know that dignity and respect are earned qualities too," she said.

"We take down the image in the spirit of peacemaking - it is an olive branch. But the debate must not end here and we should all turn this into a learning moment, in the interest of all our freedoms."

  • Darren - 2012-05-28 13:28

    ANC should apologies to Madiba and us…for stuffing up this country…

      Carlos - 2012-05-28 13:40

      Apology for depicting the truth about JZ? SA and its taxpayers should be DEMANDING an apology from him and the ANC. The ANC does not know Democracy, only Intolerant Autocracy!!!! I hope the reasonable citizens of this beautiful country now see the real ANC.

      Jono - 2012-05-28 13:41

      only if the ANC was able to put so much effort in everything they are suppose to do we wouldnt be an "unhappy" country!!! and no need to appologise to me...i was all for the painting..."you fight by the sword you die by the spear" lol

      Wake - 2012-05-28 13:47

      and what else would you like? maybe a yacht or a beach house, or a couple mil? the anc should be concerned with the state of the country, not petty things like an apology. if jz asks for an apology things would be different, i really hope they ask ayanda for an apology as well. this entire debacle is a total waste of taxpayer money.

      Loo - 2012-05-28 13:54

      They sure are f****g up the Madiba legacy yes .. for sure

      Alan - 2012-05-28 13:56

      Er Jono ..never mind about dying by the Spear ....many are BORN by the Spear...

      William - 2012-05-28 13:56

      @Jono. I guess....this proves that...the ANC only cares about themselves. ... Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh!

      Loo - 2012-05-28 13:58

      @freespeech .. Your brain in a bird will fly backwards I swear. Why dont you make a sensible unemotional point for a change instead of embarking on mindless anti-white hate-speech

      Tuco - 2012-05-28 14:08

      Someone said a while back this whole spear controversy is being perpetuated and shoved in the public to give Zuma that 'sympathy' support that got him into power during the Mbeki/Zuma debacle. I thought they were crazy. The way the ANC is carrying on with this spear crap I am now thinking twice. making a mountain out of a mole hill is what the ANC does best. malema is not there any more so they need another way to hoodwink us and gain support by racialising everything. what a bunch of losers.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 14:12

      Tuco he wants the sympathy vote. Advocating birth control won't work for him.

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-28 14:18

      Amen Darren!!

      Tax - 2012-05-28 14:22

      If only intelligent people were allowed to vote, the ANC wouldn't be in power.

      FreeSpeech - 2012-05-28 14:50

      Black people can't be racist.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-28 14:52

      And we "whites" demand an apology from the ANC for them making this out to be about "white people"..

      NrGx - 2012-05-28 15:13

      "Im sorry we believe in freedom of speech"!

      piet.strydom - 2012-05-28 16:17

      @free speech - lets gets some balance into the picture - when the Nats handed over power in 1994, the black middle class had the same spending power than the whotes. (Overall, not per capita). There was an equal number of white and black tertiary students. The ANC was the party that closed teachers and nurses colleges left right and centre. In 2007 black spending power was R335, about a R100bn more than that of whotes. Unfortunately the blacks don't share, about 50% of the R335 bn, belonged to only 2.6 million blacks. Which means the other 35 million odd, had to share in R150 bn. Just imagine if those colleges were still open, the trainers their earning money, as well as the no of students graduating from there for 20 years, and what they could have been earning by now. And the services they could have provided by now..... - 2012-05-28 19:37

      Please can everybody make sure they do not vote for the ANC we must make a stand against these dictators. If you should decide you don't want to vote, the ANC will automatically get your vote. i don't care who you vote for, as long as it is not the ANC. But please whatever you do, do not decide not to vote because the ruling party automatically gets those votes please please please

      Alf - 2012-05-28 20:14

      The ANC and Zuma are so transparent. They are now miking this whole issue, because it suits them. Why was there no outcry when the painting of the "last supper", which is making the rounds again, depicting Zuma and Achbishop Tutu in their birthday suits? Zuma shows his true colours. He is now hiding behind his wives to fight the battles for him. It does not detract from the fact that the painting may actually depict his true personality! Nobody seems to be worried about pictures of the ANC for Sale etc. At least they acknowledge that they are open for business if the price is right!

      Denise - 2012-05-29 13:13

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

  • John - 2012-05-28 13:29

    cmon anc ,is it not enough already ? worry about bigger things, this is last weeks news,

      FreeSpeech - 2012-05-28 13:47

      The anc should be worrying about white privilege and informal white supremacy.

      monkinsane - 2012-05-28 14:00

      freespeech - you are a racist through and through. Congrats for being your own worst enemy.

      eil33nn - 2012-05-28 14:13

      I agree, this is so last week, and the artist apologised, the gallery is closed, City Press removed it from their website. What MORE do you want?

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 14:14

      Freespeech, informal whie supremacy? Is that similar to riding the gravy train?.I don't mean the gravy going with pap.

      FreeSpeech - 2012-05-28 14:44

      Racism is terrible.

      Press - 2012-05-28 14:50

      Ill take it on myself to apologise on behalf of City Press - here goes - "Sorry ANC - we did not realise that we are really dealing with tribalists with the mentality of 7 year old kids" See - easy peazy

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-28 15:16

      when is ANC going to ask forgiveness for all the poor service delivery in this country?

      Anthea - 2012-05-28 15:35

      Who knew our government was a bunch of teenage girls? Get over it already .Pick up your bottom lip and move on.

      StilleWaters - 2012-05-28 15:56

      free speech - methinks you are drinking the miesies mampoer again....

      Vince - 2012-05-28 16:46

      @ Free Speech. Racism is terrible you are right for once, only problem here is you! You are the racist in question dude!

      Fussed - 2012-05-28 19:30

      Give a dog a bone

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-29 01:45

      @freespeech, would you kindly crawl back into your drain and die like a drainrot, your useless excuse of a rot!

  • Peter - 2012-05-28 13:29

    Zuma portrays himself as a victim in all his doings. 2007 limpopo conference he was seen as a victim who was innocent on all corruption charges, hence his election. And now we are off to Mangaung, he still expect all sympathisers to carry him to and beyond 2014. The masses must wake up and stop protecting this philanderer, or else they will continue to starve in their ailing settlements.

      SaintBruce - 2012-05-28 18:09

      Ag shamepies for our fragile President!

  • Kevin - 2012-05-28 13:31

    A couple of decades ago during history classes we'd learn about the fierce warrior tribes eg Zulus. I think my teachers were lying cause all I see today is a bunch of cry babies and sissies whining over anything that slightly offends them, and pulling the magical race card out.

      Phumlani - 2012-05-28 13:40

      GO TO HELL

      Loo - 2012-05-28 13:42

      Agreed Kevin ... talk about fall from grace .. Im sure Chaka is turning in his grave looking at his all

      Carlos - 2012-05-28 13:50

      The truth appears to be hurting some people, eh Phumlani?

      brendan.beech - 2012-05-28 13:56


      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 14:15

      Phumlani, we are in hell already.

      Press - 2012-05-28 14:52

      @Phumlani - scary thought - there is a tribal hell . . . .

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-29 01:48

      @domlani, you lead and the rest of the stupid all national criminal party supportas will follow!

      ryno.vanderberg.5 - 2012-05-29 10:43


  • Irene - 2012-05-28 13:34

    First world mindset doesn't work in the primitive third world. The cANCer owes this country an apology!

  • rowen.loretz - 2012-05-28 13:34

    Tell the ANC to go go to hell! They brought this upon themselves - bunch of plonkers!

  • Loo - 2012-05-28 13:36

    Bwahaha ANC .. you are going to CRY in court again .. Youre going to lose this one. AND yes its not over ,, WHY ?? Because you are using this for the election campaign. Its never been about dignity for you, otherwise you would have moaned about the Ayanda portrait too.. ITS always been about political agendas and getting the masses to sympathise with the ANC in a renewed effort to gain votes before the upcoming election.

  • Isaac - 2012-05-28 13:36

    City Press should use a macro image of The Spear as its new logo.

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-05-28 13:37

    Why must they apologize? They have done nothing wrong.

      Phumlani - 2012-05-28 13:42


      Irene - 2012-05-28 13:45

      Phumlani ~ You're actually the loser but you're too dof to understand why.

      deon.kruger2 - 2012-05-28 14:04

      Well Juju Expressed his right to freedom of speech, and most news24 readers felt he needed to go to court is there a really a differences

      Mark - 2012-05-28 14:21

      Why are you bitter, Phumlani?

      Carlos - 2012-05-28 14:28

      Good question, rustic....LOL

  • Bennie - 2012-05-28 13:39

    Typical , give the pinky and they grab the whole hand !!!

  • mathilde.duplessis - 2012-05-28 13:40

    Catch 22: Freedom of Speech vs Protecting one's income and those of one's employees.Ferial Haffajee is still trying a balancing act; yet she will have to choose.

      Martin - 2012-05-29 12:47

      I don't think a boycott will have any noticeable effect on City Press' bottom line Mathilde. People are to fickle.

  • Rob - 2012-05-28 13:42

    Go appologise for the rape of this country over the period you have been president you promiscuous, womanizing, raping, racist, self indulgent pig!

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-28 13:45

    The Nation's anger and rage??? Excuse me but I'm neither angry or outraged by the painting. It should read the ANC's anger and rage. Incompetent mediocre uneducated bunch of idiots!

      Phumlani - 2012-05-28 13:50

      HAHAHA it's a sad day for da racists HAHAHA HAHAHA.......

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-28 13:52

      Phumlani we'll see who looses the courts still have to decide on the matter and your weak half witted ANC government doesn't run the courts mate. The only direction they'll get from the court is to the sidewalk with their abortion of a court case. LOL @ you!!!

      deon.kruger2 - 2012-05-28 14:00

      Well its should read 62% on the nation, that approximately how much of the national vote the ANC Got

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 14:19

      The nations anger and rage!!. Lord where do these idiots come from?.

      debbie.w.boulter - 2012-05-28 14:30

      The ONLY RACIST here is you Phumlani!!!

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-05-28 14:32

      Phumulani LOL at your attempt at a race card. It doesnt work on me! *Le sigh.

  • brandon.vanblerk.5 - 2012-05-28 13:46

    F#ck the anc

  • Richard - 2012-05-28 13:49

    The ANC are definitely the masters of protest. They are going make such a good opposition party soon.

  • Deon - 2012-05-28 13:51

    I will add to my apologie in that Zuma is a blatant whore who screw around while being married to numerous wives and does not regards it as a sin. He claims to be a christian but the bible forbids adultry. Now let the ANC executives try to swallow this

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-29 01:56

      @deon, they won't because they do not read the Bible and will probably complain that the Bible was written by racist white people.

  • Kyle - 2012-05-28 13:52

    By virtue of office and his position as president of the country JZ should deserve the respect of the nation and its people. However, he has done absolutely nothing to prove he deserves any kind of respect from us. The only thing I know about JZ is salacious and sordid relationships and sexual endeavours. As an educated youth in this country, I am disappointed to call him my president.

      Phumlani - 2012-05-28 13:57

      kyle without your vote we will make Zuma PRESIDENT for the second term. Zuma my president my president.(singing) .

      Nigel - 2012-05-28 14:08

      You're right Kyle. How I long for the day that I can feel proud to be a South African and feel patriotic. I don't care what 'colour' the Government is, but can we please have one that actually cares about the country and all its people. What a messy and ugly place the ANC have brought us to.

      Kyle - 2012-05-28 14:14

      I couldn't agree with you more Nigel. It is time for us as South Africans to hold ourselves accountable for the country we live in. Too much has been sacrificed for me to feel such disdain towards our government and country. I want to feel patriotic again!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-28 15:02

      I agree Kyle. If someone hasn't done anything to deserve respect, how can they demand automatic respect just because he/she holds aa position of power? Maybe it's a white thing, but i don't automatically respect someone just because the are an old philandering president. Do something to earn the respect you so desperately seek

      Nicolaas - 2012-05-29 01:59

      @Kyle, dissapointed? Does ashamed, disgusted sound more suitable!

  • guyt1 - 2012-05-28 13:53


  • Nigel - 2012-05-28 13:53

    Oh well done. Now could we please see the same amount of energy and concern being directed at the real SA issues instead of just the defence of one party and it's offended little despot leader?

  • Hugh - 2012-05-28 13:54

    Here's an apology; Sorry your using race to divert the true meaning of the painting (Socialist ANC doctrines bound in ineptness and exposed of all its corruption and immorality) Sorry that you cant campaign without dragging fabricated racism into every saga to try unite blacks against whites whereby securing the vote. Sorry you're all just a bunch of pathetic thieves who talk the talk, but cant walk the walk. Sorry that your BS stories are going to run out of steam and intelligent South Africans will cast you aside when they've tiered of all the corruption; self enrichment; lies etc. Sorry that history might yet have you stand facing criminal charges for crimes against the people of South Africa. Yip, you are a sorry bunch.

  • ASRPringle - 2012-05-28 13:56

    How distanced is the ANC from the public opinion? from the looks of things about as far as it is possible to get! what a sad reflection on the state of the ruling party. Get a grip and deal with the real issues in South Africa!

      Oom - 2012-05-28 14:28

      it's not about the people, its only about themselves. The people are to stupid or too brainwashed to see what they are about, Thats why they will never educate the masses, or they will turn against the ANC if they were smarter...

  • madeleine.loyson - 2012-05-28 14:00

    I cannot believe that these sub-humans tweeting on this site are fellow South Africans. Where do they come from? Each and every one sounds intellectually challenged and clearly ashamed of themselves. No wonder the majority are too timid to use their real full names. Shame ...

      Oom - 2012-05-28 14:29

      your on it too....sub human...

      eil33nn - 2012-05-28 15:06

      My full name won't appear as this is my FB page name.

  • Azande - 2012-05-28 14:05

    And it continues....yhoooo. its still early hours of the morning I can see that.

  • graememole - 2012-05-28 14:08

    don’t apologise to me, I thought that was hilarious and truthful

  • Andre - 2012-05-28 14:08

    ANC....rather apologise to the citizens for sending the country to the dogs and promise to us that you will pull up your socks and your trousers.

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-28 14:10

    Tes, and tomorrow they will want us all to bend over!!!!

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 14:21

      That shoud read YES.

  • Kuno - 2012-05-28 14:10

    "Please apologise to the people of South Africa. This pain has been so deep seated." Yes ANC apologies to the people of South Africa for stealing tax money, for corruption, for tenderpreneurship, for making the poorest of the poor suffering even more, for theft, for under-performing departments such as eduction, health;, for non delivery of essential services. Yes ANC apologies.

  • Susan - 2012-05-28 14:11

    I never buy the city press, but i will buy all the copies i find left in whatever shop i walk into.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 14:22

      I won't, they buckled under the ANC pressure.

      Martin - 2012-05-29 12:50

      Yeah, but I still support them. It's difficult to ask your employees to take flak for your ideals. However, I think all journalists should be willing to put everything on the line for freedom of speech, it is their livelihood.

  • Thabo - 2012-05-28 14:11

    The spear is now down. The ANC must do the right thing and lift the boycott, and let's carry on with our lifes.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 14:23

      One of Zuma's wives had said they should have asked his wives about you know what. That's where the shoe pinch, it was painted too small.

  • DeMoerin - 2012-05-28 14:13

    I do not need an apology, thank you.

      Martin - 2012-05-29 12:51

      Neither do I.

      Martin - 2012-05-29 12:52

      The apology can read: "I would like to apologize to all South Africans, except DeMoerin and Martin".

  • aspruyt - 2012-05-28 14:14

    The ANC should apologize to the country for their incompetence, maladministration, widespread corruption and failing the nation.

  • Gavin - 2012-05-28 14:14

    I'm trying to see things from your point of view, but I can't can't get my head that far up my ass.

  • Bernice - 2012-05-28 14:15

    I wish these loud mouth fat cats would get over this. There are more important things going on in our tired, raped and very saddenend country that needs URGENT ATTENTION.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-05-28 14:18

    get OVER yourselves... jeez, talk about ego's!

  • Nomfundo - 2012-05-28 14:23

    Oh! I'm not surprised by the response of the ANC, they are not interested in reconciliation. The City Press offered an olive branch for peace; they cannot accept it because it is easier to rule when you divide the nation; the same divide and rule that was used by apartheid. It failed with apartheid, it will also fail with you ANC even if you can disguise it as racism. City Press has nothing to apologise to; you have a lot to apologise to, you ANC morons!!

  • Matthew - 2012-05-28 14:26

    Are you frakking serious?! my word.what could possbily be next?! typical ANC,still ripping the ring out of it. I will go buy ten copies a day for the city press if i have to,this is nonsense.they have been bullied and intimadated into submitting.Who here can honestly say that something didnt happen behind close doors.blackmail or a threat with genuine grounds is more likely the reason for the painting being taken down. ANC = South African version of Nazi's ,Zuma = Hitler,just more gentle.

  • Fourhundredkg - 2012-05-28 14:28

    The ANC basically already lost their lawsuit. Now they are trying to bully City Press into submission. Bloody terrorists.

      eradingoana - 2012-05-28 15:52

      Through blackmailing. Sis!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Matthew - 2012-05-28 14:30

    friend of mines Facebook chirp,enjoy: {The Government has decided to ban the use of the word 'racist'. This in light of every south african apparently being one, and feeling the urge to write about it.... The word 'racist' will now be replaced with the word 'poe$'... maybe that will stop people from throwing it around by having to write "I'm a poe$"...hold on..wait, you are.}

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-05-28 14:31

    when are the ANC going to apologise to people of South Africa for stealing, lying robbing, being corrupt, wasting tax payers money, defrauding every single government or semi government department. they should be apologising. when is the president going to apologise for being corrupt, for nepotism, for forcing the state to pay for all his wives and children, for lying and stealing!!!!????

  • samson.kombora - 2012-05-28 14:32

    ANC PLEASE WAKE UP WHAT on earth is going on in South Africa and what does it tell the rest of the continent about the state of the African in South Africa ? Make no mistake about it, and this is quite sad, but the time has come for black Africans to understand and do something about the tragic fact that while South Africa’s de jure leadership is black, the de facto control of that country is a white minority which owns and runs the economy, the judiciary and the media, all which are racist to the core. The uncomfortable bottomline is that South Africa is a white-controlled black country and the dysfunctional consequences of this tragedy are yet to fully play out with very worrying signs everywhere that all hell is about to break loose. It is a shame that the white minority which has de facto control of South Africa is taking full advantage without let or hindrance of self-serving and false claims to human rights, governance and anti-corruption in the false name of international law not only to halt but also to reverse the gains that black South Africans made in 1994 when democracy was allegedly won or achieved in South Africa. While this is bad enough, what is worse is that the same self-indulgent white minority whose numbers include die-hard racists who converged in South Africa from fallen white settler regimes in Rhodesia, Portuguese Mozambique and Angola and South West Africa (now Namibia))

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-28 14:48

      If the whites are running this country, why is it that black government officials get to spend all the money? Doesn't compute. Let's have figures and names please.

      Ron - 2012-05-28 15:01

      Sam, your comments are derogatory, discriminatory and divisive... and therefore racist! I take it you're proud of this fact?

      eil33nn - 2012-05-28 15:17

      If white South Africa is in control, why are my grandparents suffering financially on their state pensions, my mom and dad sufferingg on their government salaries and i have to help out with my tiny salary as i do not have tertiary education? So i think you need to calm down and rethink your post...

      Loo - 2012-05-28 15:18

      Your birth certificate an apology letter from Durex perhaps ??? YOU DUDE is the racist here ,, idiot

      samson.kombora - 2012-05-28 16:28

      On May 29 1998, then South Africa’s Deputy President Thabo Mbeki made a seminal “two-nations speech” at the opening debate in Parliament in Cape Town entitled “Reconciliation and Nation Building” in which he said “we therefore make bold to say that South Africa is a country of two nations. One of these nations is white, relatively prosperous, regardless of gender or geographic dispersal. It has ready access to a developed economic, physical, educational, communication and other infrastructure. This enables it to argue that, except for the persistence of gender discrimination against women, all members of this nation have the possibility to exercise their rights to equal opportunity, the development opportunities to which the Constitution of ’93 committed our country. The second and larger nation of South Africa is black and poor, with the worst affected being women in the rural areas, the black rural population in general and the disabled. This nation lives under the conditions of a grossly under-developed economic, physical, educational, communication and other infrastructure. Nothing has better dramatised South Africa’s two nations than Brett Murray’s phallic painting of President Zuma and the reaction to it from South Africa’s white-controlled media, judiciary and business community run by white racists who apparently think their prejudices are equal to artistic expression and freedom of expression. God help South Africa.

      Marius - 2012-05-28 16:54

      Samson - and what about Ayanda Mabulu's paiting? What do you have to say about that? Its ONLY because Murry is a white guy there's a fuss now.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-28 20:45

      What an utter racist this fool is.

  • Erna - 2012-05-28 14:37

    Oh come on - the only one it affected is the president. I am not hurt at all by it, and I doubt if the majority of SAfricans even know what the fuss is about! Time to stop the boat!

  • jamesi.kazonga - 2012-05-28 14:41

    you can see why RG Mugabe is right/ these pinks they need spanking to learn their lessons.

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-28 14:54

      @jamesi bring that lesson mofo ill kick your gat son to hell with new sa it sucks dumb leading the dumb

      eil33nn - 2012-05-28 15:19

      not that the black people of Zim are doing to great either hey?

      Nigel - 2012-05-28 15:52

      What an idiot you are. Why are you so uninformed/misinformed? The worst damage (ongoing) by far in Zimbabwe is to the Black people of Zimbabwe. Where do you get your information from? Do you get drunk / high or both and then dream up this rubbish? Someone should 'spank' some sense into your sorry little head.

      Marius - 2012-05-28 17:03

      "these pinks" you say - so now you resort to insults, well all i can say is congrats on your 2 ONLY facebook friends, seem they are few and far for you....shame. As for us to "learn our lessons" - come say that to my face buddy, please come say that to my face, or will you also start CRYing?

  • Ron - 2012-05-28 14:41

    The ANC has no right to call for an apology. This matter revolves around Jacob Zuma's right to dignity as a PERSON - irrespective of whether he's a politician, policeman, farmer or "horticultural executive". The matter does NOT involve the ANC who seem to believe that South African belongs to them and that everything that happens in South Africa is their concern. They are too big for their boots - and one day their folly (i.e. stupidity, for ANC followers) will cause their demise. The ANC should wind their necks is and move on!

  • Carla - 2012-05-28 14:42

    Why should she apologise? The painting was THE news and that's what she does for a living. She didn't paint it. So many other sites have the painting up for all to see. Is the ANC going to get all of them to apologise as well?

  • kaMazibuko - 2012-05-28 14:43

    Whats wrong with the ANC, painting has been removed and City press editor apologised to Zuma family

      eradingoana - 2012-05-28 15:54

      Obviously the painting was personal and now they want it to be political for political scores

  • nkhangwe.madzivh - 2012-05-28 14:44

    These comrades are abusing their power,the only reason city press remove the picture is threat that ANC made,as from now on they will be threatening everyone and every org that will differ with them,what happen to freedom of speech?

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-28 14:45

    The only apology required here is the one from Zuma, where he apologizes for his Behaviour that sparked this whole ridiculous fiasco in the first place. Apologise to the people (especially your own people) for letting them down. Your apology means nothing to me personally, but it should mean a lot to your own people, who are still hungry and suffering because of the worst possible betrayal imaginable - betrayal by the government they voted into power. Hang your head in shame mr Zuma.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-28 14:46

    Aw, do the poor babies want an apology? Aw shame

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-05-28 14:50

    democracy is dead welcome to africa poverty corruption we are going to beg for food just like the rest of africa thanks anc and tshililo you are all a bunch of ignorant dumber then dumb c**ts

  • nkhangwe.madzivh - 2012-05-28 14:50

    comrades are abusing their powers now,the only reason city press remove the picture is because of ANC threatened them,we are going to have a serious problem because every one and every org that will differ with ANC will be threaten and abused the same way.what happen to freedom of speech?