SOUTH AFRICA: President Zuma Outraged By Controversial Portrait
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma could be heading back to court, this time over a controversial portrait of him with his genitals exposed.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday vowed to go to court to get the painting removed from a Johannesburg art gallery.
“The ANC is extremely disturbed and outraged by the distasteful and indecent manner in which Brett Murray and the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg are displaying the person of comrade President Jacob Zuma,” said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.
He said ANC lawyers had been instructed “to approach our courts to compel the gallery to remove the portrait from display and destroy all printed promotional material’’.
The 1.85m-high acrylic on canvas painting, entitled ‘The Spear’ is part of Murray’s Hail to the Thief II exhibition at the gallery.
City Press newspaper has refused to remove a photograph of the painting from its website despite a threat of court action by the ANC.
“We will respond to court papers when served. The courts will make a decision and we’ll abide by the court ruling,” said City Press executive editor Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya.