Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

ANC supporters embark on Goodman Gallery march

Ruling party supporters have begun their march on the Goodman Gallery to protest against the controversial Spear painting, which depicts President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

The marchers set off from Zoo Lake, led by Gwede Mantashe, Tony Yengeni and Blade Nzimande, at about 11.30am, after about 2 000 ANC supporters had gathered, singing struggle songs and brandishing placards.

Many vendors selling ANC memorabilia were also present, offering peak-caps, t-shirts, wraps and blankets.

Although all assembled were vocal in their opposition to the artwork, many differed over how and why they were opposed to it. 

Some were adamant the artwork is an affront to President Zuma’s dignity and a personal attack on his integrity. They were taking part to show their support for the man himself and to sing his praises ahead of the next ANC elective conference in Mangaung this year.

There have already been cries supporting Zuma and decrying his enemies.

“Phansi, Julius! Phansi!” many jeered, in reference to the expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. “Viva, Zuma! Viva!”

Other held placards labelling Zuma a “god” under attack who deserved a second term.

“When we go to Mangaung we’ll be rubbing shoulders with Tata Zuma, we will make sure he will be re-elected. He deserves a second term, no matter what they say about him or how they treat him,” Thandabuntu Baloyi, who made the trip from Nelsrpuit, told the Mail & Guardian.

However, there were also marchers who felt the protest was not about any individual, but rather about protecting African culture.

“This is not about Zuma, this about cultural differences,” Musa Nkuna told the M&G, clad in an ANC shirt emblazoned with former president Nelson Mandela. “Brett Murray has the right to say what he wants, but he should take into account who he is offending. It is completely wrong to portray an elder with there privates hanging out. How would you feel if your father was painted like that.” 

“I am here to protect Zuma and my culture. That painting is an insult to all the men of South Africa,” Mildred Theis of Alexandra told M&G.

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Nickolaus Bauer
Nickolaus Bauer is the Mail & Guardian's jack of all trades news reporter that chases down stories ranging from politics and sports to big business and social justice. Armed with an iPad, SLR camera, camcorder and dictaphone, he aims to fight ignorance and pessimism through written words, photographs and videos. He believes South Africa could be the greatest country in the world if only her citizens would give her a chance to flourish instead of dwell on the negativity. When he's not begging his sub-editors for an extra twenty minutes after deadline, he's also known to dabble in the occasional poignant column that will leave you mulling around in the depths of your psyche. The quintessential workaholic, you can also catch him doing sports on the weekday breakfast show on SAfm and presenting the SAfm Sports Special over the weekend.

Related stories


Subscribers only

Despite promises, medical interns at 2 Military Hospital remain unpaid

The interns were told they would receive salaries at the end of April, but that did not happen

Khoikhoi versus US giant Amazon

The controversial River Club development gets the go-ahead, but opponents say they are heading for court

More top stories

Ipid report clears cops of misconduct for use of water...

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate found no misconduct was committed by police who used a water cannon on a crowd outside the Sassa office in Bellville, Cape Town

Cape winter storm causes two deaths, 57 families evacuated

The winter storm that made landfall on Wednesday morning and caused widespread damage is not yet over

Case of municipal manager who got luxury gifts for depositing...

Tsakane Ngobeni received holidays, expensive watches and beauty treatments from another VBS Mutual Bank accused

Ramaphosa tells party caucus he was ‘shocked’ by Magashule’s suspension...

Magashule’s letter, in which he refused to step aside, said he would be appealing his suspension and added that he was “suspending” Ramaphosa. The letter is said to have angered the president.

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…