The Spear

Trace Zuma’s trajectory by muted reaction to ‘shock art’

Four years ago, a painting of Zuma got half the country up in arms. This year, another one is hardly commented on.

Zuma’s seven unpardonable sins

Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth - the feathers in our president's cap.

‘The Spear’ vandalism case postponed

The trial of Louis Mabokela, accused of vandalising the Jacob Zuma 'The Spear' painting, has been postponed in the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court.

2012: The year of tawdry politics on a plate

The ANC has delivered an unpalatable 12 months that has left the nation hungry for leadership, writes Richard Calland.

Appeal tribunal shreds classification of ‘The Spear’

The Film and Publications Board cannot ban online images, an appeal tribunal told it this week.

Appeal tribunal declassifies ‘The Spear’

A ruling on the classification of "The Spear" artwork has been overturned by the Film and Publications Board's (FPB) Appeal Tribunal.

ConCourt upholds ruling on Film and Publications Act

The ConCourt has upheld a high court ruling, which found that certain provisions of the Films and Publications Act are unconstitutional and invalid.

Goodman Gallery appeals ‘Spear’ rating

The Goodman Gallery has lodged papers with the Film and Publications Board Appeal Tribunal in an attempt to overturn the 16N rating of "The Spear".

Pimples: Spear us your heritage

It's that time of year when we remember our heritage and celebrate our cultural diversity. For the Pimples, it's about letting it all hang out. Watch the video.

Hearing on ‘The Spear’ defacement postponed

The trial of two men accused of vandalising the painting depicting President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed has been postponed to October.

Zuma artwork ‘exposes issues’

The artist of the latest explicit picture of the president, Ayanda Mabulu says his work is comment and no disrespect is intended.

McKaiser: Nudity has lost its political potency

The reaction to a new painting of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed has been banal but in an interesting way, Eusebius McKaiser has said.


From the archives: For the first time, an insiders’ account of the Third Force

Two young gangsters give an horrific account of how they were encouraged, equipped and trained to carry out violence against ANC-linked targets by the security forces.

Ramaphosa bets big on infrastructure to boost economy

Sona was a mixed bag but there were some meaningful announcements

Stranded commuters say Ramaphosa’s rail promises ring hollow

Cape Town’s largest passenger rail line has been closed for months, hitting people’s pockets and adding to road traffic congestion

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it