Zuma painting defaced!
"The work has been painted over with black and red paint"
The controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma in the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg has been defaced, gallery staff confirmed on Tuesday.
“The work has been painted over with black and red paint,” a spokesman said.
Two men were involved: One man painted an X on the painting, then another came and painted over the 'offending bits'.
Metro FM said the two were a lecturer and his student.
Both men were detained by gallery security staff.
One of the men was seen being dramatically restrained and wrestled to the ground by a security guard.
The painting, called "The Spear" by Brett Murray, had been bought by a German collector for about R136,000.
Both the face and waist section of the painting are now covered in black paint and no longer visible.
- Meanwhile, elsewhere in the city today, a court hearing over the painting was in progress.
Thursday was set down as the date for a full bench of the High Court in Johannesburg to hear the ANC’s application to have a painting depicting President Zuma with his genitals exposed taken down.
Judge Kathree Setiloane said: “This is a matter of great national importance”.
The date was set after a quick hearing in the packed court. It was over in 15 minutes, with the judge moving on to other matters.
During the application, the judge was told that Zuma’s children would also be joining the case to have the painting “The Spear” removed from the Goodman Gallery. It was not immediately clear which of Zuma’s children were joining the case.
Artist Brett Murray, who created the painting, had also applied to be part of proceedings.
The postponement allowed for all parties to file further papers to the court.
It is not yet clear whether this case will proceed, given that the painting has been defaced.