South Africa: “The Spear” gets age restriction

Controversial painting of South African President Jacob Zuma has been given an age restriction. The piece entitled “The Spear” which displays the president with his genitals exposed, has been given a 16N rating by The Film and Publication Board, meaning children under the age of 16 cannot view the work because it contains nudity. Anyone who wishes to reproduce the image will also be subject to the restriction. Earlier this week, City Press were forced to remove an image of the painting from their website. Zuma has taken legal action to have the painting removed from the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.

South Africa: Newspaper drops controversial image of president from website

The website of a South African newspaper has been forced to remove an image of a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma.  City Press newspaper were put under pressure from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) who called for the website to be boycotted until the “insulting portrait” was removed. The image, which shows the president with his genitals exposed and is entitled The Spear, appeared as part of a satirical art exhibition at a gallery in Johannesburg, and has caused massive controversy, leading to Zuma taking legal action to have the portrait removed.

South Africa: Jacob Zuma painting vandalised in gallery

A controversial painting depicting South African president Jacob Zuma exposing his genitals has been vandalised at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. The image, which has prompted Zuma to take legal action to have it removed from the gallery, has been covered in black and red paint. The painting — entitled The Spear — by provocative artist Brett Murray, has already been sold for $14,000 (£9,000). The vandals claimed the the painting is “disrespectful to President Zuma”.