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Blog: SA moves on from The Spear

30/05/2012

Although a somewhat more reserved march than what we have been used to in the last weeks, yesterday’s march to the Goodman Gallery turned into a celebratory event as attendees were told by the ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe that their memorandum delivery to the gallery was successful and the controversial image of President Zuma in ‘The Spear’ would be removed from the gallery’s website.

At this time it doesn’t matter that that wasn’t the case, but at the time of the march, the day was deemed successful.

It was very interesting to be reading of the proceedings of the Film and Publications Board at the same time of this march to the Goodman Gallery, addressing the same image by artist Brett Murray.

The FNB has classified the painting as 16N. this means children under the age of 16 should not have access to the painting as it depicts nudity.

Zuma and the ANC’s court bid before the South Gauteng High Court was withdrawn.

And South Africa can move onto more pressing matters…

The gathering at Zoo Lake was almost like a concert.

Zuma dignity high by S:P:S
Zuma dignity high, a photo by S:P:S on Flickr.

Protesters just outside the gallery turned a little fiercer with some reports of minor attacks on the police by the marchers.

Zuma dignity street by S:P:S
Zuma dignity street, a photo by S:P:S on Flickr.

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