S Africa`s ANC fumes over art ridiculing President
ANC lawyers will go to court to force a gallery to remove a painting of South African President Jacob Zuma that depicts his genitals.
Johannesburg: One of South Africa`s best-known artists has angered the governing African National Congress with a show that ridicules the party and the country’s President.
In a statement on Thursday, ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu says Brett Murray`s sculptures and paintings, featured in an exhibition at a major Johannesburg gallery titled "Hail to the Thief II”, are an "abuse of freedom of artistic expression”.
Mthembu says ANC lawyers will go to court to force the Goodman Gallery to remove a painting of President Jacob Zuma that depicts his genitals from the exhibition and from its website.
The gallery did not immediately respond to a call and an e-mail requesting comment. Murray, known for provocative and political work, said through the gallery that he would have no comment.