No broadcast of Zuma's teary lawyer

The South Gauteng High Court rules that images of Zuma’s teary lawyer will not be broadcasted.

ANC supporters gather outside the South Gauteng High Court ahead of The Spear case of 24 May 2012. Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South Gauteng High Court on Thursday ruled that visuals of Advocate Gcina Malindi breaking down during 'The Spear' proceedings may not be broadcast.

But government issued a statement slamming the _eNews Channel _for censoring the visuals.

Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said the channel was biased.

He said the visuals would have shown Malindi's deep pain and emotion caused by the humiliation and denigration of the dignity of President Jacob Zuma.

But the channel's Head of News Patrick Conroy said they chose not to show the visuals as it may have been a violation of their agreement with the court.

As a broadcaster, they had to abide by the rules of the court, he said.

Malindi broke down in tears while arguing that his client's dignity was infringed by Brett Murray's controversial painting showing Zuma with his genitals exposed.

The three judges were forced to adjourn proceedings until a date yet to be determined.

Zuma launched the application to have a portrait removed from Rosebank's Goodman Gallery and the _City Press _website.