'The Spear' infringes Zuma's dignity
President Jacob Zuma's lawyers said 'The Spear' is an unlawful infringement of his right to dignity.
JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma's lawyers have told the South Gauteng High Court, The Spear painting is an unlawful infringement of his right to dignity.
They have just started making their case against the Goodman Gallery.
It took some time for the three judges to deal with housekeeping issues before Zuma's advocate, Gcina Malinde, began outlining his case.
"The president seeks a declaration that a portrait or painting, that shall be described shortly, unlawfully infringes his right to human dignity," he said.
"He seeks a vindication of constitutionally entrenched human rights under Chapter Two."
The courtroom is completely full and there have already been disputes over seating.
Meanwhile, ANC supporters are gathered outside the courthouse.
They are demanding that the portrait be banned from social networking sites.
'The Spear' was vandalised by two men at the gallery on Tuesday.
Barend la Grange painted an 'X' with red paint on Zuma's face and genitals, while Louis Mabokela smeared black paint on the portrait with is hands.
They claimed they were not working together.
The two have since been granted R1,000 bail each.
Another man was later arrested after spray painting the word "respect" on the gallery's outside wall.
Their case has been set down for 28 June.