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Youth against 'The Spear' - Study

A new study shows the majority of South African young people feel The Spear should be destroyed.

The Spear defaced. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - A new study shows the majority of South Africa young people feel the controversial President Jacob Zuma painting should be destroyed.

The survey conducted by mobile research firm Pondering Panda shows that around 56 percent of those under the age of 35 believe are pleased that the painting of Zuma with his genitals exposed was defaced.

Only 29 percent of the respondents indicated that it should not have been ruined.

Over 1,500 respondents participated in the survey.

Pondering Panda's Shirley Wakefield says the most significant difference of opinion shows up among different race groups.

"A total of 60 percent young black youths say the painting should have been destroyed, with Coloureds youth coming in at 30 percent, and white youth in about 27 percent."

The Spear was defaced on Tuesday by two men at the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank.

Barend le Grange sprayed red paint over the painting before Louis Mabokela smeared black paint over the portrait.

The two men claim they were not working together.

A third man was arrested after he wrote "respect" on the walls of the gallery.

All three have since been released on R1,000 bail and will return in court in June.

On Thursday, a full bench heard the case against The Spear at the South Gauteng High Court.

Zuma and his children are arguing that the painting infringes with his right to dignity and it should be banned.

The case was postponed in definitely, but the judges said it would be difficult to ban the portrait as it is all over the internet.