ANCWL joins call on march to Goodman Gallery

The ANC Women's League joined the call on the march to the Goodman Gallery on Tuesday.

A man defaces 'The Spear' at the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank. Picture: eNews

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Women's League joined the call to march to the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank, north of Johannesburg.

This week, the ANC called for its members to march to the gallery on Tuesday, in protest of two artworks on display there. 

The artworks were painted by Cape Town artist Brett Murray, and form part of his Hail to the Thief II exhibition.

The Spear, which depicts President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, was defaced by two men on Tuesday.

But the ANC said the gallery should not have displayed it in the first place.

The other artwork is the ANC logo with the words “For Sale” and “Sold” painted across the artwork. 

The ANC, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and Zuma’s family have said ‘The Spear’ painting is vulgar and infringed on the president’s right to dignity and privacy. 

The spokesperson for the ANC Women's League, Troy Martens, said the issue of the painting “touched a lot of people and caused a lot of pain because of the lack of dignity given to the ANC president.

“As the women’s league, we’ve decided to join the call to defend the president and defend the ANC.”

Marchers are expected to meet at Zoo Lake at 9am, and start marching at 10am on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the South Gauteng High Court is currently hearing an application by Zuma and the ANC to prevent 'The Spear' from being exhibited or published in newspapers and on various websites.