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Gallery denies removal agreement

The Goodman Gallery says ANC incorrectly told the crowds it agreed to remove The Spear

Gwede Mantashe during the ANC march to Goodman Gallery on 29 May 2012. JHBLive/Facebook

JOHANNESBURG - The Goodman Gallery on Tuesday said it had not reached a settlement with the ANC about removing an image of 'The Spear' painting from its website.

Thousands of people marched to the gallery on Tuesday, to protest against artist Brett Murray's controversial painting which shows the president with his genitals exposed.

Earlier, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the gallery had agreed to remove the image from its site.

He said they had a brief meeting with gallery officials and reached an agreement.

"Comrades, in the presence of everybody, the Goodman Gallery has watched your march and they committed to removing that portrait from their website," Mantashe told the demonstrators.

In a brief statement released on Tuesday, the gallery said Mantashe's comments do not reflect the proposals discussed at a meeting with the ANC.

It also said that those talks did not result in a settlement.

ANC protesters have now dispersed from the gallery.