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No appeal date set for ‘The Spear’ - FPB

The Film and Publications Board has received the appeal against its decision to classify ‘The Spear’.

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

PRETORIA - The Film and Publications Board (FPB) said it had received an appeal against its decision to classify 'The Spear' painting from the Goodman Gallery in Rosebank, but said it had yet to set a date for a hearing.

Last month, the board's classification committee imposed an age restriction of 16 on the portrait for nudity, following complaints from members of the public.

Thousands of ANC members also marched to the gallery and said the painting should never have been displayed.

The painting, which featured President Jacob Zuma with exposed genitals, was vandalised by two men at the gallery and no longer exists in its offending form.

Kathy Govender, who sits on the Film and Publication Board's Appeal Tribunal must still consider the application by the Goodman Gallery.

The board said once that was done, its lawyers would be notified on the next step in the process.

The gallery will argue that the classification committee failed to consider the fact that 'The Spear' is a bonafide work of art, by a bonafide artist.

It will further state that 'The Spear' is a work of political satire, and that the artist's constitutionally protected right to freedom of expression was disregarded.

'The Spear' was one of Brett Murray's artworks that formed part of his Hail to the Thief II exhibition.