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Controversial Zuma painting vandalised

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Controversial Zuma painting vandalised


A controversial painting depicting South African president Jacob Zuma with his genitals out has been defaced.

Two men covered the artwork with red and black paint in the Goodman Gallery Johannesburg. It comes as the ruling ANC called for its removal.

TV footage showed a white middle-aged man in a suit walking up to the portrait at a Johannesburg gallery and painting a red cross on president’s face and private parts.

A younger black man then smeared black paint over the picture while the first man was being taken into custody by security guards.

The picture of Zuma, called ‘The Spear’, is a facsimile of a famous poster of communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, and is part of a wider exhibition addressing the perception of endemic corruption in Nelson Mandela’s former liberation movement.

In the red, black and yellow painting, the president is shown striking Lenin’s heroic stance, but with his penis hanging out of his trousers.

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