*(Via theGrio) – South African President Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress sought a court order Tuesday to have a painting depicting the president’s genitals removed from an art gallery but two men took matters into their own hands by defacing the portrait with gobs of paint.
The case is spiced with freedom of expression on the one hand and the right to dignity on the other. It took center stage after the painting by Brett Murray went on display in a Johannesburg gallery this month and was reported on in local media. Zuma, who has a reputation for promiscuity, took the depiction of him with his private parts exposed very personally and compared himself somewhat ironically to a rape victim. Zuma himself was put on trial for rape, and acquitted, in 2006.
“The portrayal has ridiculed and caused me humiliation and indignity,” Zuma contended in an affidavit filed Tuesday with the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.
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