South African President Jacob Zuma penis painting vandalized in gallery

22 May

Originally posted on National Post | News:

JOHANNESBURG — Two men on Tuesday vandalized a portrait of President Jacob Zuma posing as Vladimir Lenin with his genitals exposed in a Johannesburg gallery, prompting the curator to take down the painting.

The vandalism succeeded where a street protest, a court battle and a pornography probe had so far failed in making the Goodman Gallery remove the painting from an art exhibition about corruption.

A red X was painted over Zuma’s face and genitalia before black paint was smeared across the image. The scene was captured by the local eNews television station and broadcast endlessly through the day.

Two men were arrested for defacing the portrait, and a third man was arrested for spray-painting the gallery’s wall, police spokesman Vish Naidoo told AFP. The third man had tried to paint the word “Respect” outside the gallery, according to Sapa news agency.

REUTERS/Iman Rappetti/eNews Channel/Handout

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