JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The spokesman for a Johannesburg gallery says it has agreed to remove from its website a painting that depicts the South African president’s genitals.
The announcement came as 2,000 protesters for the African National Congress marched to the gallery Tuesday to demonstrate against the painting.
Gallery spokesman Neil Dundas says he told an ANC delegation that the painting will be taken down from the website after Tuesday. The concession comes after vandals defaced the painting last week, leading the Goodman Gallery to remove it from the show.
President Jacob Zuma is asking the High Court to issue an order that the display of the now-defaced painting violated his constitutional right to dignity.
“The Spear” by Brett Murray went on display at the Goodman, one of the country’s leading galleries, early this month.
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