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Zuma opens painting court challenge

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Photo: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

Lawyers representing Jacob Zuma's party, the African National Congress, have been arguing that the portrait, known as 'The Spear' is 'unconstitutional'. South Africa's constitution, widely regarded as one of the most liberal in the world, protects every citizen's right to dignity and privacy.

The case was temporarily adjourned when a lawyer representing the ANC broke down in tears as he discussed South Africa's transition towards democracy.

Protesters gather outside the court in South Africa with placards which read 'we say no to abuse of artistic expression'

Outside court, around two hundred ANC supporters have gathered to protest against the portrait, singing so-called 'struggle songs' from the apartheid era.

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