Controversial Zuma painting

The African National Congress has gone to court in a bid to have a controversial painting of South Africa's president Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed removed from a gallery.

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Zuma's bid to have controversial painting removed

The African National Congress has gone to court in a bid to have a painting of South African President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed removed from a gallery.

The Party wants the Goodman Gallery to take down the controversial picture, which it describes as crude and racist.

Crowds gathered outside court to protest against the "abuse of artistic expression".

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

Two men accused of defacing the painting appeared in court on Wednesday charged with malicious damage to property. A third man, accused of spray painting the wall of the gallery where the painting was hanging, also appeared in court.

A protester holds up their sign outside the court
The African National Congress is due in court later today

Controversial picture of Zuma vandalised

Two men were taken into police custody accused of vandalising a portrait of South African President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

Zuma's African National Congress (ANC) party had already launched a legal bid to try to force the Goodman Gallery to remove the controversial picture, which it described as crude and racist.

Earlier ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said: "Genitals hanging there is not a debate, it's an insult, that's my starting point and that's where I stop."

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