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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".
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.
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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The scandal of the portrait, the president, his privacy and his genitalia has captivated South Africa.
South Africa's president Jacob Zuma has gone to court in a bid to remove a painting of him with his genitals exposed removed from a gallery.