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COSATU condemns portrait of President Zuma

18 May 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions is disgusted at the demeaning portrait showing President Jacob Zuma, in the pose of Lenin, with his genitals hanging out. This picture is offensive and disrespectful not only to an individual but to the democratically elected President of South Africa and therefore to the whole country and the people of South Africa.

COSATU fully supports the African National Congress’s demand to the artist and the Goodman Gallery to remove this “distasteful and vulgar portrait of the president” from display and from their website and destroy all printed promotional material, and will support the legal action the ANC intends to take to enforce the President’s right to dignity as contained in the constitution of our country.

Patrick Craven (National Spokesperson)
Congress of South African Trade Unions

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