The Spear of the nation works harder than the head of the nation . . .

Can we just pause a moment and think about the fact that our entire news reporting, judicial system and social media network is clogged by the fact that our Pres JZs penis has been painted on canvas.

Now that it has sunk in and you realize that something about this is just fundamentally wrong let me give you my view for a second. We live (well I don’t for now) in a place where violent crime is a real and living problem, unemployment is close to double what the government tells us it is, poverty, disease, education and healthcare are all at the absolute minimum of standards in most parts of the country and for the last week our governments BIGGEST SINGLE CONCERN is that the president has been painted naked (thankfully not with his titties hanging out – he has a suit on so surely that provides some dignity) – does this not just seem horrifically wrong to anyone?

I mean let’s be fair here for a moment – if JZ were the President of the USA he would be getting torn to shreds 24 hours a day by talk show host after talk show host let alone have to worry about something hanging in the Goodman gallery in Pretoria. In fact if he actually was president of a first world country chances are he would be in jail for fraud, corruption or rape – you take your pick. So the fact that he has caused a media frenzy because his ‘spear’ is hanging proudly in the neighborhood art gallery I think is a little beyond me!



They say that it questions his morals and dignity but with the greatest respect Mr Prez you aren’t exactly viewed by the world as the most upstanding and moral citizen we have. I think the fact that you have more wives than I have cufflinks does tend to paint you in, lets just say, a rather precarious light does it not?

So far you have embraced this view with a ‘I’m proud of myself so you can get F$#@ED attitude and all of a sudden a painting like this bothers you so much what happened to this proud untouchable warrior?

As the president you have a responsibility to the people to deliver basic services to them, not worry about the tabloids, newspapers or songs that are being sung behind your back. You are supposed to be bigger than that, stronger than that and more presidential THAN THAT! You owe your people that much and by the way you have handled this whole event just shows how infantile your abilities to lead this nation actually are.

I think the best part of this entire story is the German guy who actually bought the painting. He was grilled on why he bought it and what his agenda was and he merely said ‘I just like big black penis’s’.

Finally someone in this whole story has actually taken this complete event for what it is – A JOKE and just another global headline that embarrasses even further! Sometimes I wonder if Tata Madiba wants his face on our new money anymore!

After all is said and done two morons ran into the gallery with paint on their hands and spent a few minutes, essentially, jerking off the painted Jacob Zuma on the wall until the painting was virtually unrecognisable (good solution JZ – pay some thugs to run in and throw paint on it – that’ll make the headlines go away) . . .

Thankfully due to the internet the image of JZs in all his glory will never be lost to humanity no matter what hired thugs decide to do with themselves. I think though I choose to remember not the original artwork but the brilliance that is, as always, encapsulated by ZAPIRO in both drawing and just a few captioning words!

4 thoughts on “The Spear of the nation works harder than the head of the nation . . .”

  1. Nice Mike, fully agree!
    Just a quick Geography lesson – Goodman Gallery is Cnr Jan smuts and Glenhove, Jhb.

  2. Thanks for the geography lesson Lee – I’ve come to the conclusion that now that i live in a real city the whole of South Africa is just one place like i used to think about Boksburg/Benoni/and the other one in the South!

  3. Thank you for a good commentry.As South Africans I believe we should learn to laugh at ourselves ,the rest of the world is laughing said by Mel Miller

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