Ban painting, marchers demand
Several hundred people have marched through Durban demanding that a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma be banned.
The protesters, led by Cosatu KwaZulu-Natal secretary Zet Luzipho and Durban deputy mayor Logie Naidoo, marched to the City Hall.
Several members of the SA Communist Party set fire to copies of City Press to protest the paper’s publishing of the painting, The Spear.
One of Zuma’s wives, Nompumelelo Ntuli, joined the marchers en route to the city from the Durban Christian Centre, where the marchers had gathered.
A group of young women particpating in an Africa Day march joined in, as did Zuma’s son Edward and KwaZulu-Natal Taxi Alliance boss Eugene Hadebe.
Durban tycoon Vivian Reddy, a well-known Zuma backer, also took part in the march.
Apart from the burning of newspapers, the march was peaceful.
But Hadebe told marchers when he addressed them that if the demand for the painting to be banned was not taken seriously, they would bring the city and the rest of the country to a standstill.