The Zuma Spear

The hubbub around the Zuma Spear has died down, but it has certainly left a mark on the canvas of South African history (yes, yes, that was a barely concealed and absolutely contrived pun, but anyway…)


For those of you who may be unfamiliar with The Spear, it was a painting done by a South African artist and exhibited at the Goodman Gallery. The painting depicted the South African president, Jacob Zuma, in a Lenin-esque pose with his genitals exposed. There was an outcry from many Zuma-supporters and the ANC (African National Congress), the painting was later defaced.


I was invited to join a conversation (podcast) on the matter that centred around art as social commentary. Try this link to view the podcast:

I had the great opportunity of meeting Elfriede Dreyer who is an associate professor in Fine Arts at the Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria as well as Mongezi Mtati and Chris Dykes, our gracious hosts. Telana Simpson, who is an established Life Coach, did very clever things with technology to get the show running.


Let’s Talk Possibility is on the Let’s Talk Network, which is a non-profit South African podcasting and event streaming network. Their vision is to stimulate the growth of South African internet content by creating an audio and video platform that is accessible to everyone. Visit:





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