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Sat Aug 01 15:53:31 SAST 2015

'The Spear' declassified

Sapa | 10 October, 2012 19:12
"The Spear" defaced. File photo.
Image by: Elizabeth Sejake

A ruling on the classification of "The Spear" artwork was overturned by the Film and Publications Board's (FPB) Appeal Tribunal on Wednesday, the regulatory body said.

Spokesman Prince Ndamase said this meant the painting was no longer subject to a rating of 16N, which the board introduced in July.

The Goodman Gallery appealed against the classification on September 17, on the grounds that it was "impermissible and unsustainable". "The Spear", painted by Cape Town-based artist Brett Murray, depicted President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

Ndamase said the Film and Publications Board would issue a statement outlining its position on the ruling in the next few weeks.

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