Cape Town - An impromptu speech at the Open Book Festival at the weekend by Brett Murray, the Cape Town artist whose controversial painting, The Spear, caused a political storm four months ago, has been welcomed by city cartoonists.
In the satirical painting President Jacob Zuma was portrayed with his genitals exposed. Murray, who has declined to speak publicly about the issue which erupted in May, attended the Co/Mix event on Saturday at the festival.
Jonathan Shapiro, better known by his pen name Zapiro, said Murray said he did not want the pressure and threats brought against him to silence other artists and to stop them from speaking out.
“I was happy to see him breaking the ice,” Zapiro said.