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‘The Spear’: Tweet that ‘broke’ City Press editor’s back is fake

The latest news in the ongoing ‘Spear of the Nation’ saga is that the tweet which made City Press editor Ferial Haffajee decide to remove the painting from the website wasn’t sent by someone she’d known since university — but rather by his fan account.

In a recent post explaining her decision to take down on the website, Haffajee said:

The tweet that broke this camel’s back was one by Patrice Motsepe, the businessman and soccer baron whom I have known since university and with whom I thought I had a congenial relationship.

He said I probably don’t want the painting to come down as I need it for the long lonely nights. I presume he meant its phallus. He knows I am single. It must have taken great anger to get a man I know to be of elegance and wit to get to such a point.

I play tough tackle and expect to get intellectually whipped when I do. But this humiliation I can well live without. It’s simply not worth it and I guess we have made our point and must move on.

The tweet in question was sent by Patrice Motsepe’s fan account (which has since changed its display name):

The Twitter user was surprised to discover they contributed to Haffajee’s decision, especially since it states in their Twitter bio that they are running a fan account. They tweeted:

Hafajee later confirmed the mistake:

City Press removed photographs of the painting, which depicts South African president Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, after concerns for the safety of the newspaper’s journalists and vendors. Hafajee called the move an “olive branch”, after the ruling party called for a boycott of the newspaper. The removal of images of the painting has received mixed reactions on social media sites.

Author | Nur Bremmen: Staff reporter

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  • Haffajee, I dont agree with the move.1000s of africans support you too. I dont think a mans opinion attacking your sexual conduct should be the straw that breaks the camels back. As a professional, I am surprised that you see his opinion as valid, at the end of the day men will always attack from an egotistical viewpoint&you should have put it down to that rather than allow him to affect you. Furthermore, he was actually proving to you that he is not freedom rights fighter because nobody who stands in the way of the truth(fictional art included) believes in freedom of press. If he did then even the ugliest things would still get to the public. I am very surprised you allowed someone clearly thinking with his own genitals to affect you. Thanks for standing your ground as long as you did, I support freedom of speech ALWAYS

  • Kelton Hallo

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  • Jeremy Rance

    Rhino and Hawkeye

  • Tom C

    Apocalypse and Sentry

  • Kraevn

    Susan Storm (Invisible Woman) Hawkeye

  • Monica Young

    Invisible Woman and Hawkeye are not there!

  • jpwilson

    Firestar and Nightcrawler

  • Its Ms Cleo to you ♔

    Invisible Woman and Captain America

  • Ein

    Banshee and Squirrel Girl

  • Kelton Hallo

    Thanks! How do I contact you with my information? :)

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