When President Jacob Zuma was portrayed with his genitals exposed in The Spear in 2012, Brett Murray’s painting was defaced twice and large crowds gathered to protest.

When Zuma was portrayed licking the anus of Gupta family patriarch Atul this week, the South African Communist Party (SACP) said it was busy with other stuff right now, and would maybe get around to commenting on it over the weekend.

“When things [such as this] happen, they find us in the midst of a programme and we don’t just stop a programme to shift our attention,” said spokesperson Alex Mashilo.

The SACP had a rally in Standerton on Sunday, Mashilo said, and it might raise the issue there – in the context of how the media was being used to demean other individuals.

The party is not alone among the once-staunch Zuma supporters who were quiet or absent when artist Ayanda Mabulu’s latest offering was put on display at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

  The exhibition, titled Post Its No.