Graphic Zuma-Mandela painting sparks outrage in SA 

President Jacob Zuma. Controversial South African artist Ayanda Mabulu has sparked outrage with his painting depicting the president having sex with anti-apartheid icon, the late Nelson Mandela. PHOTO|PETER DUBE 

Controversial South African artist Ayanda Mabulu has sparked outrage with his painting depicting President Jacob Zuma having sex with anti-apartheid icon, the late Nelson Mandela.

Mr Mabulu is the same artist who painted President Zuma licking the buttocks of Indian businessman, Atul Gupta, in an aircraft cockpit in which the flag of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) can be seen.

However Mr Mabulu, who has previously said he hates President Zuma, has defended himself saying that the painting in fact shows President Zuma raping Mandela, and that it depicted the state of the nation.

“The rapist is continuing to do what he is good at‚” he said.

Mr Mabulu said that in the painting, the country's first post-apartheid leader Mr Mandela is a representation of how South Africans are treated.

"All the people who died before 1994 died in vain. They must be turning in their graves today when they see the oppressor‚ the rapist doing what he does. He is constantly molesting this country," he said. 

ANC to seek recourse

The ruling ANC has called on the public to remain calm and ignore the artist while it "seeks recourse through the justice system." 

The ANC labelled the artwork “grotesque,” adding that Mr Mabulu has “narcissistic obsession” with human genitalia.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said that while it respected the artist’s right to freedom of expression‚ it found the painting distasteful.

"In reaction to the painting currently in the public domain by Mr Ayanda Mabulu‚ the Nelson Mandela Foundation notes the public outrage it has caused and appreciates that the public is offended by it‚" the foundation said in a statement. 

Protests

Meanwhile, Mr Mabulu has urged other artists and the public to protest against President Zuma's continued presidency.

“We need to go out and not march for a day‚ but for weeks and months until we kick him out and throw him in a rubbish dump. People criticising the depiction on Mandela should focus on the rapist. They should ask the president why he is portraying them in this way," he said.

Public calls for President Zuma to resign have heightened in recent weeks with four anti-Zuma protests held over the past two weeks.

The marches, one nationwide, came after the president reshuffled his Cabinet‚ removing former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas from their posts. 

Following the reshuffle, two agencies downgraded South Africa's credit rating to junk status. 

 

 

 

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