Nelson Mandela, Jacob Zuma Rape Painting causes Outrage in South Africa

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Nelson Mandela, Jacob Zuma Sexually Explicit Painting

A sexually explicit painting of late South African leader Nelson Mandela and current president Jacob Zuma by artist Ayanda Mabulu has stirred outrage across the nation.

The new painting from the controversial South African artist, presents the anti-apartheid leader as well as incumbent president naked, while the former sits on the latter in a sofa.


This has been condemned by many organisations and individuals alike, citing that Mabulu crossed the line this time, with his work.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation which found the piece “distateful” has through a statement, dated Thursday, April 20, 2017 noted that “as much as we respect Mr. Mabulu‘s right to freedom of expression, we are also disturbed by the image.”

The governing African National Congress (ANC) has also tagged the work as “grotesque, inflammatory and of bad taste.”nelson mandela jacob zuma painting

“No matter what message he may want to send to President Zuma and African National Congress, we view [Mabulu‘s] work as crossing the bounds of rationality to degradation, exploiting the craft of creative art for nefarious ends,” the statement added.

He has also been lambasted by social media users and below are some of the comments:

However, Mabulu has defended his work while calling on other artists to do same until the president steps down.

According to South Africa’s Times Live, Mabulu has mentioned that “the rapist is continuing to do what he is good at…He is constantly molesting the country.”

“We need to go out and not march for a day, but for weeks, months until we kick him out and throw him in a rubbish dump,” the report added.

In recent weeks, many South Africans have demonstrated against the president for his actions and inactions.

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Ayanda Mabulu

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