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.”
“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:
@Cultured_Review this is so appalling and disgusting and and and voetsek wena ayanda mbulu,this is disrespect of the highest order.
— madakito (@Mdakito) April 20, 2017
— Phillip Phalane (@BafanaPhalane) April 21, 2017
#Ayandamabulu my friend im not judging,but really this is so shaming especially for utata…..
— kycee (@kc_ngindi) April 21, 2017
— Sam Beynon (@BeynonSammy) April 21, 2017
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.