Controversial South African artist Ayanda Mabulu triggered an uproar across the country over his latest painting, which showed former AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma lying in a compromising sexual position and president Zuma standing naked.
The so-called artwork, which is apparently another scathing on the number one citizen and his scandal-plagued government, was reportedly unveiled last week – to the displeasure and irritation of many people, including the African National Congress (ANC) and the ANC Women League (ANCWL).
In reaction to the repulsive painting, the ANC Women League expressed utmost dismay with Mabulu. The league said in a statement issued on Friday that the nasty artwork now clearly shows that the artist is being used to humiliate black leaders in the country.
“In our analysis as the ANCWL, Mr Mabulu is just a rented tool used by the enemies of the ANC to assassinate characters of ANC leaders using Mabulu’s painting skills. Their decision to use the likes of Mabulu is to hide behind media freedom and freedom of expression to advance their malicious smear campaign tactics.
“The painting of Mr Mabulu depicting Cde President Jacob Zuma and Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a distasteful way is a desperate move by the white monopoly capital and their praise singers, using a rented black painter to tarnish the image of these leaders hoping that it will stop winding wheels of radical economic transformation,” ANCWL spokesperson Meokgo Matuba said.
Similarly, ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa condemned the painting, which he said “defiles the very founding values of our nation and is an insult to our collective morality”. He, therefore, called on the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) and citizens who stand for the defence of the country’s constitution not to turn a blind eye to the painting.
Offensive Painting Showing Zuma: Four Times Artist Ayanda Mabulu Made Headlines
Each time Ayanda unveils a painting of President Zuma, it becomes clearer that he sees the embattled president as the architect of South Africa’s doom and the parasite that has eaten up every good thing our fathers fought and laboured for.
Artist Ayanda Mabulu may have no better way to express his thought and feelings about the present government except to expose Zuma’s genitals on art boards. But the fact that he has made it a ‘habit’ has continuously earned him backlash from so many people, including Zuma’s critics.
If you have been following him up, you’ll agree that he has dragged the president’s sense of dignity through the dirty mire four times, in the name of painting.
- He first made headlines in 2012, when he painted several works depicting Zuma naked and in compromising positions.
- Later on, he unveiled a painting titled Umshini Wam (bring my machine), which showed the president wearing traditional Zulu regalia with his right leg raised and his genitals exposed.
- Last year, precisely in July 2016, Edward Zuma and the ANC vowed to deal with Mabulu after he painted Zuma engaging in a sexual act with one of the Gupta brothers.
- The fearless artist also went against several earlier warnings in April this year, when he drew Zuma raping former president Nelson Mandela.
Trust onliners, immediately Mabulu dropped his latest painting on social media, it led to a split in opinion, with many people speaking against Ayanda Mabulu’s painting.