Like Nelson Mandela Foundation, ANC (African National Congress) isn’t happy about Ayanda Mabulu’s latest painting of President Jacob Zuma and Nelson Mandela in a sexual act.
The ruling party said it will leave psychoanalysts and scholars of art to debate Mabulu’s narcissistic obsession with the phallus and human genitalia.
However, ANC acknowledged Mabulu’s freedom of expression and asserted that his latest painting is grotesque, inflammatory and of bad taste.
“No matter what message he may want to send to President Zuma and the African National Congress, we view his work as crossing the bounds of rationality to degradation, exploiting the craft of creative art for nefarious ends.
“More concerning is his callous abuse of our icon, the late founding president of democratic South Africa,” stated the ruling party.
To ANC, the vulgarity and disdain for the dignity of others which Mabulu expressed in the painting isn’t only crude, demeaning and derogatory. It also showed that “no freedoms, including the freedom of expression, are unlimited.”
Thus, ANC indicated that it will seek recourse through the criminal justice system as well as the institutions set up to promote and protect the fundamental human rights of all in South Africa.
“Having noted social media outrage generated by Mabulu’s sustained personal attacks of the President, we urge all South Africans to remain calm and ignore this graffiti as an instrument of division rather than nation building.
“Our task must be to confront and challenge delinquency, masquerading as art, that does nothing to strengthen our moral fibre or the values our society holds dear.
“We cannot and must not allow such crassness to be used to insult our sensibilities as a nation,” ANC added.
Similarly, the Nelson Mandela Foundation in reaction to the painting, acknowledged the public outrage it has caused and welcomed the fact that the public is offended by it.
While the Foundation expressed their respect for Mabulu’s right to freedom of expression, they upheld that the painting was distasteful.
Meanwhile, Mabulu defended his piece saying Mandela would understand the message behind the painting.