Artist Ayanda Mabulu has defended his painting which depicts President Jacob Zuma performing a sexual act on late former president, Nelson Mandela.
Mabulu says he is merely expressing his views on the current situation in the country.
The painting is interpreted as “raping” Mandela’s legacy.
“There are people who understand that Nelson Mandela was that glimpse of hope. If you're talking about 1994 and South Africa right now, the only thing that comes to people's minds is Mandela. So I decided to use him as a person who represents the hope of the marginalised who are being disappointed by the president of the country right now.”
Listen to Mabulu’s full interview below:
Meanwhile, Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO, Sello Hatang, says society has entered what he describes as an era of vulgarity.
Hatang says although he respects Mabulu's right to freedom of expression, his painting is in bad taste.
“We recognise and acknowledge the rights of the artist and his freedom of expression, and it's also true that we maybe as an example, we should take from Madiba's life where Zapiro depicted him in a particular way... and Madiba, instead of taking offence, called Zapiro to his office and said thank you for holding the mirror so that I could then see this through satire. We however do say that this is a piece of art that we find disgusting, and we do not believe that it helps take us anywhere in terms of the message that he wants to convey. It also says a lot about where we are. We have entered an era of vulgarity.”
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