Ayanda Mabulu’s latest painting is grotesque, inflammatory and of bad taste, according to the African National Congress (ANC).
“Whilst we respect Mabulu’s freedom of expression…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,” said the ANC’s Khusela Sangoni.
The always controversial Mabulu’s latest painting features President Jacob Zuma performing a sexual act on late former President Nelson Mandela.
“Such vulgarity and disdain for the dignity of others is crude, demeaning, derogatory and markedly makes the point that no freedoms, including the freedom of expression, are unlimited.
“Accordingly, the ANC reserves its right to 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,” said Sangoni.
The ANC has called on its members and South Africans to ignore Mabulu’s latest painting and not infringe on his rights to freedom of expression.
Many have taken to social media to voice out their opinions about the painting.
— Thandi Mabasa (@snukums94) April 20, 2017
The late Madiba doesn’t deserve this kind of insult,you must be ashame of yourself for calling that piece of art???#AyandaMabula
— Collins Thabang (@chiloane_) April 21, 2017
So I decide to google Ayanda Mabula’s painting cause I hadn’t seen it… I really wish I hadn’t… What a WOW?
— Thusani Tshivhase (@Thuci) April 21, 2017
Ayanda Mabula’s latest piece??? If that’s art I’d rather live in a plain world without creativity,that’s just tasteless
— Rato Makgeledisa (@Rato_Luv) April 20, 2017
Me trying to unsee the latest Ayanda Mabulu ‘art’. pic.twitter.com/Jz8LYUL9VB
— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) April 20, 2017
The Nelson Mandela foundation has also expressed that while it respects Mabulu’s right to freedom of expression, “we however find this painting distasteful.”
Mabulu is no stranger to stirring controversy with his paintings. Last year he irked the ANC and many South Africans with a painting depicting President Jacob Zuma engaged in a sexual act with a member of the Gupta family.