Mabulu titled his painting “Economy of Rape”.
Artist Ayanda Mabulu has defended his painting saying he’s merely expressing his views on the current situation in the country. The painting is interpreted as raping the former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy. he spoke to Sakina Kamwendo.
“Whilst we respect Mabulu’s freedom of expression, we find his work grotesque, inflammatory and of bad taste,” the African National Congress (ANC) on Friday said in a statement.
Mabulu is no stranger to controversy. He courted trouble last year when he painted Zuma performing a sexual act with controversial businessman Atul Gupta in a cockpit of an aeroplane.
Another of his paintings, titled “Spear Down My Throat (The Pornography of Power)” in 2015 depicted Zuma with his manhood in the throat of a woman (representing South Africa) while she was being penetrated by a hyena in a Victorian suit.
Mabulu’s paintings have sparked outrage in certain quarters and heated debate around freedom of expression and respect for the rights of individuals in recent years.