Zuma artist receives stern warning from ANC Women's League

2015-10-15 18:43
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Johannesburg - The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) has issued a stern warning against controversial artist Ayanda Mabulu after he painted a naked president Jacob Zuma, saying the painting was a "narrow-minded analysis" of the country.

The league's spokesperson Thoko Xasa said while the constitution protected individuals' rights to freedom of expression, everyone had an inherent dignity and the "right to have their dignity respected and protected".

"The painting has depicted the president in a despicable manner that seeks to undermine his character and leadership of the country," Xasa added.

The painting depicted a naked Zuma named The Pornography of Power.

The artist said at the time his painting was commentary on how the country was being "molested".

The ANCWL said when criticising the leadership and governance of the country, one must take into account the National Development Plan.

"As the ANCWL, we condemn the narrow-minded analysis of government and the ill-informed interpretation of government policies such as the NDP," Xasa added.

Xasa said they called on Mabulu to engage constructively and not taint nation building.

"As the ANCWL, we stand behind our president and will protect him from any form of unwarranted attack on his character and leadership. Protecting our president is protecting our country," she ended.

Read more on:    ancwl  |  jacob zuma  |  ayanda mabulu  |  zuma painting

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