ANCWL to march to defend Zuma's honour

2015-10-26 21:30
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Pretoria - The ANC Women's League is planning to march to Union Buildings on Friday to defend the honour of President Jacob Zuma, especially in light of a recent painting by Ayanda Mabulu, which shows a naked Zuma receiving oral sex.

"We condemn the denigration of the image of President Zuma by so-called artists. For example, recently the portrayal of the president's genitals in the mouth of a woman. The country was silent and even failed to condemn the imagery of violence against women," it said in a statement.

"Women reaffirm the leadership of President Zuma as the champion of the revolution. The leadership of the movement leading the national democratic revolution is represented by the face of its president, therefore, by virtue of this fact he is the human face of our revolution.

"The ANCWL, therefore, regards any attack on the president as an attack on the revolution and the organisation - the ANC."

The theme of the march was "women defending the national democratic revolution [NDR]".

"As we continue with the responsibility bestowed upon us to defend the NDR, as the leaders of one of its primary motive forces - the ANCWL - we will embark on a protest to defend the movement in general and the president of the ANC in particular as to ensure that the gains of the revolution amongst others are protected," the league said.

Further details on the march were not immediately available.

Mabulu's painting is called The Pornography of Power.

He told News24 earlier in the month that the painting was "about the situation that we are in in the country".

"There is no more time to decide to try and beat around the bush when you are painting. I made it my journey to paint and write and talk about what's happening in our society."

Artist Brett Murray's The Spear, which also depicted Zuma's genitals, had paint thrown at it, and was the subject of an urgent court application by the ANC, which was outraged by it.

Mabulu explained that this work expressed many of the ideas of Steve Biko and Franz Fanon, and of the slave "trainer" Willie Lynch.

"I am talking about being fucked. We are being fucked by parliamentarians, we are being molested," he said.

To see the full painting, click here (WARNING: Graphic content).

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